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 beauty here if you keep your eyes peeled.
These insects that roamed the swamps and wetlands of this planet before the dinosaurs have always fascinated me. I remember reading about them in the How and Why books on insects when I was in the first grade.
What I didn’t see were, bees, wasps and butterflies. Usually the milkweed flowers are covered with many species of butterflies. Not this I didn’t dee one on my 7 mile hike today. This is not a good sign. Nor is the absence of the many species of wasps and bees. Insecticides, I suspect are the cause.
The waters are now warm and the turtles, frogs and water snakes do not have to leave to bask in the sun to raise their cold-blooded body temperatures. However a few turtles still like to soak up the sun on a log.
I was just wondering what happened to the kingfishers. I saw a pair in the Spring and haven’t seen them since. Sure enough I heard that unmistakable chatter and saw this one sitting in a tree across the lake. And I saw its mate perched in a tree right next to me. It would have been a perfect photo-op but it flew off as soon as I saw it.
This green heron also flew across the lake as I approached. As I said there is always something to see here in the PPl Wetlands. species of
I usually see some warblers, woodpeckers, indigo buntings out here but not today. It was near noon and the birds weren’t to active in heat and humidity. On my long walk back I observed the wildflowers now in bloom along the trail including this beautiful yellow loosestrife,
The indian pipes were now growing along the trails. This plant, which does not produce chlorophyll, has always caught my attention. Once again the PPl Wetlands provided me with a wide variety of plants, birds and insects to attract my attention on my 7 mile hike. I didn’t find anything exciting like a bear, snake or eagle but the beauty of the dragonflies and wildflowers are just as amazing. I am glad to share it here on my blog. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands July 6 2019
“I love to see the sunshine on the wings of the Dragonflies… there is magic in it.”