A Spectacular Last Day Of May At The State Game Lands In Luzerne County.
May came to an end like it started here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, with below average temperatures. Our heat wave ended on Saturday and Sunday was clear with cool temperatures in the 40’s when I drove back to State Game Lands 119 in Dennison Township in Luzerne County. I hoped to see the mother bear and her cubs that I encountered last week. Or maybe one of the large male bears I had seen on prior hikes.
I left my Jeep at the parking lot and proceeded to walk on the main access road to the game lands. Most of the trees in the woodlands along the trail were now covered in newly sprouted leaves. The deep blue skies provided a pretty contrast as the leaves shimmered in the early morning sunlight.
I re-traced my steps from last week, following the main road to the abandoned railroad right-of-way that led to the Black Diamond trail at the bottom of the ridge. It is about a 1 1/2 mile hike to the trail.
Near the start of the trail I saw a flock of cedar wax-wings feeding in a tree.
Pink azalea or, as my dad called them wild honeysuckle were scattered along the trail. These delicate flowers only blooms for a few days in May but provide so much color to the Spring scenery when they are in bloom.
Walking further down the trail I came to the area I saw the mother bear and her cubs along the Nescopeck Creek. I walked down to the creek and looked around. hoping to see them again but they were not here this week.
It was a perfect day to be out doors and reflect on the beauty that surrounds us here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. After my short rest I walked past the wetlands alongside the trail and listened to the croaking of the frogs and the hash cries and singing of the many red-winged blackbirds that live there.
One more bird came near enough for me to photograph, a black and white warbler. Here is a link to a gallery with more photographs of the birds I saw on my hike. State Game Lands Dennison Township May 31 2020.
It was now early afternoon. It took me about 4 1/2 hours to complete my 7 mile hike in the game lands. No record pace there, but well spent time it was enjoying the beauty of our are and keeping my eyes peeled. Here is a link to a gallery with more photographs from my hike. State Game Lands Dennison Township. May 31 2020.
“The blooming spring is the smile of the ever-joyful nature.”