Early Summer In The PPL Wetlands. Birds, Wildflowers And Lots Of Mosquitoes
Saturday brought us more Summer weather here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I awoke to hazy sunshine, humid air and mild temperatures in the mid 60’s. I love Summer weather. After my morning walk through my neighborhood I decided to hike in the PPl Wetlands and Riverlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County.
I have come to love this natural preserve and the wide diversity of flora and fauna I find here. For those with more interest in this wonderful place, there are many posts in my blog archive. A hike in the wetlands never disappoints.
The ponds and canals in the wetland are now covered in a deep green coat of duckweed. Unfortunately, these ponds and canals also breed hordes of mosquitoes. This year, because of the abundant rain, there were more than usual. But this is nature and I have learned to accept their constant swarming as I walk.
The natural beauty I find in these wetlands make it worth while. Shortly I started my walk I saw this beautiful yellow warbler . I love seeing their flashes of yellow in the deep green vegetation of the wetlands.
As I watched this green heron I heard some branches breaking a short distance away. As I approached I heard a crashing of tree branches. I wasn’t able to see it but I am sure it was a bear rapidly descending a tree. I wasn’t able to get the bear photograph I wanted and had to settle for a boring catbird.
Many of the ponds along the trails dried up now so I did not see, or hear the many frogs jumping into the safety of the water. And there are not many turtles on the logs, rocks or banks of the canals or ponds. I saw a few like this one covered in duckweed.
I left the wetlands and hiked to Lake Took-A While in the riverlands area of the park. There were no ducks, cormorants, herons or other water birds on the lake. However, there were hundreds of dragonflies darting along its shore. I was able to photograph a few resting on a twig,
The forecast called for some thunderstorms and I had a graduation party to attend so I decided to turn back. On the way I saw some more of the same birds I saw on my hike and a few ones, like this oriole, that I didn’t.
The warm temperatures, intense summer sunshine and flies and mosquitoes made the 7 1/2 mile hike a little more difficult than I hoped but I still loved every minute of it. I enjoyed exploring nature and sharing my photographs here in my blog and on social media. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. PPl Wetlands hike June 29 2019.
“As a child, one has that magical capacity to move among the many eras of the earth; to see the land as an animal does; to experience the sky from the perspective of a flower or a bee; to feel the earth quiver and breathe beneath us; to know a hundred different smells of mud and listen unselfconsciously to the soughing of the trees.” -Valerie Andrews