A Cool And Windy June Walk Near Home
It felt more like Fall here in Northeastern Pennsylvania today. It started off cool in the morning and got even cooler after a cold front moved through bringing in unstable cool and dry Canadian air. There were off and on clouds and showers but when the clouds broke the intense June sun shone brilliantly in the deep blue skies.
The air was cool but invigorating and I had to hike into the local woods and enjoy it. The rain once again made everything look so green and alive. The plants are all growing at a rapid pace now including the burdock, or as we called it the elephant ears plant.
I walked out to the same railroad track, as I have been doing in June since I was in third grade. I enjoy walking out here now just as much as I did back then. I was hoping to see a passing train but i wasn’t lucky today.
I didn’t encounter a lot of wildlife, once again probably because of the cool and windy weather, but I did annoy a few red winged blackbirds and they let me know it by flying overhead , and, at time buzzing my head.
The male birds are very territorial and defend the nest of the female . You can see from these photos how they got their names. Here is a link to a few more photographs of these birds. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/red-winged-blackbird-june-8-2016
The only other wildlife I encountered were a couple of ticks. The woods in our area are infested with them and I always check myself to see if any of these disease carrying pests attached themselves to me. I found a few of them today and took a close up of this ugly fellow when I got home.
It is such a beautiful time of year and I love every minute of it despite the cool and windy weather, after all it is June, in my opinion the best month of the year. Here are some more photographs from my hike today https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/railroad-hike-june-8-2016
“There is no way that we can predict the weather six months ahead beyond giving the seasonal average”
― Stephen Hawking,