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The Armored
Brigade

Contrary to what you may hear in the news, violence and crimes against persons are not a recent phenomenon. Even back in the Mesozoic Era, some concerned citizens took to wearing body armor full-time. In the epochs following most have become one with their protective hides. Meet a few of the pragmatic survivors.

Chin Up!
Hi-res [50mm + 25mm tube]
Asleep
Hi-res [90mm macro and +1 diopter]
Cyrano de Beardi, a young bearded dragon is my pet. I got him as a gift from Michelle. His pastime of choice is doing nothing. He makes an exception at feeding times: his larger T-Rex relatives must have behaved thus at meal-time.
Vertical
Hi-res [50mm + 25mm tube]
Close-up of lizard-face
Hi-res [70-210 + bellows]
Unlike his illustrious namesake, Cyrano is far less vicious than his jagged looks would suggest. Most of the spikes are quite soft. Fortunately for him, he's sure of regular meals and fanatical loyalty from his people. Knight Cyrano
[90mm macro]
Sharp!
Hi-res [50mm + 25mm tube]
Cyrano has excellent vision. His independently articulated vision ports can pick up a cricket as far as a meter away. Unfortunately, not unlike knights or tanks, he spends much of the time buttoned up. Buttoned up
Hi-res [90mm macro with 58mm reversed]
Vision port
Hi-res [90mm macro with 58mm reversed]
Ear
Hi-res [90mm macro with 58mm reversed]
Up in a tree
Hi-res [90mm macro]
In practical terms that means that he must rely on his mediocre ears and scary but thin armor for survival. Fortunately for him (and unfortunately for the cat), I take the dragon's side.
Up above
Hi-res [90mm macro]
Lately, that feeling of safety has gone to the lizard's head. He began lurking above the cat's probably paths, much like Robin Hood had once loitered in hopes of scoring confirmed kills. The ultimate outcome of such an encounter must be left to imagination...for now.

Big, Moody Eyes
Hi-res [80-200 + 32mm tube]
Doleful
Hi-res [80-200 + 32mm tube]
While de Biass the Monitor appears melancholic and relaxed, his thought process is anything but. Currently he is regretting the need to tolerate humans feeding him...but only until he grows to 1.5 meters and can tear them limb from limb, shredding their soft skin with claws and ripping tasty guts out. In short, he'd make a perfect public office holder.
Butt-ugly
Hi-res [80-200 + 32mm tube]
Plate armor
Hi-res [90mm macro]
The skink, comonly known as Hey, Butt-ugly!, shows that Toulouse-Lautrec was far from the worst visual effect Nature can produce. The plate-armored iguana, Nobunaga, is little better -- but few dare to comment.
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