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Snakes, Toads And A New Bridge At Community Park.

It’s hard to believe that Summer is here .  The warm months seem to pass so quickly. The magical season of  Spring is  over. I have been outdoors every weekday afternoon this past month . I take a three mile hike with my camera searching for the wonders of nature close to my home. Many of…

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Mountain Laurel, Sundews And An Oven Bird, A June Hike Close To Home.

Last Sunday I had to get my usual seven mile  hike in early.   I was looking forward to  attending  the Baptism of my great nephew baby Charlie at 10:30 a.m..  So I decided to stay close to home and  hike on the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails.  It was overcast and cool with a light…

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After Torrential Rains, A Chorus Of Brood X Cicadas At Nockamixon State Park

The  Brood X cicadas have been making the evening news almost every day now . The Brood X  hatch is  especially large in the southern states and the Washington D.C. area. And they are not discriminating who they fly into too.  News reporters, politicians and even the  President have had collisions with these  insects.  These…

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A Peaceful And Pleasant Hike In The Big Meadows Of Shenandoah National Park.

It’s has been 38 years since I had slept in Big Meadows in the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. The last time it was in the campground with my baby brother Mike after graduating from law school in nearby Washington D.C. This time I awoke  in the quint and comfortable Big Meadows Lodge. It was…

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No Bears Or Snakes, But Some Birds, Bugs And Wildflowers At State Game Lands 119

I have  not seen a bear on any of  my hikes this year. And for the first time in many  years none have visited my back yard here in Hazle Township in Luzerne County.  I only saw two all year, near Barnesville, in April.   So, on Sunday I decided to hike in State Game Lands…

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A Long Overdue Return To Big Meadows In The Shenandoah National Park

After my short visit to Kings Gap State Park in Cumberland County on Memorial Day I was on the road again.  This time I  was driving 3 hours south to the lodge at Big Meadows in the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. It’s hard to believe I last  visited, and camped, here over 38 years…

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Mountain Laurel And Cicadas At Kings Gap State Park

I was happy  to awaken in Carlisle on Monday with the sun shining. We had a few days of rain at my home in Northeastern Pennsylvania and it was raining when I arrived  in Carlisle the previous evening. After a quick cup of coffee I was on my way to explore  Kings Gap Environmental education…

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Wood Ducklings And Hawk Fights At The Susquehanna Wetlands

Warm June weather returned to Northeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday and what better way  to enjoy it then hiking in  the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township Luzerne County. I  started at the wetlands and first checked out the river hoping to see an eagle or osprey out on a morning fishing flight. No fishing birds on…

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Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright Unites Architecture And Nature

I enjoyed my recent  brief visit to Pittsburgh a few weeks ago. On my last day, after my early morning hike along the Allegheny River,  I checked out of my hotel. It was about a 4 1/2 hour drive back to my home in Northeastern Pennsylvania. However I decided to drive a few mile out…

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My First Encounter With Brood X At Kings Gap State Park.

I’m sure many of you, living on the East Coast, have  been hearing about Brood X and the 17 year appearance of these  cicadas this year.  Well,  this past Sunday I wanted  to get away for a couple of days. I also wanted to observe some of these interesting insects, so I headed to Kings…

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