Having seen nearly neon-bright lizards in Taiwan, I liked this use of electricity to capture the vividness of their speedy green movements, and the perfect description of latency held in check in their ‘alert petrifaction’.

‘Green lizards, freshly woken from their winter torpor, scuttled electrically and froze in postures of alert petrifaction.’

Source: Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time of Gifts: On foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube (London: Penguin Books, 1977), p. 272

Photo credit: Linus Mimietz at unsplash.com

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