Back Home In Northeastern Pennsylvania, Where Nature Is Putting On A Show
It was a wonderful two weeks, as I had the opportunity to explore the beauty of Africa again. It was my fourth visit to the Dark Continent. Tanzania is a remarkable country. Hopefully I will get to some more blog posts from my visit soon. It is also great to back to my home in Northeastern Pennsylvania. There is so much beauty here in our own backyards. Anxious to return to the woodlands of my home I headed to one of my favorite hiking areas, the PPL Wetlands Preserve on Sunday morning. . It is located about 20 miles from my house.
The wetlands are so quiet now. Most of the song birds have migrated southward, and the frogs and insects are gone. Nature is settling in for it’s long winter sleep here in the mid latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. The ponds are still covered in the deep green growth of duck weed.
I did see some wildlife as I began my walk. I scared a few deer along the trail and a large flock of wood ducks on one of the ponds. However, I wasn’t able to get any photographs of these fleeing animals. I did see a large flock of what I think were song sparrows fluttering in the trees.
I was disappointed that I wasn’t able to see any of the usual winter resident birds that stay here all year, including the nuthatches, black capped chickadees, woodpeckers, and juncos. There were still some wild flowers in bloom, including many wild aster, and daisy like flowers.
I only walked five miles on Sunday , I had just arrived from my Africa trip late the previous evening. I had about four hours sleep and was experiencing some serious jet lag. It was time to head home. Africa was exotic and beautiful but so are the woods of Pennsylvania. There is beauty all over this wonderful blue planet we share. We must. all of us, work together to protect it. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands hike October 13 2019
“Love the trees until their leaves fall off, then encourage them to try again next year.”