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The Winter Solstice, And Winter, Arrives In Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The Winter Solstice arrived at 11:29 p.m. last Saturday here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The shortest day of the year and the beginning of Winter here in the Northern Hemisphere.  And it arrived as it should with cold and ice.  I decided to again hike in The PPL Wetlands and River Lands in Salem Township, Luzerne…

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Some Late December Sun At The PPL Wetlands

The sun was near its lowest position in the sky last weekend here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It was a week before the Winter solstice and I decided to again hike in the PPl Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County. I hoped to see the pair of mature bald eagles or the juvenile one I had…

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A New Face In The PPL Wetlands: A Juvenile Bald Eagle

After seeing the pair of bald  eagles last Saturday, I returned to the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County on Sunday. It was partly cloudy and seasonably cold with temperatures in the mid 20’s.  It was 9 a.m. when I arrived but the low December sun still cast shadows as I began my walk…

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Ghosts Of Summer In November At Locust Lake State Park

Last month I drove to Locust Lake State Park in Schuylkill in the hopes of spotting the bald eagle that I saw this last summer. I had heard it was still occasionally seen at the park. It was sunny at my house in Hazle Township but clouds had started to move in when I arrived at…

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A December Walk At The PPL Wetlands

It’s early December and we are approaching the Winter Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere. In two weeks, December 21, the shortest day, the sun will once again begin its slow return north.  In the middle latitudes of Northeastern Pennsylvania the light cast by  low December sun makes for some beautiful landscape photography. The skies…

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Freezing Rain, Sleet And Snow On The Rails To Trails

The calendar shows  there still are four weeks until Winter but, as is often the case here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, freezing winter  weather often arrives in November. And it did today. The temperature was 32 degrees when I began my hike at the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails trail.  A light drizzle was falling and…

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Bald Eagles At The PPL Wetlands

Last week I saw two bald eagles while hiking in the  PPL Wetlands in Salem Township.  It is always an awe-inspiring experience to see bald eagles on my hikes.  So  I returned to the wetlands on yesterday  in hopes of seeing them again.  Last week I scared them as I began my walk. I had…

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A Late October Hike On The Greater Hazleton Rail To Trails.

October, as described by the poet Henry Ward Beecher ,”… is the opal month of the year . It is the month of glory, of ripeness.   It is the picture-month.”.  I found this to be true on a couple hikes on my local Rails to Trails a couple of weeks ago, before the cold and…

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November Sunshine At The PPL Wetlands.

November means shorter  days and colder temperatures  here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. And it has been cold. We  had some near record breaking temperatures this past week. It has been a few weeks since I visited the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township so I decided to  hike there  on Saturday. I wanted to see how the…

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Autumn Beauty In My Back Yard. A Saturday Walk At Community Park

Autumn arrived late this year here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Some year the leaves have all fallen and there has already been snow on the ground. Not this year. We had a few cool nights but, so far, our Autumn weather has been mild. And so the leaves on the trees are just now achieving their…

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