Who says trees aren't colorful in the spring?
I found this little swamp maple seedling (at least I think that's what it is, though I'm really just guessing and will welcome any correction) when I spotted the bright orangy-red amongst the otherwise vernal greenery and dead-leaf tans of the wooded hillside. Closer investigation revealed this festive little fellow—as dressed up as any maple in autumn.
While my botany is pretty shaky, I'd guess the coloration is simply due to a temporary lack of chlorophyll in the just-unfurled leaves. Leaves always sport those bright colors we ooh and ahh over in the fall—it's just that the color remains hidden during the spring and summer months, masked by the overpowering green of the chlorophyll.
If you sort of look at the leaves overall arrangement, I think it looks like a scarlet-orange bat spreading its wings. (Okay, you might need to sort of squint, and put your imagination in free-spool.) At the very least, the little seedling seems to saying, "Where's my green!"