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Sunshine And Blue Skies: The First Day Of Spring At The PPL Wetlands.

Saturday was the first day of Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere.  The sun crossed north of the Equator  at 5:37 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The weather doesn’t allows cooperate with the arrival of Spring here  in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Many years we have snow and frigid temperatures.  However, the weather doesn’t matter to me now…

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Looking For Geese And Ducks Along The Lehigh River

After seeing the return of the geese and ducks at the PPL wetlands along the Susquehanna River on Saturday I decided to head to the Lehigh River on Sunday morning  and look for  more of these migrating birds there. I usually see them on the river or in the nearby ponds and wetlands  in the…

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Florida: Key Largo. My Last Hikes In The Hardwood Hammock And Mangrove Forests

On Friday morning  I returned to the Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park to roam the hardwood hammock and mangrove forest in search of birds, spiders, snakes or whatever other critter or wildflower I could find.  Once again I began my hike walking through the tall trees of the tropical hardwood hammock and…

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Florida Day Nine And Ten: Afternoons Exploring The Florida Keys.

It was a week since I arrived in   Florida.  I spent the first four days exploring the amazing natural beauty of the Everglades. On Monday I headed to the  Florida Keys. I stayed on  Key Largo, the most northern of, the 1700 islands  that make of the Florida Keys.  Most of this keys are small…

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The Ice Is Gone: And Plenty Of Ducks And Geese At The Wetlands

We finally  had some real warm weather here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Temperatures neared 70 degrees  this past week.  I was eager to hike in the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township on Saturday to see how much of the ice melted and whether any of the ducks and geese returned. Arriving at the wetlands under clear…

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Florida Day Nine: An Accidental Morning Hike In Key Largo.

It was Thursday morning on  my recent visit to South Florida,  I was again off for my morning hike in Key Largo. I once again took the 1o miles and  approximately 15 minute drive to the Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park. I enjoy hiking here and hoped to see some more song…

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Clouds, Surf And A Sunset , An Afternoon In Key Largo.

On my  Wednesday  afternoon in Key Largo during my recent visit,  after a  morning hike, and  a long zoom meeting   I took a  ride to the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.  Located a few miles north of my resort  this is one of the first coral reef underwater parks in the Nation. There are…

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Snow Geese, Tundra Swans And Ducks: The Magic Of Middle Creek.

It is a little late this year,  but  every late February or early March, it is  time for our annual drive to Middle Creek to observe the migration of the snow geese. These birds stop at the man made lakes of Middle Creek to rest and  feed on their annual migration to the Arctic tundra of…

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It Was Cold But It’s Still Nice To Hike In The PPL Wetlands Again

It was nice to  hike in the PPL Wetlands again on Sunday. It is hard to believe it has been six weeks since I have been to my  favorite hiking spot located in Salem Township Luzerne County. The heavy snow pack and a trip to Florida kept me from enjoying my weekly hike in this…

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Key Largo: Lizards, Flowers And Tropical Sunsets

After my morning hikes in Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park I would usually   spend some time exploring the beautiful sub-tropical flowers gardens of the Bar Harbor Lodge and Coconut Bay Resort where I was staying. And enjoy the homemade scones and coffee the owners of the lodge provide their guest.  These well…

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