Blue Skies And Sunshine Along The Lehigh River.
I returned to the Lehigh River on Sunday. It was the last weekend of Winter but it wasn’t feeling like Spring was only a few days away. It was another cold start. The temperature was 30 degrees with a steady northwesterly wind when I arrived at the parking lot in Weissport.
This time I decided to walk north on the old Lehigh Canal Trail that runs along the Lehigh River.
I first walked the bike trail along the railroad tracks to get a view of the river.
I’s sparkling waters were a deep blue as it reflected the clear blues skies. I found a couple of fisherman braving the cold and wading into the fast moving river.
I returned to the trail and was glad that the snow had melted. There was a snow cover the last few times I hiked down here. And there is still quite a bit of snow in my yard on top of the mountain where I live.
The bright March sunshine warmed the chilly morning air and encouraged a number of birds to celebrate the welcome sun with a song, including a few cardinals,
the tiny golden crowned kinglets.
The waters on the canals were now ice free. I had hoped to see a lot of ducks and geese on my walk. However I did not. There was one pair of Canada geese on the canal and a few more on the river.
I only saw a few ducks too. A pair of mallards on the canal.
I guess many of the migratory species also left this area as they moved to there breeding grounds further north. I still enjoyed the March sunshine, the deep blue skies and the beautiful scenery as I continued my walk between the waters of the Lehigh River and the canal.
I passed the “Bridge to Nowhere” and
hiked out to the observation deck about 2 1/2 miles from the parking lot. I sat and took in the peace and quite of the mountain scenery for a bit before I began my walk back.
Along the way I encountered a few runners and walkers also enjoying the sunshine. And I saw quite a few crows noisily flying from tree top to tree top.
And I observed a tufted titmouse feeding on the buds of a red maple tree.
I watched this fellow plucking the buds and then siting and enjoying I them.
He or she seemed to know I was watching and didn’t seem to mind at all. Here is a link to more photographs of the friendly titmouse. Weissport Hike tufted titmouse. March 18 2018.
I also saw this bird on the ground. At first I thought it was a robin but as I got nearer I believe it was a hermit thrush. Here is a link to some more of the birds I saw on my hike. Weissport hike birds March 18 2018.
I continued my return hike under the strengthening March sun. It should soon bring the woodlands of Northeastern Pennsylvania back to life from their long Winter sleep. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Weissport Lehigh Canal hike March 18 2018.
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. John Muir