On the shore of one of the most beautiful lakes in the country and possibly the world and this little guy skittered out so we had to stop our descent down to Crater Lake so I could take pictures of a lizard.
Picture taken with Sony a6000, SEL 18-200mm lens @ 20mm, 1/320 sec, f/10, ISO 200
This was the first
salamander lizard we saw on the trip. Apparently there are something like 30 types of salamander in the Smoky Mountains.
Camera didn’t like trying to focus on the face in this one, so it breaks the one rule of animal photography and doesn’t have the eye in focus.
Picture taken with Canon 60D, EF-S 18-135mm @ 135mm, 1/100 sec, f/11, ISO 400
Edit – the presence of scales say this is definitely *not* a salamander as originally titled, but some variety of lizard. Salamanders would have smooth skin more like a frog.
Edit 2 – best guess is that this is a Ground Skink or a Coal Skink.