A Short Hike Out The Railroad Tracks.

A Short Hike Out The Railroad Tracks.

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I left the office a bit early today and hiked out past the ponds near my house and out the railroad tracks.  railroad hilke (18 of 18)

Although I have walked  out these same  tracks for many years, the surrounding area has been completely changed. A few years ago the strip mines, coal silt and culm banks were reclaimed. And so a lot of places that played a part in my life are now only memories. It is still a nice walk to watch the seasons change as I walk  past the ponds and wetlands and out the tracks

And it  seems things change overnight in the month of May. All of the trees, even the late oaks,  are now covered in  their fresh young leaves. The japanese knotweed, the invasive weed that is everywhere in our area, was just poking it’s first shoots out of the ground a few weeks ago and is now taller than me. The nesting geese and a turkey hen I encountered are acting very defensive as i walked by, probably guarding a hidden nest. railroad hilke (4 of 18)

And, almost as if they sprouted overnight, the lady slipper orchid or “duck flower”, as my dad called them is blooming. I love this delicate flower even more now since it so much reminds me of dad. He loved taking us along the “stripin” roads looking for these beautiful flowers and what he called the “honeysuckles” the wild  pink azaleas now in bloom. They once were abundant in this area before the lands were “reclaimed”. railroad hilke (14 of 18)

Always nice to walk in the woods but so much more so in the month of May when so much is going on. Here is a link to a few more photographs I took on my walk today. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-5/nggallery/blog-photos/railroad-tracks-hike-may-15-2015





  1. charles Karchner on May 16, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Good stuff.

    • fskokoski@gmail.com on June 8, 2015 at 6:19 am

      Thanks Charles. Check out my two latest posts. have you been to either place?