Afternoon Hikes At Community Park: Bugs, Flowers And More Cool Stuff
These past few months I have been taking a lot of afternoon hikes in my local Community Park near my home here in Hazle Township Luzerne County. Before the corona virus restrictions I would join my nephew, and law partner, for lunch. Since the restaurants are now closed I use the time I spent eating lunch walking. I miss the lunches, but enjoy my hikes exploring the park, lake and surrounding woodlands.
As I was leaving I did some upon these two domestic ducks which, unfortunately, I learned , may have been left by an uncaring owner. It began to rain so I left, but returned to try and locate them but I didn’t see them again. I am hoping they are safe. The owner probably purchased them as cute young ducklings at Easter but decided they were too much trouble as they matured. Irresponsible and sad.
I begin my hikes with a walk along the shores of Lake Irena. It is about a 3/4 mile hike walk around the lake. I look for insects and frogs in the large patches of pickerelweed growing on the shores of the lake. As usual the many species of dragonflies and
this one I used to know but forgot. I am sorry, I wish I had more time to try and identify all of these interesting insects but it is hard enough for me to just edit the photos and put a quick blog together. Remember, I am still working at my law office so my time is so limited. But I do love sharing the photos on my blog. So any help with the identifications would be appreciated.
Leaving the lake I walked into the surrounding woodland and I headed to a patch of milkweed, hoping to find some more monarch butterfly caterpillars. I didn’t find a one but I I did find this bee on a milkweed leaf.
As I returned to the lake I found a few giant puffball mushrooms in a field near the trail. I love this edible mushroom but they were to old to harvest.
A little further on I found another mushroom, the poison pigskin puffball. As it’s name implies it is poisonous and will make you sick. And, it is not really a puffball. My dad called them “shoe polish mushrooms” since he and his young friends would slice the immature mushrooms and use the slimy blue pores inside as shoe polish. My brothers and I would toss the old mushrooms at each other and laugh as they exploded in a cloud of mushroom spores.
On my afternoon hikes I would return to the lake an walk around one more time hoping to find some interesting plant, insect bird or animal. This past week I didn’t see anything exotic or rare like a bald eagle or snake, but I enjoyed the simple beauty of the water lilies in bloom,
or the delicate wings of another dragonfly. Here is a link to a gallery with more photos of some insects I saw on my afternoon hikes. . Community park insects August 7 to 12 2020.
The peak of Summer is now past, and the days grow shorter and nights longer, but there will still be plenty of warm sunny days and I hope to spend some more of them here at Community park. Here is a link to some more photographs from my afternoon hikes. Community Park hikes August 7 to 12 2020.
“Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”— Henry James