It’s mushroom season here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and I’ve been spending most of my free time searching for the many edible species I like to eat. Today, I wanted to get home early to watch the Eagles football game so I decided to take a quick hike out nearby Community Park and scenic Lake Irene with my macro lens.
It’s mid summer now the many insects that are found in our area are at their peak. Dragonflies were darting along the lake and perched on the rocks, branches and plants on the shores.
There are not many flowers in bloom now, but the ones that are blooming attract a wide variety of insects, including a lot of bees,
Most of the butterflies are now gone but I did find one of their offspring this caterpillar.
And there were many types of grasshoppers and crickets jumping through the brush.
I walked around the lake, sampling some of the many, now ripe, blackberries.
And found the tea berries in bloom. There bright red berries will be found throughout the fall and winter.
And the jewel weed or touch me not was still in bloom
as well as some other flowers I was unfamiliar with.
I didn’t see any turtles today but did find the leopard frog sitting near on of the many puddles and ponds along the trail.
And I did find some mushrooms, which have been growing everywhere because of the plentiful rain we have had in Northeastern Pennsylvania,
including this unusual one, an old man of the woods,
and this milker mushroom.
I wasn’t out long but, as I always do, I enjoyed exploring the trails along lake Irene , especially in the Summer. There is always something to see if you keep your eyes peeled. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/Macro-walk-Community-Park-August-17-2017-
Hurt no living thing:
Ladybird, nor butterfly,
Nor moth with dusty wing.
~Christina Georgina Rossetti