After a couple of busy weeks, I finally have some free time so I’m trying to catch up with so some blog posts. I enjoy sharing photographs from my hikes here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This post is from a hike I took in the Community Park located a few miles from my home here in Hazle Township last month. It was a bright sunny days and the Fall foliage was just past its peak.
There was still plenty of color at the Community Park. The mid October sun filtered through the leaves of tall oaks in the picnic and playground areas of the park.
The waters of Lake Irena reflected the clear blue skies,
and the colorful trees along its shores.
The insects, frogs and birds that I usually see as I walk along the shores of the lake were gone. However I did see some wildlife, but not the kind I expected. There were a large number of trout swimming in the waters.
I learned the Fish Commission had just stocked the lake.
It wasn’t hard for the many local fisherman to catch their daily limits. Many of the stocked fish were found in the shallow waters at the north end of the lake.
After observing the trout I followed the trail along the lake under the still colorful trees.
The many colored leaves reflected the brilliant October sun.
It was a perfect day for a hike.
I left the lake and walked the trail into the surrounding woods.
Here, still blooming along the trail were some of the last flowers of the season including the purple spotted knapweed,
some white=panicle asters and
fall dandelions or hawkbits.
There were also many hay-scented ferns along the paths, providing a sweet odor to the air as I walked past.
I returned to the deep blue waters of Lake Irena and walked the trail along it’s shores one more time
Here I saw my last dragonfly of the season. There were no any animals on my hike but it was still a beautiful walk on this sunny mid October afternoon.
I enjoyed it knowing there will not be many more. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike in Community Park. Community Park hike October 14 2020.
“How beautiful the leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” John Burroughs