Gecko with moth, Tsavo West National Park, Kenya; Dec 1977.

Geckos are common in Kenya, and often seen on the walls and ceilings of dwellings.  In my earlier years in Kenya – soon after this photo was taken – I lived in a downstairs flat that had no phone or TV and it was utter bliss! 

Sunset is always around 6pm or so on the equator, and I passed many quiet evenings reading.  My living room was home to at least two of these small lizards, and I shall never forget relaxing in my armchair, listening to them calling to each other, back and fore across the room – to call the scene peaceful would be vast understatement!

The one shown above is on the interior wall of a small hut in Tsavo’s dry bush country – a place teeming with insects and so absolute heaven for these little predators. Having them around was not only interesting, but they helped control the insect population in the home too.

OM-2 with 75-150 Zuiko and TTL flash; Agfa CT18 colour slide, rated at 64 ISO.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for all sorts of images, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

10 Responses to ARCHIVE 227 – GECKO AND MOTH

  1. Malin Ellisdotter H says:

    Haha… the dune mouse’s comment made me laugh… “You witnessed a murder”. 😀

    Nice photo of a cute little guy 😉


  2. Sallyann says:

    As much as I like this picture, I’m glad I’m not a moth. 😊


  3. oh my!! you witnessed a murder!


  4. bluebrightly says:

    Wow, those eyes!


  5. paula graham says:

    oh Dear, yes..Nature is soo example..we like both..and sadly the Gecko is not vegan!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes, Nature is red, horrifyingly so – out walking recently, I chanced upon a cat being killed by two dogs. The question for me is whether we are or can be separate from that. A


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