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Morning Mist And Sunshine: The End Of Summer At The PPL Wetlands.

I awoke to clear, calm skies and a cold 37 degrees at  my home in Hazle Township Luzerne County on Saturday. I decided to return and hike in the PPL Wetlands, in Salem Township. It is located  about 20 miles  north of my home. When I arrived I found a cold mist  rising on the…

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Late Summer Walks At Community Park

It’s hard to believe it’s late Summer already. It seems as if we were just celebrating the arrival of the robins and first flowers of Spring . But Summer is ending,  and I saw many signs of  the coming Fall on a couple of afternoon walks I took at my local Community Park  these past…

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Wood Ducks, A Kingfisher But No Bald Eagle At the PPL Wetlands

After another week of searching for wild mushrooms, this time with some  success, (this is a photo of some of my finds, including chicken of the woods, hen of the woods, and milker mushrooms),  I decided to take a break and search for wood ducks, bald eagles, kingfishers and other wildlife, at the PPL Wetlands…

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An Early September Hike At The PPL Wetlands: Beavers, Muskrats And Deer

September is mushroom season here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I spent my afternoons last week and all day Saturday looking for bolete, hen of the woods and chicken of the woods  mushrooms. I didn’t find any. So,on Sunday,  I decided to take a break from my mushroom hunting and return to the PPL Wetlands in Salem…

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Late Summer Green Ridge Walks With My Macro Lens. More Butterflies and Insects.

Late Summer  arrived here in Northeastern Pennsylvania with more heat and sunny days. I spent a few of those hot, sunny afternoons walking in the woods near my home in the Green Ridge section of Hazle Township with my macro lens. Once again the  patch of flowering mint near my house attracted a number of…

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No Mushrooms But A Nice Hike In The Weiser Stater Forest Roaring Creek Tract

My search for the orange birch, aspen and oak  bolete mushrooms  took me to the Roaring Creek Tract of the Weiser State Forest in Columbia County last Sunday. I had hiked there a few times and thought it might be a good place to look for these mushrooms. My family has gathered these “red top”…

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The Bears And Many Of The Birds Are Gone, But Still Some Critters In My Backyard.

It’s been over a month since I shared some photographs of the critters that visit my backyard here in Hazle Township in Luzerne County.  The mother bear and her cubs have not returned since late July. And many of the song birds have stopped visiting my feeders. However, I still have some critters that visit…

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Walking, and Observing, The Beauty Of Nature As Summertime Draws To And End At Community Park

“‘There’s a time each year That we always hold dear Good old summertime”  So say the lyrics of and old time song. And I agree, I love the summertime. Sadly, as we can see  by the decreasing daylight, the sun retreating from the Northern skies and many other signs, summertime is coming to an end….

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Finally, Some Wildlife Sightings On An Early Morning Hike In The PPL Wetlands

On my last few hikes in the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County I saw little wildlife.  I think this was  for  a number of reasons. First many of the song birds have already began their journey south. Second I have walked on some very hot days and I believe this discourages wildlife activity….

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Flowers And Berries: A Hot August Afternoon Hike in The PPL Wetlands.

I got a late start on Saturday and decided to visit the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County in mid afternoon. It was a hot August afternoon, with a temperature of 90 degrees when I began my hike. I once again was surprised by the complete silence in the wetlands. No birds, no frogs,…

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