Abundant November Sunshine At Community Park In Hazle Township.
November sunshine is not common here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. November is usually our cloudiest month of year . I remember years when we didn’t see the sun all month. Many of my November memories are of cloudy and dreary days. However, this past week we were blessed with abundant November sunshine. And I took advantage of it, hiking four afternoons in the nearby Community Park , which is located a short distance from my home.
The skies were cloudless on Monday and Lake Irena reflected their blueness. It was also unseasonably mild with temperatures approaching 60 degrees. More than a dozen fishermen took advantage of the sun and mild weather, hoping to catch a late season fish. There were also a lot of people walking around the scenic lake.
I was surprised to also see a dragonfly dart through the air, and to see this red-spotted or eastern newt swimming in the cold water. I seldom see them even in September many years, never in November.
I returned to the park on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both days were repeats of Monday, clear blue skies and mild temperatures. Tuesday I saw a lone bufflehead duck swimming on the cold blue water of the lake. . It stayed in the middle of the lake and this cropped photo was the best I could get.
Instead I finished my three mile hike walking around the lake. I didn’t see anymore wildlife but enjoyed the beautiful views the clouds and lake provided. I was glad to be able to enjoy the November sunshine. As I write this post it is cloudy, with rain, and even some snow, in the forecast for the next few days. Our usual November weather is back. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my hikes at Community Park. Community Park hikes November 8 -12 2021.
I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air. Nathaniel Hawthorne