Archive for April 2020
Florida Day Three. A Final Sunrise Visit To Royal Palm And Off To Key Largo
It was my last day in Florida City so I decided to drive out to the Royal Palm visitor center in the Everglades National Park and watch the sun rise. I wasn’t sure of the location of the sunrise at Royal Palm but I was sure it would be a nice place to be even…Read More
An Osprey, A Mockingbird And Some Teals While Social Distancing At The PPL Wetlands
Social distancing has become a part of our everyday conversation here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the United States and all around our small planet. The corona virus has rapidly spread across the globe upending our normal routines, our economies and, for those living in the developed world, our comfortable lives. The virus has brought fear, sickness…Read More
Florida Day Four: Exploring Key Largo Parks.
After a pleasant, but late evening, with friends, I was up early my first morning in Key Largo. My lodging was on the western gulf coast of the keys so I did not have a view of the sunrise. And on my last visit I couldn’t find a place to watch it rise on the…Read More
Birds, Deer And Other Backyard Critters Make Stay At Home Fun
The corona virus has affected almost all of us living on this small planet, directly or indirectly. And I am pretty sure most of you who read this blog are now familiar with the terms social distancing and stay at home orders. Well, since our law office was considered non-essential I have been under this…Read More
More Critters, And Signs Of Spring, At The PPL Wetlands
After my backyard, I think my favorite place to hike and observe wildlife in Pennsylvania is the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township Luzerne County. So last weekend I returned early to the wetlands preserve on Sunday in hopes of seeing, and sharing photographs of , some of the critters that live there. It was another…Read More
Searching For Spring In Walnutport, Northampton County
I often see the sign for Walnutport on my travels to Philadelphia via the Pennsylvania Turnpike. As you cross the bridge over the Lehigh River just past Lehighton the sign directs you south on Rt. 248 . I have never been to this quaint little town until this past Tuesday. A friend hiked on a trail…Read More
Exploring The Scenic And Historic Lehigh Canal In Walnutport.
Some of you who follow my blog may be familiar with the historic Lehigh Canal from my hikes along this abandoned waterway in Weissport. Constructed in the early 19th century it played a large role in the Industrial Revolution here in the United States. It was built to transport coal in the canal along the…Read More
Florida Day Four: A Manatee And A Yellow Bellied Sapsucker At Key Largo
After my morning visits to the parks in Key Largo, some relaxation at the pool and editing photographs in my room at the Seafarers resort, I visited some friends at the Kawama Yacht Club. It was located a few miles away on the opposite, Atlantic coast, of the key. While touring the facilities at the…Read More
An Easter Morning Hike In The PPL Wetlands.
At one time my Easter morning routine was to visit my mom and dads house after church on Easter morning. We would always eat food from the blessed Easter basket followed by a game of rolling Easter eggs. Good memories they were. Mom and dad are gone now, and with social distancing in effect, I…Read More
Nothing Says Spring Like April Flowers
The appearance of flowers is one of the surest signs that Spring has arrived here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Of course the return of the robins and other migratory birds, the longer days, warmer weather and the leaves on the trees are much appreciated after a long Winter, but its the appearance of the flowers that…Read More
Florida Day Five: A Key Largo Sunrise, Sunset And Searching For An Abandoned Nike Missile Base In Between
When I awoke early Saturday morning on my visit to south Florida I was looking forward to watching the Key Largo sunrise. Thanks to some friends I had access to a pier with a view of the Atlantic Ocean and the rising sun. After parking my Jeep, I walked past the marina where I had…Read More
Cloudy, Cold And Dreary But Its Still Spring In Salem Township At The PPL Wetlands
Well, it’s Saturday and I found myself at the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township in Luzerne county again this morning. There are so many wonderful places to hike and observe nature here in Northeastern Pennsylvania but I have come to love these wetlands in Salem Township located about 20 miles from my home It seems…Read More
Florida Day Six: Key Largo: Another Hike In A Hammock And More Florida Birds
On my recent visit to south Florida, I awoke a little too late in Key Largo on Sunday morning to catch the sunrise. After making some coffee I decided to again hike in the Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park. It was about a five-mile drive from the Bar Harbor Resort and I…Read More
Spring Sunshine Along The Lehigh Canal In Walnutport.
The weather forecast finally called for some sunshine on Sunday. Many of the past weekends were cloudy and rainy. I decided to take advantage of the Spring sunshine and hike along the Lehigh Canal in Walnutport. This would only be my third hike on the trail along the old canal but I think it has…Read More
Florida Day Seven: Exploring And Enjoying Beautiful Key Largo
My last day in beautiful Key Largo began with a drive to the Kawama Yacht Club resort to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic ocean. Every sunrise over an ocean is a different and awe-inspiring experience. The subtle and changing hues of orange, yellow, red and pink dance across the waves as the sun…Read More
April Afternoon Sunshine At The PPL Wetlands.
Most of the month of April has been overcast with below average temperatures here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. On Wednesday it was windy and cold. But we had some clear skies and sunshine. I am working from home now and was bored. I decided it was too nice to pass up the afternoon sunshine so I…Read More
Florida Day Eight: An Early Morning Walk And Then , Going Mobile, A Drive Through The Everglades
I was up before dawn again, on my last day in Key Largo. I was heading toward the Tampa area and I wanted to get in an early morning walk in before I left the Keys and drove north. I left my room at the Bar Harbor Lodge in the morning twilight and walked south…Read More
Signs Of Spring At The PPL Wetlands In Salem Township
Just for the record, there are many beautiful places to hike here in Northeastern Pennsylvania besides the PPL Wetland in Salem Township, Luzerne County. Every weekend I consider visiting one of the many other state and local parks and trails in our area. However, when the weekend comes, I decide to return to the PPL…Read More
Florida Day Eight: Discovering The Quaint Beach Town Of Venice
Until I booked my hotel room at the Inn at the Beach I had never heard of the town of Venice in Florida. While finishing a cup of coffee on Tuesday morning in Key Largo I decided it might be a good place to spend a night on my way to Tampa. Spring Training was…Read More
Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks And Some Other Birds In My Back Yard.
Every Spring I anxiously watch my bird feeders, awaiting the return of the migratory birds to area. Some make my area their home. Others are just passing through. The rose-breasted grosbeaks are one of my favorites. And a pair showed up at my feeder yesterday morning! It is hard to believe that these two pretty …Read More