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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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A Cool Early Morning July Hike In The PPL Wetlands

After my long, hot hike in the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township on Saturday I decided to visit again on Sunday. This time I was there early, around 7 a.m. in order to avoid the afternoon heat. And I  hoped  to capture some images of the wildlife in the morning coolness.  Temperatures were in the…

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A Hot End Of July Hike At The PPL Wetlands

It’s hard to believe this is the last weekend of July. It seems like we were just welcoming the flowers and  migratory birds back to the woodlands of Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Summer is now near its peak. I decided to hike in the PPl Wetlands in Salem Township yesterday. I got off to a late start,…

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Wild Mushrooms, Indian Pipes And Spotted Wintergreen. A Walk With My Macro Lens

We had  rainy Spring and early Summer here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I was hoping it would produce an abundance of wild mushrooms.  July is when some of the edible species of mushrooms I pick start to make their appearance.  My dad taught me and my brothers  about wild mushrooms almost from when we were able…

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July At The PPl Wetlands: A Muskrat, A Snake And A Lot Of Birds.

It was a hazy and hot day today in Northeastern Pennsylvania. My kind of  July weather.  I got off to a late start for my Sunday hike. I arrived at one of my favorite hiking  trails , the PPl Wetlands and Riverlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County   around 9;45 a.m.  Temperatures were already in the…

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Rhododendrons Are In Bloom: And I Found Them In The Lehigh River Gorge

  In June our state flower, the mountain laurel,  blooms and puts on a beautiful  show here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It’s close relative the rhododendron, also a native species, puts on its show in early July. Although not as  spectacular as the mountain laurel it is still something you don’t want to miss if you…

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Dragonflies, Birds And More Wildflowers: Another Hike In The PPL Wetlands

It was nice to visit Washington D.C. for the 4th of July. But  I was glad to be back in Northeastern Pennsylvania.   It was hazy, hot and humid, my favorite weather and once again I decided to visit the PPL Wetlands and Riverlands in Salem Township this morning.  You will always find some of  Nature’s …

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Washington D.C. I Finally Made It Here For The 4th Of July

As some of you who read my blog post regularly know I  lost my mom last August. I lost dad in 2013.  Some of you may be wondering what this has to do with the Fourth of July and Washington D.C.  When they were married  on June 29 1957  my parents came to this city…

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Another Hike In The State Game Lands 119 On The Last Day Of June.

A cold front moved through Northeastern Pennsylvania on Saturday evening.  The temperatures were still in the low 60’s but the strong northwesterly  winds made it feel a lot cooler. A perfect day for hiking.  I decided to return to  State Game 119 in Luzerne County in the Pinchot State Forest.  There are a lot of…

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