Archive for May 2015
A Short Hike Out The Railroad Tracks.
The day didn’t start off very nice, and we got some cold, raw rain, but that may sun peaked out this afternoon and warmed it up real quick here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I didn’t have a lot of time so took a quick walk out past the ponds and wetlands near my house and onto…Read More
Rails To Trails, An Asset To Every Community.
We had some perfect Spring weather here in Northeastern Pennsylvania today. Mild temperatures, plenty of sunshine and puffy cumulus clouds floating in deep blue skies. I decided to check out the newest addition to our local Rails to Trails. This wonderful program converts abandoned railroads into hiking trails for local residents. I have been hiking…Read More
Full Flower Moon
I see the moon and the moon sees me, photos from today up Tuesday I have a meeting God bless the moon and God bless me. Sorry that’s all folks. Long day and I am exhausted. Hope to get my photos from my hike today uo tuesday night. I have a meeting tomorrow night. Get out…Read More
May Macro Walk.
It seems our world here in Northeastern Pennsylvania has been transformed almost overnight. We have had a couple of days of warm weather and the flowers are blooming everywhere and the trees seem to have grown leaves overnight. Well not the oak trees, they are always the last to grow and shed their leaves. Love…Read More
Some Backyard Visitors.
We got some much needed rain earlier today here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Everything is now starting to come to life, even the oak trees. It was a busy day for me and decided to do some yard work when I got home so no time to take my camera out for a hike. But you…Read More
Sunshine In May Meant No Chores Today, A Beautiful Day For A HIke .
Spring is really making itself known here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The trees and flowers are in bloom, birds are nesting and everything is so alive. I had a lot of chores to do after work, including putting out my lawn furniture and cleaning my garage but not on a day like today. I grabbed both…Read More
Didn’t Have To Go Far To Find Some More Of Spring’s Beauty.
We are getting an early Summer here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Mostly sunny skies, high humidity and temperatures in the mid 80’s. No complaints from me. I love the heat. I got home from work a little early to enjoy the nice weather and was delighted to see a number of beautiful birds in my yard…Read More
Didn't Have To Go Far To Find Some More Of Spring's Beauty.
Glen Onoko, Lehigh River Gorge, A Lot Warmer Than My Last Visit.
Another nice Spring day and I decided to hike down in the Lehigh River Gorge.This river meanders through the edge of the Pocono Mountains creating a deep winding gorge as it does. I have hiked it in the late Fall and Winter but never in warm weather so thought I’d check it out today,…Read More
PPL Wetlands, Always Something New To See, And Today Was No Exception
I have always enjoyed my walks in the woods but always more so on Sunday mornings. Such a beautiful world we live in and enjoy the peace and beauty of nature to reflect on the week ahead. Today decided to head to the PPL Wetlands again since there is so much to see this time…Read More
It’s The Season, Snapping Turtles In Love.
You never know what your going to encounter every time you talk a walk in the woods. You just got to be quiet, patient and keep your eyes peeled. And you alos need a whole lot of luck. I was just about to head to the car after hiking in the PPL Wetlands in salem…Read More
It's The Season, Snapping Turtles In Love.
Raccoon. Not As Unique As Yesterdays Post , But A Lot Cuter.
Had a mixed reaction to my post of the videos of the snapping turtles yesterday. I still think it was an amazing video but some of you folks seem to differ and that okay. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It was another beautiful day here but I had some chores to do…Read More
Lilacs, Grosbeaks And Some Other Stuff.
Wasn’t able to get out with my camera today, except for a short hike to watch the sunset. That didn’t work out because of the clouds that moved in. Was still nice to be out in the woods with the fresh greens of Spring adorning the trees. I was lucky these past two days to…Read More
Some Color At The Birdfeeder On A Cloudy May Day
We had a drastic change in our weather here in Northeastern Pennsylvania today. Cloudy, windy and a whole lot colder. But, in my opinion there is no bad weather in the Spring. Everything is so green and alive that the weather just doesn’t matter. I had a late day at the office and was already…Read More
Have you ever seen a sunset you didn’t like? I haven’t. And I have been watching them from the rocks behind my house since I was in third grade. Well from late March until early September anyway, that is when the sun sets on the northern side of the ridge I live on. We used…Read More
A Short Hike Out The Railroad Tracks.
