Today when I got home from work, Martin had a surprise for me... a tiny, one-inch long baby alligator lizard!
Martin found it just outside our sliding glass doors by the walkway to the pool. It was just looking around, but in danger of being stepped on by people on their way to the laundry room. He got it into a jar, and put some leaves in to give it some shelter (and a few aphids in case it wanted a snack!). Then he poked holes in the lid, and waited for me to come home.
I LOVE lizards, and this was one of the most exquisite things I have ever seen! I admired it for several minutes, then we took it out to my garden and let it go next to my big lemon balm bush. But it didn't leave right away, instead it ran out of the jar and onto my hand. After a minute, it continued walking up my arm, looking at me. We finally realized it was going to stay on my arm, so Martin took a leaf and gently guided it off onto the dirt. It stayed for a bit and looked around, then finally it disappeared under the bush. I used to have lots of lizards in my community garden plot, but I have never seen one here at my home garden, so this was a special thing for me. I believe they bring good luck and prosperity. A garden with lizards is a healthy garden.
This isn't the lizard I met, but it's about the same size and coloring:
What a lovely end to my week! Definitely a gift to treasure...