August 30, 2014

Tip of the Iguana

Photograph by Lorenzo Mittiga, National Geographic Your Shot

Not quite as threatening as some sea monsters, a spiny-backed iguana floats by photographer Lorenzo Mittiga in the Bonaire Caves of the Dutch Caribbean.

"There I was, fully equipped with my camera, its underwater housing, and a wide-angle lens, preparing for the final setting of the sun, when a friend interrupted my solitude," writes Mittiga, a member of our Your Shot community. “He had dived into the water above my head and was swimming around the entrance of the cave, as if to say 'hello' to me.”

Mittiga’s picture recently appeared in Your Shot's Daily Dozen.

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66 comments
Tina Wade-Lucas
Tina Wade-Lucas

This is a fantastic shot. At first, I too was like 'what the hell kind of fish is that'.  Then, I saw the arms/legs.

Kayla Burnes
Kayla Burnes

These Nat Geo Photographs never cease to amaze me <3

Kip Keino
Kip Keino

When I 1st saw this photo, it looked like a profoundly odd fish.  Upon seeing it a 2nd time, I see the top of the lizard's head and realize it's an iguana.  Fascinating on several levels!

sina lakzayi
sina lakzayi

حالم از عکستان به هم خورد//////////////////////////////////////ahahahahahahahhahahhahhahahahhahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

yari manzasni
yari manzasni

how can you capture a moment like this.....amazing, welldone

Shannon T
Shannon T

This is one of the coolest photos I've ever seen. Well done.

mercedes villar drever
mercedes villar drever

Lorenzo you have been gifted with this moment and we have been with your shot. Chapeaux !



Bebka Barusova
Bebka Barusova

wow 

 the most spectacular foto of inguana I´ve ever seen 

Janice H.
Janice H.

Wonderful!        Quite the picture.         Such a surreal looking creature, like it's right out of a dream.      Amazing!

Madhumita Pal
Madhumita Pal

Amaziing shot !!!

And a lovely story .... its as if the iguana wanted to be photographed !! :)


Albert Villoria
Albert Villoria

Hamdy Mostafa have you seen Allah? have you seen God? I never seen God but i believe in God and i have faith in God. All we need is to respect every religion.

Hamdy Mostafa
Hamdy Mostafa

look at the sky !
look at the cave!

look at the spectacular!

look at the water!

look at these small things in the water!


all this creatures proves the greatness of the creator 

who created all these amazing things?!


really .. No God but allah

Dave Clark
Dave Clark

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Can Cihan
Can Cihan

spectacular, very inspiring indeed.

Steven Newcomb
Steven Newcomb

That is the most spectacular iguana I have ever seen photographed.  Usually they're just sitting and staring at the camera.

B. Colin
B. Colin

Very inspiring and refreshing to see a natural image which  goes  beyond the usual cliches of the vast amount of nature photography  being presented these days.


Thank you for expanding the visual wonderment of our fragile,  natural world

Ingrid van der Meiden
Ingrid van der Meiden

picture perfect and we see that he holds his arms next to his body at swimming, very interesting to know !!!

Maria Malu
Maria Malu

Very unusual , it tricks your eyes . Well done .

Pete Zaidel
Pete Zaidel

I rarely even think to comment on these, but this is just too spectacular not to. 

Steven G.
Steven G.

Essence! The true essence of RASTA!

Rick Mentore
Rick Mentore

,,,,,,,,,Lock-nest Monster  is a coming!!!!    This is perhaps as spectacular as it gets,.just wish the photographic genius who  arted it described/disclosed his gear.

Once again
Once again

and nice things happens to those who are ready. well sometimes at least  ; )

creepy look  though

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