These are the colorful males of the newly described species.
Germán Chávez and Diego Vásquez from the Centro de Ornitología y Biodiversidad (CORBIDI) in Peru have discovered a new colorful lizard which they named Potamites montanicola, or "mountain dweller". The new species was found in Cordillera de Vilcabamba and Apurimac river valley, the Cusco Region of Peru at altitude ranging from 1,600 to 2,100 meters.
by Steven Barringer
A beautiful and colorful small village in Taichung, Taiwan where almost everything in site is painted joyful colors. A sense of wonder and peacefulness is felt as you wander the tiny streets of this modest section of the big city. Bright lively colors call out to your inner child as you find what appears to be an endless seam of creative whimsical imagery. A must-see for any one in Taichung.
From my understanding this tiny village in Taichung, Taiwan was painted by Mr. Huang Yongfu, an original native of Hong Kong, now 90 years old. There are stories/rumors that he painted the village to draw attention to it’s new beauty, thus keeping the old village from being torn down for newer buildings. Another possibility was that he wanted to create something beautiful in his rather drab little retired military village.
"The eye often wearies of red brick, gray steel and beige stone. For this, the solution is house paint. When an entire neighborhood assumes the colors of the rainbow, even the front gardens pale in comparison. Throughout the world, there are ten particularly stunning towns that resemble freshly opened packages of crayons – offering a respite from our dismal urban surroundings and reminding us that our personal environments need not be so bland."
Photo: Thor Hakonsen
"Once seen, the fiery colors of a panther chameleon are never forgotten, and this photograph of the species is surely one of the best. Male panther chameleons are more vibrantly colored than females, and when they encounter one another males will often color-change in shows of dominance. " Written by Michele Collet