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Insects, Flowers And Even Some Birds With My Macro Lens.

It’s the peak of mushroom season here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. So I was out walking with my macro lens again. As regular followers of my blog would know, I don’t share the location of my hikes when in search of wild mushrooms. Unfortunately, once again, I found more insects and flowers than I did mushrooms. …

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Late Summer At The PPL Wetlands

Although there is almost another full month of Summer, it felt a bit like Fall at the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County last Sunday. It was overcast with temperatures in the low 50’s when I arrived at the wetlands early in the morning.  A walk along trails confirmed that Summer was coming to…

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Mushrooms Were Scarce But A Lot Of Cool Insects

Late August usually means an abundance of mushrooms here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Of, course it depends on the weather and the amount of rainfall. But the  longer, and cooler night, most years, produce at least some mushrooms. So, on Saturday, I grabbed my macro lens and visited some woods where I found mushrooms in previous…

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A Good Day For Wildlife In Northeastern Pa.

 On my weekly hikes, I am  always  looking for wildlife to photograph and share.  A  bear, snake, bald eagle  or some other spectacular critter  are on my wish list on every hike.  But some days you can hike for  miles  and not see any wildlife at all.  Of course, there will still be so much…

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Nature Up Close: Another Hike With My Macro Lens.

My love of nature began when my dad took me looking for wild edible mushrooms at a very young age. He taught me and my sibling how to identify the two species of  scaber bolete mushrooms his dad taught him.  We also learned so much more about the wonderful world of nature, ant hills, caterpillars,…

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A New Friend At Community Park, An Endangered Great Egret

About two weeks ago I saw my first great egret on  Lake Irene while walking in the Community Park near my house.  Although their shape is similar, there is no mistaking this magnificent white bird for the great blue herons that frequently visit the lake.  I have been walking in the park for years and…

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Ferns, An Egret And A Few Other Critters At The PPL Wetlands

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Mushrooms, Insects And Flowers: A Hike With My Macro Lens

It was a spectacular Summer day here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Clear skies and cool  Canadian air filtered into the Commonwealth. It was a perfect day to search for wild mushrooms. Once again I hiked with the macro lens on my camera since I didn’t want to give my location away. I was only going to…

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A Couple Of New Visitors At Community Park

Last week, while hiking at our  local Community Park, I was surprised to see a large white bird wading on the far shore of Lake Irena. It was a  great egret.  I had never seen one at the park before.So, after work on Thursday I decided to go back and see if it was still…

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Searching For Wild Mushrooms, A Summer Hike With My Macro Lens

Summer moves on. It is August now. And here,  in Northeastern Pennsylvania, in most years that means the many species of wild mushrooms are sprouting in our forest and woodlands. The key ingredient is rain. And we have had plenty  this year. So this morning I was off searching for some of my favorite edible…

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