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A Forgotten Memory Card Results In An Early Fall Hike On The Greater Hazleton Rails To Trails.

I took a pleasant five mile hike on the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails on Saturday.  And it wasn’t planned.  I was planning on visiting the Susquehanna Wetlands in  Salem Township , hoping to see the river otters again.  But, after driving the 40 minutes to the wetlands nature preserve, I  discovered I forgot the…

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River Otters And Late Summer Flowers: A Wonderful Wildlife Encounter And September Beauty At The Susquehanna Wetlands

It was a good week in  my search for wild edible mushrooms. I found many edible species during the week,  including the “redtop” (aspen scaber stalk bolete) and “cozie” birch scaber stalk bolete needed for our traditional  Polish mushroom soup we serve at Holy Supper on Christmas Eve. So I decided to take a morning…

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A Green Heron And Some Mushrooms At Community Park in Hazle Township.

Just a short blog today from another hike at the Community Park near my home in Luzerne County on Monday    and my encounter with a green heron.  It was a mostly cloudy and warm September afternoon.  I decided to take a day off  from my search for wild mushrooms. I enjoy my afternoon walks…

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A Carolina Wren, A Phoebe And A Red-Tailed Hawk: A Cool September Morning Hike In The Susquehanna Wetlands

It was a cool September morning when I awoke early Saturday  at my home in Hazle Township in Luzerne County. The temperature dropped into the 40’s overnight for the first time since May.  The skies were mostly  clear when the sun rose at 6:41 a.m. After  I took my usual two mile walk through my…

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No “Redtop” Mushrooms But A Gorgeous September Day In The Woods Of Northeastern PA.

My mission on Saturday was simple. Find some “redtop” mushrooms. We have had a lot of rain this Summer here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  And the   mushrooms have certainly benefited. I have picked bushels of the many species I know are safe to eat. However, I have found only a few “redtop” or aspen scaber stalk…

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Cool Clouds, Mushrooms And Birds: Another Afternoon Hike In Community Park

Just some quick observations, and a few photographs, from an afternoon  hike at the Community Park near my home in Hazle Township Luzerne County this past week. It was a typical late August day on Monday. It was warm and humid with temperatures in the 70’s. Cumulus clouds floated in the skies above Lake Irena…

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A Lot Of Green Herons, And A Few Other Critters, Including A Couple of Otters At The Susquehanna Wetlands

It was overcast last Saturday morning, with rain in the forecast. Shortly after I awoke it began  pouring rain at my home in Hazle Township.  I had planned to meet a photographer  friend and hike in the Susquehanna Wetlands , twenty miles from my home in Salem Township Luzerne County.  I was thinking of canceling…

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Some Critters, Wildflowers And Observations Form A Couple Afternoon Hikes At Community Park.

As I did in July, during the month of August, I continued taking some occasional afternoon hikes at the Community Park near my home in Hazle Township, Luzerne County. Most of my afternoon hikes were on  dry days,  with either abundant sunshine or partial sunshine and cumulus clouds floating in the blue skies over Lake…

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As The End Of Summer Approaches, Flowers And Insects Dominant The Susquehanna Wetlands

It is hard to believe that it is the last week of August, and the end of Summer  is only a few weeks away. I love the warm weather and I am always saddened as the days shorten and the sun moves toward the southern horizon. It’s been two weeks since my last visit, so…

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Mushrooms, Cabins And A Bear!!! Another Hike On The Susquehannock Trail In Potter County

The sun was shinning when I woke up in Coudersport in Potter County last  Sunday morning . I decided to return to the Susquehannock Trail for my last hike before I left God’s Country.  This time I decided to start my hike on the trail head   across from the campsite at Patterson  State Park.  It…

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