Fog And Clouds Can’t Spoil The Splendor Of Spring At The PPL Wetlands

Fog And Clouds Can’t Spoil The Splendor Of Spring At The PPL Wetlands

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Once again the sun did not shine this  weekend in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We haven’t had a sunny weekend in over a month. We had a heavy rain Saturday  and it was cloudy here yesterday  morning. The forecast called for  some rain later in the day. So I  left early to visit the PPL Wetlands hoping to get some hiking in before the rain. fallen tree on road

Upon arriving at the wetlands I found that the recent storms caused a tree to fall across the entrance road. This wasn’t going to stop me so I parked my car and  walked  over it.lush green trees along trail

It has been two weeks since I was last here.  I  found the rains changed the woodlands around the wetlands  into a magical world of green. lush green trees along canal in wetlands

The heavy rains also  swelled the Susquehanna River bringing it’s brown waters to the top of it’s banks.  green trees along Susquehanna River

There was a heavy fog in the wetlands when I first arrived  making it hard to photograph the many birds I heard and saw along the trails, including some blue birds, blue bird on tree branch

and robins. robin on post

The paths were muddy and flooded in some areas. There is usually a trail at this location but it was now under water. As I tried to walk through the flooded path I noticed an unusual rock . I almost stepped on it but  I didn’t recall seeing one here before. flooded trail in wetlands

Upon closer investigation I found it was the top of the shell of a very large snapping turtle. Good thing I didn’t step on him and lose a toe. snapping turtle submerged in water

I continued my walk surrounded by the lush new green growth of Spring. lush green trees on trail

All of the trees had leaves now and many wildflowers were growing in the wetlands including the mandrake or may apple,mandrake or may apple flower

the exotic jack-in the pulpit,jack in pulpit

the pretty blue flags andblue flag

my favorite the wild pink azalea. My dad called them “honeysuckles’ and we would search for them every spring. pink azalea or honeysuckle

I walked over the the river lands area of the nature preserve and again found my path blocked by a fallen tree. fallen tree on trail

I again walked around it and came to Lake Took-A-While.trees along Lake Took-A -While

There were a lot of folks fishing along the shores of the lake but I still was able to see this great blue heron stalking some prey along one of the canals near the lake.great blue heron along canal

I also found two families of geese swimming on it’s waters.  One had a much younger family,geese with gosling on lake

than the other.geese with goslings on lake

I continued my walk along the lake and followed the Riverside trail.green trees on entrance to trail

There was new growth every. The young touch-me-nots,touch-me-nots

and ferns provided a green carpet to match the green ceiling of the trees and their new leaves. 

I followed the trail to the Susquehanna river and walked along it’s banks hoping to see a bald eagle or an osprey. tree lined trail along river

I didn’t and only saw a few birds, which were difficult to photograph in the overcast conditions. I was able to photograph this catbirdcatbird on branch,

and this red winged blackbird. You can see how they get their name.red winged black bird in flight

I returned to the main trail and walked back to the wetlands. I forgot to mention that during my entire walk I enjoyed the heavenly  fragrance filling the wetlands from the many honeysuckles blooming along the trails.honeysuckle in bloom

As I neared my car I saw a few more birds including a downy woodpecker, I think,downy woodpecker?

a red bellied woodpecker red bellied woodpecker

and a number of phoebes. phoebe ? on treebranc

And as I looked for turtles  I  noticed this muskrat sitting on a log.muskrat sitting on log

He wasn’t happy to see me and jumped in the water swimming through the newly sprouted duck weed.muskrat swimming in pond

Although I saw, and heard quite a few of them on my hike, I was finally able to photograph a yellow warbler as I neared my car.. I love these colorful birds, especially early in Spring, when the provide contrast to the light greens of the new foliage. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. PPL  hike birds. May 20 2018.yellow warbler on tree branch

The rain held off, and we would actually see some breaks in the sun later in the day. But the weather really doesn’t matter in May, Nature puts on an amazing display rain or shine. There is so much to see if you get out and keep your eyes peeled. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. PPL RIVERLANDS  May 20 2018.  may apple flower

Spring dances with joy in every flower and in every bud letting us know that changes are beautiful and an inevitable law of life.” 
― Debasish Mridha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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