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January Sunshine At The PPL Wetlands

Many days this month  were dreary  here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Cloudy, windy and cold they were.  It was nice to see clear blue skies  when I awoke last  Saturday morning. It was a cold 18 degrees here in Hazle Township, Luzerne County.  But I knew that  the clear skies meant there  would be abundant January…

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A Visit to the Rain Swollen Susquehanna River.

As I  mentioned in a previous post, a nor’easter snow storm followed by a heavy rain storm flooded our streams and rivers here in Northeastern Pennsylvania last month. The day after the  Christmas rain storm I drove to the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County to observe  the rain swollen Susquehanna River. The swift…

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Cold Weather Visitors In My Backyard

I haven’t seen any bears or migratory song birds these past two moths. The bears are hibernating and the song birds have flown south. But I still have had some cold weather visitors in my backyard here in Hazle Township, Luzerne County.  My bird feeders have not suffered any assaults from the bears that usual…

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A Couple Of December Hikes in the PPL Wetlands

I haven’t had a lot of time to post here on my blog these past few weeks but I’m finally catching up on some of my hikes. So here are some photographs and thoughts from a couple of December hikes I took in the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County, one of my favorite…

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A Cold December Hike To Anson B. Nixon Park In Kennett Square

On the morning after  my recent visit to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square I awoke early at the Fairfield Hotel on East Baltimore Pike. I  decided to walk to the Anson B. Nixon Park on the outskirts of  the town. I had visited this local community park on my last visit in July.  Located near …

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A Hike Along The Raging Lehigh River.

A snow storm, or as we call it  nor’easter,  dumped over a foot of snow here in Northeastern Pennsylvania last week. Another storm brought warm temperatures and over three inches of rain on Christmas Eve.  The rain and rapid snow melt caused small stream flooding and swelled our local rivers.   I decided to drive to …

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Some Christmas Magic At Longwood Gardens.

Despite the Covid -19 pandemic that has altered and devastated so many of our lives this past year,  Christmas magic still exists. I  found some of it at Longwood Gardens in Chester County this  past weekend.  This was my second visit to Longwood Gardens. I first  visited last  Summer to see  Sprout the corpse plant. …

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Exploring The Remains Of The Mahanoy Plane: A Hike Into Our Coal Mining Past

I have been re-reading a book  about the anthracite coal mining history of  our area, “The Miners” by Mary Siegel Tyson.  The book is about her ancestors  who worked in these deep and dangerous anthracite coal mines in the Hazleton area of Luzerne County. In the first chapter of the book  reference was made to…

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A Bald Eagle And Mockingbird On Another Hike In The PPL Wetlands

It was Sunday , and, once again, I returned for a hike in the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township Luzerne County. I arrived around 9 a.m. under clear blue skies, brilliant sunshine, with seasonably cold temperatures in the mid-30’s. The trees along the trail were bare and the wetlands again were quiet.  The  early sun…

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A Thanksgiving Day Hike At Community Park.

Heavy rain was in the forecast for Thanksgiving Day this year. This is not the worst forecast this time of year. I have experienced many Thanksgivings with snow on the ground here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. And it did rain in the morning. However, it cleared up around 11 a.m. and the sun was shining and…

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