A Hike Out To The Penrose Reservoir. Shortened By Storm Clouds.
We had record breaking heat here in Northeastern Pennsylvania this weekend. I love the warm temperatures and humidity and decided to hike the railroad tracks outside the town of Weatherly up to the Penrose Reservoir.
I was looking for copperhead and rattlesnakes in the rocks along the tracks when I ran into this beautiful critter. I didn’t know it at the time, but I now believe it is a northern race snake. I was able to get pretty close to him/her. They are not venomous, but I also learned they are very aggressive, so I am lucky I didn’t get a bite as a result of the close ups I took. It truly was a graceful animal as this link to more photographs will show. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/pennsylvania-amphibians-and-reptiles/nggallery/pennsylvania-amphibians-and-reptiles/northern-racer-snake
The woods was filled with the sounds of many song birds but I had a very hard time trying to find them in the now lush green foliage. The railroad right of way is surrounded by many large, second growth pine, maple, oak and hemlock trees. It is always nice to see the forest future sprouting up. Hopefully someday, other folks will walk under the shade of this young oak tree.
I heard a few ducks in the distance but was surprised not to find any other waterfowl on the water. I have seen many species of ducks, geeses, otters, and an american bittern out here. On Saturday it was only the frogs and tadpoles that shared this peaceful time with me.
I wanted to spend some time on my way back looking for more snakes and trying to photograph the many birds I heard singing on the hike out. But the weather had other plans. I first noticed some large cumulus clouds in the distance to the north.
The forecast I watched earlier in the day said there was only a slight chance of a widely scattered thunderstorm late in the day. However when i looked to the south I saw huge anvil clouds in the distance. I know those clouds produce thunderstorms and it was not good to be three miles in the woods when you see them.
The clouds from both the north and south grew more ominous and I thought for sue I was going to find myself in the middle of a thunderstorm. I wouldn’t have minded so much if I had brought a cover for my camera but i didn’t and didn’t want to walk in a downpour so I picked up my pace as the sky darkened.
I didn’t make it back, a steady rain fell for about 10 minutes but it could have been much worse. I avoided a torrential downpour that hit some nearby areas and avoided the thunderstorms in the area. I was disappointed since it would have been a perfect day to look for snakes. Well I am sure there will be a lot more this Summer. And it was still a nice day for a walk, as is every day in the month of May. Here is a link to some more photographs I took on my hike Saturday. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/penrose-and-railroad-hike-may-28-2016
“The weather is nature’s disruptor of human plans and busybodies. Of all the things on earth, nature’s disruption is what we know we can depend on, as it is essentially uncontrolled by men.”
― Criss Jami