An Easter Morning Hike In The PPL Wetlands.
At one time my Easter morning routine was to visit my mom and dads house after church on Easter morning. We would always eat food from the blessed Easter basket followed by a game of rolling Easter eggs. Good memories they were. Mom and dad are gone now, and with social distancing in effect, I traveled to the PPL Wetlands to spend a quiet Easter morning service enjoying the beauty of Nature. A perfect place to celebrate the new life Easter represents.
It was overcast but a seasonable 45 degrees when I arrived at the wetlands. Too chilly for the spring peepers and turtles to be active. However, I immediately noticed signs of the Spring and the new life it brings. As I walked along the trails I noticed that the trout lilies were now in bloom.
I was surprised to find one of the pair of Canada geese sitting on the nest I thought they abandoned. In my blog post last week I was sure they had given up on the nest. It looks like I may have been wrong and they may still have a family this year.
And I was in for an even bigger surprise, a pair of common mergansers were on one of the canals in the wetlands. I have seen many of them on Lake Took-A-While but never in the wetlands before. And, the female was standing on a log. She had a body! Usually only their heads are visible as they swim in the water, It was a nice sight to see. I am hoping they nest here in the wetlands this year.
And there were more signs of Spring, including these new leaves on an elderberry shrub. There tiny berries will be enjoyed by animals and humans alike, but not until mid August. Sadly the berries always reminded me of the end of summer and a return to school.
Easter morning wasn’t the same for me again this year, it never will be again I guess, but it was nice spending it in the wetlands with the beauty of nature around me. The message of new life arising from the old is very easy to understand out here. Here is a link to a gallery on my website with more photographs from my hike PPL Wetlands April 12 2020.
Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime. Martin Luther