Archive for February 2020
Tanzania Day Seven: An Evening At The Burunge Tented Camp With Giraffes And Zebras
After leaving the wildlife of Lake Tarangire National Park, we drove about a half hour to the Burunge Tented Camp where we would spend the night. Located above Lake Manyara , I soon discovered that our wildlife life observations weren’t over for the day. As I walked to my room, a tented cabin , I saw…Read More
A Carbon County Saturday: An Abandoned Cemetery, A Historic Town And A Hike Along The Lehigh.
It has been a while since I hiked the Lehigh River Gorge in Carbon County. So, on Saturday, I planned to park at the Leslie Run access and begin a hike on the D & L trail along the river. It was mild, for February, with temperatures in the mid 30’s. And it was overcast…Read More
Tanzania Day Eight: A Morning Nature Walk To The Muddy Shores Of Lake Manyara
I awoke on a mild and overcast Spring day in Tanzania. I left my tent/lodge at the Burunge Tented Camp and made my way to the main lodge to join my group for a nature walk to the shores of Lake Manyara. I was disappointed I didn’t see and zebras or giraffes on the way. …Read More
The Winter Thaw Continues In Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The usually January thaw has become a winter thaw this year here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Unseasonably warm temperatures returned to the area last week. I drove to the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township and found this unusual scene, completely ice-free lakes and ponds! Even the Susquehanna River was free of the usual chunks which, in…Read More
Colder, But Still Above Average At The PPL Wetlands And Riverlands..
After another week of above average weather here in Northeastern Pennsylvania the temperatures finally dropped before freezing on Friday and we got about an inch of snow in my backyard. I decided to drive to the PPL wetlands and riverlands in Salem township on Saturday. Located about 15 miles from my house the wetlands and…Read More
A Bald Eagle Sighting At the PPL Wetlands Is Always Exciting
Temperatures remained near freezing Saturday night here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This is mild for February in these parts. We also got another dusting of snow. I decided to return to the PPL Wetlands and look for one of a bald eagle. A family of eagles have nested near the wetlands and have been visiting the…Read More
Finally, Frigid Temperatures Arrive In Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The past few weeks my blog post talked about the mild Winter we have been having here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Well, an arctic front arrived on Friday bringing with it frigid temperatures and sunshine. It was 3 degrees in my backyard this morning. I was curious to see how the cold affected the geese, ducks…Read More
Hiking Along The Weissport Canal.
Temperatures warmed up here in Northeastern Pennsylvania overnight. It was 3 degrees on Saturday morning but had risen to a mild 25 degrees here in my backyard in Hazle Township this morning. Warmer, but still below freezing. I knew that the ponds and canals at the PPL Wetlands would still be covered in ice. So…Read More
Tanzania Day Eight: A Scenic Drive To The Ngorongoro Highlands
After our morning hike, and a delicious breakfast, our group left the Burunge Tented Camp and headed for the Ngorongoro Highlands. These highlands surround the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater, formed by a massive ancient volcano. We would spend two nights at the Ngorongoro Farm House near the entrance to the crater. It was about a 100 mile,…Read More
Sunshine And Another Sign Of Spring At The PPL Wetlands
Although we had a few cold days with temperatures plunging into the low teens this past week, our unusually mild Winter continued. This morning the skies were clear and I decided to return to the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County. It was 28 degrees when I arrived around 9 a.m. I wasn’t sure…Read More
The Snow Geese Return: Morning Magic At Middle Creek
About 15 years ago my brother Mike asked me to join him, his son Mike Jr. and my brother Joe to take a ride to see the snow geese migration at Middle Creek. At that time I had never heard of snow geese or Middle Creek. That day I would come to know, and love,…Read More
A Hike On The Elders Run Trail At Middle Creek
It was a beautiful morning on Sunday in Middle Creek in southern Lebanon County. The sun rose in the clear blue skies warming up the cold morning temperatures. After enjoying the magic of the snow geese, and watching the many species of ducks on the roadside ponds, I decided to hike on the Elders Run…Read More
Ducks, Geese And Mergansers, The Water Fowl Return to the PPL Wetlands.
It is the weekend and I again hiked in the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township Luzerne County. It seems these wetlands always reward me with some wildlife sightings. They have become my favorite hiking trails in the area. Although it was cloudy and a freezing 19 degrees Saturday morning, we had warmer temperatures and heavy rain…Read More