Enjoying Nature Under The Changing Skies At Community Park
I returned to the local Community Park near my home in Hazle Township Luzerne County for a few more afternoon hikes these past two weeks. I love my hikes out here. I have been visiting the park since I was six years old.
I begin my leisurely 3 mile hikes by walking, at least once, around Lake Irena, taking time to look for the plentiful beauty of nature I always find here, especially in the warmer months. It could be a bald eagle, an insect, a frog or some other critter, or a plant, flower or mushroom. I enjoy sharing the beauty I find with folks here on my blog and on social media . And I also enjoy the beauty of the lake itself. . I love it on a clear day , when it reflects the blue skies, and even more when there are some clouds are in the skies of the lake.
As I often do, I encountered a lot of folks enjoying the small and well maintained park, and scenic lake. Some folks fished along it’s shore , other walked along the lake, alone or with friends and family. Other jogged or biked around the lake.
I saw both birds on all of my walks these past two weeks. . I only got close the great blue heron once, when it was stalking some prey where the stream enters the lake. I watched patiently as it stalked it’s prey, a dragonfly, a frog, small fish, or even a small snake. It was unsuccessful and flew a short distance,
I didn’t see any other birds on or around the lake on these mid-Summer hikes. The mallard ducks and Canada geese that were there earlier in the Spring and Summer were gone, the only other wildlife I saw were a few American bull frogs,
and this knapweed flower visited by a great spangled fritillary butterfly. I want to remind everyone I am no expert in flora or fauna identification and rely on my iPhone apps so I could be wrong, if I am please correct me.
I also saw a few white tail deer on my hikes including this buck Here is a link to a gallery on my website with more photos of the critters I saw on my hikes. Community Park critters August 14 to 17 2023.
It usually takes be about an 1 1/2 to take my 3 mike hike. It seems I always find something interesting and beautiful to share on my walks in Community Park. I think, if I had the time, I could spend my entire day exploring the park in the Summer. Unfortunately, my time is limited which explains the many mistakes you may find in my blog post. But, I really love to share the beauty I find on this planet on the years I have left. God willing I will have a few more years, or decades, hiking in our Community Park, on our local Rails to trails, and in the woods of Pennsylvania, the United States and else on this wonderful planet we share. And I will always keep my eyes peeled. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hikes. Community Park August 14 to 17 2023.
The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. Ralph Waldo Emerson