An End Of Summer Hike At The PPL Wetlands
Fall begins next Saturday here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, so this was the last full weekend of Summer. I took a few short hikes looking for some wild mushrooms early on Saturday, and finding none, decided to visit the PPl wetlands in Salem Township on the last weekend of Summer.
Although the leaves on the trees are still mostly green, they no longer have that Spring and early Summer freshness. Most are blotched from mold and fungus infestation or filed with holes from insect activity.
As I walked through the wetlands I did not see any turtles on the logs or banks of the canal. And the many dragonflies that darted throughout the trails were gone as were most of the song birds. There still some insects and a lot of caterpillars including a woolly bear caterpillar.
It was a warm day, temperatures neared 80 degrees. The trees were still green and appeared that summer was still at its peak. I even smelled that heavenly aroma of honeysuckle in the air and found these late-blooming Spring flowers.
But it’s not Spring . As shown above the wetlands have changed and in a week or two it will get colder and the colors of Fall will erupt around us. I love the Fall but I do not like the long and cold Winter that follows. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands hike. Sepetember 15 2018.