Photo by Susan C. Morse
“We were exploring a remote wetland
within the Brushwood Community Forest
in West Fairlee, Vermont,” says Susan C.
Morse, who captured this shot. “I was
bringing up the rear and happened to
notice this magnificent gray tree frog
on a red maple tree. It was so superbly
camouflaged that it blended in completely
with its environment. We were all spellbound.” Morse says that the species, Hyla
versicolor, is noted for its unique ability to
change color from gray to green, or from
nearly black to nearly white, according to
predominant background colors. Its mottled,
textured pattern further conceals the frog
among lichens and bark features.