How Can You Not Like June? A Cloudy, But Lush And Green Walk Through The PPL Wetlands
There were severe weather warnings here in Northeastern Pennsylvania on Sunday. The storms were to arrive around noon so I decided to hike in the PPL Wetlands since the trails are adjacent to shelters in the event the storms came early.
Upon entering the woods in the wetlands, I was immediately overtaken by the intense greenness of the plants and trees. Even the ponds and canals were green from the growth the the duckweed. It was a lush, almost jungle like atmosphere.Everything was so alive.
The air had a rich earthy smell to it. And there was still the fragrance of the late blooming honeysuckles lingering in the air. It was overcast, but a delightful day to explore the late Spring magic of the wetlands.
Once again I heard the songs of many birds from the lush canopy of leaves above and beside me on the trails. And once again had I had a hard time seeing, identifying and photographing them, although I had more luck than I did at the Nescopeck State Park the day before. I saw this female red winged blackbird making a ruckus because I was probably near her nest. She wasn’t eating the insect in her beak and I am sure it was breakfast for her family.
I had hoped to see the wood duck and her ducklings again but she wasn’t around. I kept hearing the call of the pileated woodpecker that has been avoiding me and did so again. I was able to photograph one of the many yellow warblers I heard high in the tree tops.
Closer to the ground, and along the ponds and waterways I was glad to see many dragonflies and damselflies hovering about. I love watching these delicate insects. There were also hoards of an insect I love a lot less, the pesky mosquitoes. They were buzzing about head, looking for a meal at my expense.
And I noticed this deer peeking out from the thick foliage along the paths. Here is a link to some more of the wildlife I encountered on my walk in the wetlands. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/ppl-wetlands-wildlife-june-5-2016-1
It was just starting to rain I neared my car and I heard the cry of the pileated woodpecker. And, lo and behold it landed in a tree in the distance but with an unobscured view which let me get a few photographs. I was surprised and delighted when it landed on a tree even closer to me and I discovered there were two of them!
I love to see these magnificent birds in the deep woods. I watched to two of them for a few minutes, they don’t seem to stay in one place for long periods of time and they didn’t this time either. I was still glad to have caught a glimpse of these elusive residents of the wetlands. Here is a link to some more photographs of these beautiful birds.https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/pileated-woodpecker-1
I got to my car just as the rain started and got home just in time to enjoy the thunderstorms. Even though it was a cloudy stormy day it was June and the weather cannot dampen the beauty of the splendor of late spring. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike.https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/ppl-wetlands-june-5-2016