April Afternoon Sunshine At The PPL Wetlands.
Most of the month of April has been overcast with below average temperatures here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. On Wednesday it was windy and cold. But we had some clear skies and sunshine. I am working from home now and was bored. I decided it was too nice to pass up the afternoon sunshine so I drove to my favorite hiking spot, the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township.
I have been hiking here for almost ten years now and have come to know and love the trails, trees, flowers and canals here. Like I did in the woodlands near my home, before they were lost to development, I find much pleasure in visiting these now familiar woods, and looking for the signs of Spring I have seen in prior years.
And there plenty of signs of Spring along the trails. I first looked for the trout lilies, They are one of my favorite flowers in the spring. However, their delicate yellow petals do not last long. They only bloom for a few days so I try to enjoy them as often as I can on my hikes in April. I found some but many had already faded.
Nearby were these cuckoo flowers , which I identified for the first time with my PictureThis iPhone app. related to the bittercress family I believe they are a native wildflower. Please correct me if I am wrong.
As I walked along on of the old canals I saw this great blue heron and a turtle sharing a log in the water. I was prepared to get a photo of the heron taking off as I approached but it quickly turned and flew in the opposite direction before I could adjust my position . Well I tried. Dozens of missed shots I take for every good one I get.
Another sign of spring were the wild high bush blueberry flowers appearing on the bushes in the wetlands. I always envisioned, when I see the buds, the warm days of July when they would ripen and I’d be out picking them. So many summers I has done this in the woods near my home and I continue this tradition here in the PPL Wetlands.
Although it was sunny, the temperature was only in the low 40’s and a strong wind blew from the northwest, making it feel much colder. I had already walked much further than I planned so I began my walk back when I saw this bird facing the cold wind. I believe it is an Acadian flycatcher.
I stopped to check on the bald eagle nest and found it was occupied again so I am sure there are eggs in the nest. I’m looking forward to seeing the newest additions to the wetland family later this Spring.
Here is a link to a gallery in my website with more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands hike April 22 2020.
April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. William Shakespeare