I left the office a bit early today and hiked out past the ponds near my house and out the railroad tracks. Although I have walked out these same tracks for many years, the surrounding area has been completely changed. A few years ago the strip mines, coal silt and culm banks were reclaimed.…Read More
PPL Wetlands, Spring Is in Full Bloom, And The Mosquitos Are Back.
We are so lucky to have the PPL Wetlands and Riverlands nature preserves in our area. These ponds, lakes, wetlands and former canals adjacent to the Susquehanna River are have an abundance of plant and animal life. I try to visit as often as I can and did so this morning. As they are everywhere,…Read More
PPL Wetlands Again?, Why Not, It Seems There Is Always Something To See There.
There were showers and thunderstorms in our forecast here in Northeastern Pennsylvania this morning. I decided to return to the wetlands I visited yesterday, where there are a number of short trails and loops, rather than hike out far and get caught in a storm. Of course, it didn’t rain but still glad I decided…Read More
Turkey Tango In My Backyard.
I got home from work today to hear a commotion going on in my backyard. It seems two younger gobblers (male turkeys) joined up to oust the big old timer who had been been chasing after the hens feeding in my yard. I got to my window to see them chasing him into the woods.…Read More
“I must have flowers, always, and always.” ― Claude Monet
I love this quote and I have to say I agree with Monet. I posted it on my Facebook page this morning. And this is the season for flowers, here in Northeastern Pennsylvania and throughout most of the Northern Hemisphere. I had to get my lawn furniture out tonight so not much time for photographs.…Read More
Backyard Feeders Always Come Through In The Clutch
Didn’t have much time to walk or work on my blog for today. Was looking for something quick and interesting. Looked out my window and, as always, plenty of activity at my bird feeders. So I just grabbed my camera and sat on my deck and took some quick photos. For some reason the goldfinches…Read More
Loss Of A Landmark
I heard from a friend the oyster mushrooms were growing in our area. Also known locally as the “shaking ash” mushroom this anise flavored mushroom is one of the first edible one to appear. I love them. I usually find them on dead aspen trees. So, after work, I hiked out in the woods near…Read More
May Showers, Flowers And Other “Stuff”, A Hike Out The Rails With My Macro Lens.
I left work a little early today thinking I would get some hiking in the sun out the railroad tracks near my house. It was mostly sunny, although windy and cool, when I left so I wore shorts and a tee shirt. Well not a good idea. When I got out a few miles some…Read More
May Showers, Flowers And Other "Stuff", A Hike Out The Rails With My Macro Lens.
More Birds At The PPL Wetlands
We had a gorgeous May day here in North eastern Pennsylvania. Cool but cloudless deep blue skies and plenty of sunshine. A perfect day to hike in one of my favorite areas to find the many species of birds that returned to our area, the PPL Wetlands. Didn’t take long to spot mommy eastern phoebe…Read More
The Lehigh Gorge From Above: On The Broad Mountain
Another beautiful day in Northeastern Pennsylvania. And I wasn’t going to stay indoors. I decided to hike the Broad Mountain to the spectacular view, above, of the Lehigh River Gorge. It’s about a 3 3/4 mile hike to the view on a good trail through State Game lands. The trail was improved with stone,…Read More
Waxing Gibbous Moon
Sorry didn’t get time for a blog entry yesterday but just enjoying this beautiful May days. And the nights are just as beautiful. The planets Venus and Jupiter are shining in the western sky, although dimmed by the waxing moon. If you are still up, get out and take a peek. The moon is even…Read More
Memorial Day In Small Town America.
I’m a couple of days late, we celebrated Memorial Day here in the United States on the last Monday in May. As a child this was always one of my favorite weekends, signaling the end of the school year, the beginning of the summer, cookouts, parades and my birthday, which I celebrate on June 1.…Read More
The Magic Of Rain.
I has been very dry here in Northeastern Pennsylvania this past few weeks, so i was very happy t see a line of thunderstorms move into our area this afternoon. Well, actually, I’m always glad to see a good thunderstorm. We got over an inch of rain. I decided to take a walk with my…Read More