Flowers And Berries: A Hot August Afternoon Hike in The PPL Wetlands.
I got a late start on Saturday and decided to visit the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County in mid afternoon. It was a hot August afternoon, with a temperature of 90 degrees when I began my hike. I once again was surprised by the complete silence in the wetlands. No birds, no frogs, not even the cicadas were active.
Adding to the unusual silence was the angle of the afternoon sun. The trails looked different in the mid-day sun. Shadows had changed position making for a different hiking experience as I walked under the sun drenched canopy of trees near the Susquehanna River.
There was almost no wildlife activity on my three mile hike. The red-winged blackbirds must have left the wetlands. I didn’t see or hear a single one. No catbirds. sparrows or songbirds either. I saw a few robins and this cardinal and that was it.
And there were very few insects active in the afternoon heat. Only a few butterflies in the wetlands, I am not a butterfly expert but I think this is a little wood-satyr butterfly,
As I walked along the canals I saw now wildlife. Not frogs, turtles , muskrat or herons. It was hot and humid and the sultry weather conditions and the smell of the warm waters reminded my of the Florida Everglades.
Along the trail between the lake and the old Susquehanna canal there where a number of plants that have now produced a wide variety of colorful berries. again I am no expert but I believe these are silky dogwood berries,
The hot August sun, the humidity and 91 degree temperature helped me decide to end my hike after only walking 1 1/2 miles. (I did walk 4 miles earlier in the day). On my way back to the wetlands I saw a few dragonflies.
I am sorry there were not more interesting wildlife photographs to share but I was pleased to observe, and share, some of the subtle beauty of the flowers and berries in the afternoon heat in the wetlands. Here is a link to some more photographs from my afternoon hike in the wetlands. PPL Wetlands August 22 2020.