August Arrives With Some Heat, Clouds And Critters At Community Park.
August arrived with a mid-summer heat wave here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Temperatures soared into the 90’s. The humidity levels made it feel tropical. I love the heat and I continued my afternoon hikes at the local Community Park near my home in Hazle Township, Luzerne County . And I continued my usual routine of walking around scenic lake Irena. It was even more scenic with the mid Summer cumulus clouds.
The afternoon heat and humidity produce the cumulus clouds, and, in some areas of Northeastern Pennsylvania severe thunderstorms. Unfortunately, in my area most of them missed us. We need the rain. It has been a very dry Summer.
When I returned to the park on Wednesday a cold front had passed through. The temperatures were cooler, in the low 80’s with much less humidity. The skies were clear and deep blue. The lake reflected the deep blue skies.
I always take a walk into the surrounding woodlands after my walk around the lake. I keep my eyes peeled for mushrooms but I didn’t see many because of the very dry conditions in our area from lack of rain.
and I saw these just hatched caterpillars on some milkweed plants. They are tussock moths and like the more famous monarch butterfly feed exclusively on milkweed. Sadly, I saw no monarch butterfly caterpillars. I would see hundreds of them years ago. They are now endangered.
I saw one more critter on my hike in the August heat, this squirrel scurrying around the park looking for a handout or for some food left by visitors to the park. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photos of the critters I saw on my hike at the park. Community Park critters August 1 to 5 2022.
I didn’t see anything exotic or exciting at Community Park on my hike the first week of August, but they was still plenty of critters and flowers to see at the park. The beauty of nature is all around us, you don’t have to travel to far away places to see it. Just take a walk in Community Park and keep your eyes peeled. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hike the first week of August. Community Park hikes August 1 to 5 2022.
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”