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Finally, Frigid Temperatures Arrive In Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The past few weeks my blog post talked about the mild Winter we have been having here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Well, an arctic front arrived on Friday bringing with it  frigid temperatures and sunshine. It was 3 degrees in my backyard this morning.  I was curious to see how the cold affected the geese, ducks…

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A Bald Eagle Sighting At the PPL Wetlands Is Always Exciting

Temperatures remained near freezing Saturday night here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. This is mild for February in these  parts. We also got another dusting of snow. I decided to return to the PPL Wetlands and look for one of  a bald eagle. A  family of eagles  have nested near the wetlands and have been visiting the…

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Colder, But Still Above Average At The PPL Wetlands And Riverlands..

After another week of above average weather here in Northeastern Pennsylvania the temperatures finally dropped before freezing on Friday and we got about an inch of snow in my backyard. I decided to drive to the PPL wetlands and riverlands in Salem township on Saturday. Located about 15 miles from my house the wetlands and…

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The Winter Thaw Continues In Northeastern Pennsylvania.

The usually January thaw has become  a winter thaw this year here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Unseasonably warm temperatures returned to the area last week. I drove to the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township and found this unusual scene, completely ice-free lakes and ponds!  Even the Susquehanna River was free of the usual chunks which, in…

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Tanzania Day Eight: A Morning Nature Walk To The Muddy Shores Of Lake Manyara

I awoke on a  mild and overcast Spring day in Tanzania. I left my tent/lodge at the Burunge Tented Camp and made my way to the main lodge to join my group for a nature walk to the shores of Lake Manyara. I  was disappointed I didn’t see and zebras or giraffes on the way. …

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A Carbon County Saturday: An Abandoned Cemetery, A Historic Town And A Hike Along The Lehigh.

It has been a while since I hiked   the Lehigh River Gorge  in Carbon County. So, on Saturday, I planned to park at the Leslie Run  access and begin a hike on the D & L trail along the river.  It was  mild, for February, with temperatures in the mid 30’s. And it was overcast…

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Tanzania Day Seven: An Evening At The Burunge Tented Camp With Giraffes And Zebras

After leaving the wildlife of Lake Tarangire National  Park, we drove about a half hour to the Burunge Tented Camp where we would spend the night.  Located above Lake Manyara , I soon discovered that our wildlife life observations weren’t over for the day. As I  walked to my room, a tented cabin , I saw…

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Tanzania Day Seven: Tarangire National Park

We had arrived. After a short stop at the park entrance, we were soon driving our safari vehicles  on the dusty and scenic roads of Tarangire National Park. Our mission was  to  search for wildlife.  The landscape was dominated by mostly  acacia and  baobab trees.  It was the dry season in Tanzania and the grass…

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The Mild Winter Continues At The PPL Wetlands

Mild winter weather returned to  Northeastern Pennsylvania this weekend. After a brief cold spell this past week, with seasonably cold temperatures and a few inches of snow, Saturday brought rain and warmer temperatures. Returning to the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township I again found the Susquehanna River completely ice-free. This is not normal for late…

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Tanzania Day Seven: The Safari Begins With A Drive To Tarangire National Park

After diner on Thursday evening our small group  met  in the hotel lobby and discussed our upcoming  safari with our guides from the Seven by Far Safari.  I was excited to visit the parks of northern Tanzania again. I slept well and awoke early the next day.  After  a wholesome breakfast  our group embarked  on…

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