Hazy, Hot And Humid: A Short Walk As Summer Arrives In Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Hazy, Hot And Humid: A Short Walk As Summer Arrives In Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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We finally got my  favorite kind of  Summer weather here  today, hazy, hot and humid. It was mostly sunny with temperatures nearing 90 degrees. I didn’t get to enjoy all of it,  I had a long day at the office and didn’t get home until late in the afternoon. When I did, I  immediately grabbed my camera and macro lens and took a walk near home in the late afternoon heat.macro   -4

As I walked to the ponds near my house I knew Summer was advancing by the blooming of the pugnet wild herb tansy.  This invasive species was brought here from Europe as a medicinal herb and now grows wild along our roadsides.macro   -2

I also came across some  queen anne’s lace, another sign that it is Summer in our areamacro   -3

As I got into the woods I found some wild raspberries which were beginning to ripen. My dad and I enjoyed these tasty treats provided by mother nature.macro   -11

The black berries are a few weeks from ripening but it looks like there will be a good crop.macro   -7

The day lilies, another invasive species that escaped cultivation, are now blooming along the roadsides and trails.macro   -8

As is the delicate touch me not flowers. The crushed flower is a folk remedy for insect stings and bites and, having used it many times, I can say it works. macro   -14

I think the late afternoon heat had many of the insects avoiding the late afternoon heat and I didn’t see many bees, wasps or other insects on the many wild flowers now blooming in the area. The comfrey usually attracts many bees but only a few today. macro   -10

I did see a few dragonflies and damselflies on my walk. macro   -24

And this pretty moth.macro   -22

The leaves have lost their bright green colors of Spring but are still so complex, delicate and beautiful when viewed up close with the macro lens. macro   -18

And looking at the leaves I found this young snail under the shade of a leaf, avoiding the intense sun. macro   -26

So much to see so close to home. I am sure I would have found many other wonders of the natural world had I more time to walk, but it was late and I was hungry so I headed home. Our heat wave will continue for a few days and I hope to get out and enjoy my favorite Summer weather. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/macro-walk-july-6-2016macro   -13


“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
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1 Comment

  1. Tayla on July 19, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    St. Paul’s K-8 School students will receive Recreation Department info by way of email by means of your school email.