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An Unsuccessful And Uneventful Search For “Red Top” Mushrooms

Since I was a very young child, I have searched for “red top”  and ” cozie” mushrooms  (birch and orange aspen bolete  mushrooms) in the woods near my home in Hazle Township in Luzerne County.  My dad taught us how to identify them. We enjoyed eating them and we dried some  and made soup for…

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Summer Winds Down At The PPL Wetlands And Riverlands

It was Sunday, and once again I found myself hiking in the PPL Wetlands and Riverlands in Salem Township Luzerne County. I know there are so many beautiful hiking trails in our area but I have come to love this small nature preserve.  It was mostly cloudy, and a bit cooler and less humid when…

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Another Look At The Insect Kingdom And Wildflowers With My Macro Lens.

I was always fascinated with insects. As a young child my backyard was my world. I would watch the ants on the ant hills and spiders on their webs  for hours. In grade school I remember borrowing books about the insect kingdom and urging my parents to purchase  the How and Why book about Ants…

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Afternoon Hikes At Community Park: Bugs, Flowers And More Cool Stuff

These past few months  I have been taking a lot of afternoon hikes in my local Community Park near my home here  in Hazle Township Luzerne County. Before the corona virus  restrictions I would join my nephew, and law partner, for lunch.  Since the restaurants are now closed I use  the time I spent eating…

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August Already! An Early And Quiet Walk In The PPL Wetlands

August is here. Hard to believe the Summer is half over. Spring, Summer and Fall pass so quickly for me,  but Winter feels like it last forever. Anyone else  feel this way?   Anyway, I decided to  visit the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township Luzerne County again on Saturday . I love this place. Usually so…

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A Look At The Insect World With My Macro Lens

Spring is a great time to hike and explore the beauty of nature here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. And, these past few years, to also photograph and share this beauty here on my blog and social media. The returning migratory song birds, flowers, and the new, fresh green leaves of the plants and trees create a…

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Herons And More Summer Heat: A Hike In The PPL Wetlands

It wasn’t quite as hot on Saturday as it has been on some of  my previous hikes these past few weeks when  temperatures were in the  mid 90’s.  But it was still hot at he PPL Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County on Saturday morning. . Temperatures were in the mid 70’s when I arrived…

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Another Hike In The Heat: This Time Along The Lehigh Canal In Walnutport

I knew it was going to be another hot day last  Sunday. Temperatures in the 90’s were predicted  I decided to hike along the Lehigh Canal in Walnutport. I had hiked here a  few times now,  on the southern portion of the canal trail.  I only hiked the northern trail once in the Spring.   It…

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Grasshoppers, Dragonflies And Some Other Cool Stuff At Community Park

It’s been a few weeks since I hiked at the local Community Park near my home in Hazle Township. So I took a couple of hikes in the park and around Lake Irena last  week. When I arrived on both Wednesday  and Friday I was greeted by swarms of grasshoppers and dragonflies darting, flying and…

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Cubs, Fawns And Some Other Visitors To My Backyard

The heat of summer has returned here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The birds and other critters  visiting my feeders and backyard have dwindled.  However,  I still had some visitors here in my backyard. Last week mommy bear returned with her two cubs. They helped themselves to the corn I put out for the deer and turkey. …

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