A Mid November Hike In The Now Leafless PPL Wetlands.
It has been over three weeks since my last visit to the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County. On my last visit the Fall foliage was still near its peak. Not on Saturday when I returned. It is mid November and almost all of the leaves on the trees had fallen to the ground.
Some years there would have already been snow by mid November here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Not this year. So far it has been a mild Autumn with only a few flakes of snow. In fact we had just experienced a week of near record breaking temperatures. However, a cold front moved in on Friday and the temperatures were in the mid 30’s when I arrived at the wetlands on Saturday morning.
It was mostly sunny when I began my hike on the leaf covered trail. It is so different here in mid-November. In the warm months the wetlands are so colorful and alive. Bird song, frog peeping and croaking, and insects buzzing and chirping fill the air. On Saturday it was quiet and somber as I walked on the brown fallen leaves.
And, although it was quiet and there was a lot less wildlife activity in the warmer months I still saw a few birds as I walked under the bare trees in the wetlands. A few song sparrows fluttered in the leafless trees.
and I saw what I think are a few pine siskins. Again, when I am unsure of an identification, please feel free to comment and correct me.
I hope I am wrong on the identification of this plant. It is poison hemlock according to my iPhone plant identification app. It is not a plant you want to touch or eat. It could be lethal to humans and animals.
In contrast to this deadly plant I found one last flower blooming on my five mile hike, a pretty wild New England aster. It will probably but the last flower I see here in the wetlands and riverlands until the Spring.
Some more clouds blocked the sun as I ended my hike and returned to my car in the parking lot of the wetlands. Although I miss the abundant wild life and lush vegetation that I find here in the warmer months I still enjoy my cold weather walks here in the wetlands. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my mid-November hike in the wetlands. PPL Wetlands November 14 2020.
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds,