A Week Of Walks , Weather And Wildlife Around Lake Irena At My Local Community Park.
Community Park, and it’s scenic Lake Irena, are located near my home in Hazle Township, Luzerne County. I have been a visitor here since I was a young child. I am pretty sure my first visit was in the Spring before I was in school. I remember well that the sunny cold day. It had to be late April or early May when my dad took me and my siblings to the park. We walked down and threw rocks in Lake Irena. In my imaginative childish mind it was like visiting an ocean. We would visit often, usually in early Spring. However as the years passed the visits to the park became less frequent. Little League, Cub Scouts and exploring the woods of Green Ridge with my friends ended the visits to the park and Lake Irena for many years.
I only recently rediscovered the beauty of the park and Lake Irena. Instead of taking a lunch break, I now take an afternoon walk here as often as I can. I enjoy sharing the natural beauty I find here, including views of picturesque Lake Irena, plants, wildflowers and, occasionally, some wildlife. This past week I was able to get in a hike every afternoon. On Monday we had seasonable November weather when I arrived at the park. It was partly cloudy with temperatures near 50 degrees. The clouds floating above Lake Irena created an almost postcard like photograph.
In the Summer I usually walk on the trail into the surrounding woodlands, to look for song birds, wildflowers and insects. However, since there is not much to photograph in the woodlands in bleak November, I took three walks around the lake. Almost all of the leaves have fallen from the trees. The ones that remain lost their colors and have become a dull brown color. The somber color of winter.
I returned to the lake on Tuesday afternoon. The temperature was about the same, there was a light breeze, and the skies were clearer. Only a few white clouds floated over Lake Irena. The waters were deep, blue reflecting the skies.
I didn’t see any living creature on two walks around the lake,
There was an even bigger change in the weather here in Northeastern Pennsylvania on Friday. A cold front passed through overnight dropping the temperatures into the low 30’s in the morning. The temperature was still only 37 degrees when I began another walk in the park.
I think they were just resting on their migration south, to warmer waters and better feeding areas. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photos of the birds I saw on my hikes this past week. Community Park birds, November 15-19 2021
I didn’t see any more wildlife on my walk on Friday afternoon. The fisherman had left Lake Irena too. There only another brave woman walking around the lake as I wish finishing my three mile hike. It wasn’t a pleasant walk with the cold wind blowing from the north And it will only get colder in the coming days.
I will still hike in the park and along the lake in the coming Winter months, but I am sure there will be fewer opportunities to photograph wildlife, especially once the lake freezes over. However, I am hopeful there will be some critters stirring, and Lake Irena will provide for some beautiful wintery scenery folks too. But I am already looking forward to Spring and the return of the robins and song birds.