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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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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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