Archive for July 2022
The Pickerelweed Is Blooming At Community Park. The Frogs And Dragonflies Love It
Summer arrived. here in Northeastern Pennsylvania last week. And every summer, if you visit the lakes and ponds in our area, you would be familiar with the blue flowers that bloom along the shores of the lakes this time of year. . They are pickerelweed flowers. Pontederia cordata Last Friday I took my usual afternoon hike…Read More
Europe Day Ten: Slovakia: A Long Walk And A Visit To The Botanical Gardens In Kosice Before The Storms.
I awoke early again on Thursday morning. It was my last full day in Kosice, Slovakia. I wanted to visit the botanical gardens in the city before I left. . The botanical gardens in Kosice were located about 2 1/2 mile from the Hilton Hotel where I was staying. It rained during the night. Rain…Read More
Close, But Sill No Bear, Another Hike On The Greater Hazleton Rails To Trails.
It was cloudy with a few showers here in Northeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday morning. I decided to stay close to home. There were a few more bear sightings at the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails near my home in Luzerne County this past week. So, of course I was off to too go looking for…Read More
Europe Day Eleven: Slovakia: One Last Walk Through The Streets Of Kosice.
I awoke early again on my last day in Kosice. I had come to love this interesting city I have never heard of it or this area of our planet a few weeks before my visit. I wanted to walk through it’s charming streets one last time before I had to leave. After a cup…Read More
Can It Be July Already? Another Hike In The Susquehanna Wetlands
It was Saturday morning and, even though I had many great places to hike here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, I was going to the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County. It seems I always find something interesting here. I was still amazed at my trifecta sighting of a bald eagle, belted kingfisher and wood ducks…Read More
Europe Day Eleven: Hungary. My Last Hike In Hungary In The Quaint And Green Town Of Vecses
It didn’t take me long after checking into the Airport Hotel near the Budapest Airport to head out and explore the nearby neighborhood. I was considering resting in my room , editing some photos and packing for my return flight early the next morning. But I was in Hungary and decided to take one last hike…Read More
No Bears, Again, But Another Nice, And Historic Hike In The State Game Lands In Dennison Township
My desire and mission to see and photograph a black bear continued on Monday. I decided to hike in State Game Lands 119 in Dennison Township Luzerne County. I have seen many bears hiking here over the years. But so far not a one on about five hikes this year. I was hoping that would…Read More
Wood Ducks, A Kingfisher And A Bald Eagle, Again, Another Great Hike in the Susquehanna Wetlands
I returned to the Susquehanna Wetlands on Saturday, once again hoping to observe some cool critters to share here on my blog and social media. I always loved hiking and now it is even more enjoyable being able to share photos and reflections from my hikes, . Two weeks ago I saw wood ducks, a…Read More
Another Hike In State Game Lands 119 And On The Black Diamond Trail In Luzerne County.
I know I am getting boring. With so many wonderful places to hike in Northeastern Pennsylvania, I returned to State Game Lands 119 and the Black Diamond Trail in Luzerne County on Sunday morning. I like hiking here since I know the trails and I have seen many black bears on my previous hikes. here…Read More
Dragonflies, Butterflies And Bees At Lake Irena And Community Park.
I returned to Community Park in Hazle Township, Luzerne County a couple of times these past two weeks. I took my usually three mile afternoon hike around Lake Irena and into the surrounding woodlands. No eagles or bears but a lot of bees, butterflies and dragonflies. The was nice Summer weather for all of my…Read More
Birds And A Bobcat, Yep, A Bobcat, At The Susquehanna Wetlands in Luzerne County
I always thought I had seen a bobcat or two on my many miles of hiking in the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania over the years. However, I was never quite 100% sure. The critters I suspected of being a bobcat always ran quickly into the woods leaving me with some doubt. It looked like a…Read More
No Bears And Not Many Birds But Still Another Nice Hike In State Game Lands 119
I was still excited and elated from my surprise and unexpected encounter with the bobcat in the Susquehanna Wetlands on Sunday morning. It was such a beautiful animal. And I was so fortunate to see and photograph this usually seclusive critter. I decided to search for another one of my favorite Pennsylvania mammals in State…Read More
Mushroom Season Begins, A Mushroom Hike And, Surprisingly, I Found Some Mushrooms!
Mid July is usually the start of mushroom season here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I have been picking edible wild mushrooms since I was around three years old. My dad taught us how to pick and identify “red top’ and “cozie” mushrooms. They are two species of bolete mushrooms. We would spend many wonderful hours over…Read More
Summer Heat , Cicadas and Cicada Killer Wasps At The Susquehanna Wetlands.
Summer is at it’s peak here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. And this year it has produced some mid-Summer heat. Temperatures reached 90 degrees this past week. As usual, I decided to make my weekly visit to the Susquehanna Wetlands and River Lands in Salem Township Luzerne County. I was still excited from my sighting of the…Read More
A Sunny And Hot Hike On The Greater Hazleton Rails To Trails
The heat wave continued here in Northeastern Pennsylvania on Sunday. Temperatures would reach 90 degrees again. I decided to stay close to home and hike on the local Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails in Hazle Township, Luzerne County. I took my usual 2 mile early morning walk in my neighborhood and then drove to the…Read More
Summer Heat, Insects, Wildflowers And A Few Birds At Community Park
Summer is at it’s peak here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. And we experienced a Summer heat wave this past week with temperatures reaching 90 degrees. I was able to get out to the Community Park, located a short distance from my home in Hazle Township Luzerne County, for a 3 mile walk on most weekday afternoons. …Read More