Enjoying Spring In Northeastern Pennsylvania.
For me, there is no place like Spring in Northeastern Pennsylvania. I don’t like the Winters here anymore but Spring brings a magic to this area where I was born and lived all of my life. I have passed retirement age now, but still work at my law practice. However, after 37 years, I am able to sneak out of the office a little early on sunny Spring days and enjoy the beauty of nature here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. These past two weeks I have been taking these walks in the Community Park near my home in Hazle Township Luzerne County.
Last Friday it was windy and cold as it often is here in the Spring in Northeastern Pennsylvania when I arrived at the park. A strong northwesterly wind was churning the waters of Lake Irena. Cumulus clouds were swiftly passing overhead carried by the winds.
There were a couple of new arrivals at the lake, a pair of bufflehead ducks,
Here walked out the old abandoned entrance road to the ball field. It was here I found past vernal pond where I was seeing, and hearing, the wood frogs. The ponds were quiet and only one wood frog was floating on the cold water. There were, however, large deposits of wood frog eggs.
I finished up my three mile hike on Friday and returned to the Park on Monday afternoon. It was even colder and windier on Monday as I again followed the same paths as I did Friday on another three mile hike . It was sunny but the temperature was in the low 40’s.
It rained on Thursday so I didn’t hike in the park. On Friday another cold front came through bringing even colder temperatures. It was blustery with temperatures only in the low 30’s when I started another three mile hike.
It was a blustery day, and not the most pleasant walking weather. The wildlife agreed and I didn’t see many critters on this hike either. It was still much better than hiking in the snow, ice and cold of Winter. And, knowing that every day something new will be showing up as the Spring advances makes it even better. I love the Spring here despite the weather. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hikes in Community park. Community park hikes March 26 to April 2 2021.
And it didn’t take long to see something new. On Friday I took a short walk in the mine reclamation area near my home. It was another sunny and cold day but nice to be out. I took my camera along just in case there were some mallard duck on some of the wetlands in the area. They usually nest here in the Spring. No ducks, but in the distance I thought I saw a coyote. I wasn’t sure even as I approached. It ran off leaving this uneaten mouse along the path. Fortunately I did get some photographs with my camera.
When I returned home from my walk, and cropped the photographs I discovered that it wasn’t a coyote but an old red fox. It was one of the biggest foxes I ever saw. And only a 1/2 mile from my front door. As I always do, I take the advise of my dad, and walk with my eyes peeled, you never know what you will see.
Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens