Last night we had a gray tree frog on our glass door.

Gray Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor)

Gray Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor)


As I tried to take its picture, it leapt off the door and onto the siding. I stepped out and tried a little flash photography (the above being the result).

I wasn’t sure at first if I had correctly identified it because the color seemed off, so I looked it up. That’s when I found out what the species name versicolor means. Yes, they can change their color like a chameleon, only not nearly as fast. I think that’s pretty cool. No wonder they always seem to match the bark of the tree they are on. I don’t often see them, but I don’t think they are uncommon.

Today before church started I went out to the Pathfinder trailer to fetch a backpack. On the way I spotted a plant I had never noticed before.

Orange Grass (Hypericum gentianoides)

Orange Grass (Hypericum gentianoides)


I thought it looked like a little tiny St Johnswort, and as it turns out, that’s exactly what it was. I was running late so I didn’t have a chance to take a careful photo of it. We’ll have to settle for this very hurried hand-held shot instead. I read up on this one too, and now I think it may have been a good idea to be late for what I was doing rather than pass this one up. The blossom only opens when there is strong sunlight. Maybe I’ll get another chance soon.

I sure hope so.

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