The Shumard Red Oak (Quercus shumardii) in my back yard is beginning to show signs of Fall, as the first few green leaves gently transform into shades of yellow, orange, and red. As I stood beneath the tree, camera and tripod ready for bird action, I sensed movement in my peripheral vision. It took me a minute to spot this Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis), sitting very still and not looking green at all. In fact, I believe he/she was doing his very best to hunt for food while not becoming a bird meal at the same time.
I swung my camera around to get a better look at this young lizard, so I would not send him scurrying away by moving closer to him. I instantly noticed the white dorsal stripe accenting his backbone. Funny, I have never noticed this before, and I’ve seen anoles often enough. Is this anole different, or am I just continuing to notice new things?
Apparently this anole didn’t care for my papparazzi-like camera clicking, and he scuttled off. A very few minutes later, I spotted him clinging vertically to the trunk of the oak tree.
…And THERE’s the green! It never gets old, watching an anole’s color change…it’s like magic.
How fitting, I thought, for this magical creature to hug the equally magical and color-morphing tree. Lucky me, to have been in the presence of them both.