A lot has changed since my last visit to the Community Park near my home in Hazle Township Luzerne County. I was away for a couple of weeks. The last time I was here many of the trees still were leafless. When I returned Monday afternoon I found all of the trees covered with lush new leaves.
It was good to see pretty Lake Irena again. It was a mostly sunny afternoon. Cumulus clouds floated above the lake in the deep blue skies. The temperature was seasonable, in the mid 70’s. A perfect day for walking.
It was hard to believe the mountain laurel, our State Flower, and
the sheep laurel were already blooming. The Spring goes by so quickly.
I walked on the trail along the lake, under the canopy of new leaves
A few chipping sparrows sang in the treetops.
There were other wildflowers blooming along the trails including blue-eyed grass,
St. John’s Wort and
and meadow buttercups.
The were also many cinnamon ferns along the trail.
I left the lake and walked into the woodlands where I saw some more wildflowers including meadow hawkweed,
Philadelphia fleabane flowers ,
daisies. I love this time of year.
As I was returning to the lake, I was surprised and delighted to see a scarlet tanager,,
I have never seen one in the park before.
Back at the lake I took some photos of the many dragonflies that are now darting and hovering near the lake.
I love seeing these ancient insects,
that were flying in our skies before the dinosaurs roamed the earth.
I also saw a few bullfrogs in the waters of the lake.
The are usually sitting,
in the pickerelweed that is now sprouting in the waters along the shore of the lake.
I saw another cute critter, I thought the frog was cute, this gray squirrel, as I was walked closer to the picnic area.
I finished my three mile hike Monday and returned on Tuesday. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and Lake Irena reflected the deep blue sky.
As I was taking my first walk around the lake, I saw this critter staring at me near the beaver dam on the northern shore of the lake.
I am not sure if were a beaver or a muskrat. I know it was near the beaver dam but it’s narrow tail makes me think it was a muskrat.
I also saw another furry critter checking me out as I walked along the lake, this whitetail deer who was chewing on some leaves.
Of course their were more dragonflies,
and this butterfly.
I again took the trails into the surrounding woodlands and I saw a lot of robins in the trees
and a few ovenbirds.
This time I was also delighted to see a pretty red-eyed vireo ,
singing in the trees.
These birds have a wonderful song.
Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos of the birds I saw on my hikes in the park. Community Park birds June 13 to 15 2022.
I returned to the lake and walked around the lake again, enjoying the pretty mountain laurel flowers blooming along it’s shore. I just traveled to Europe to visit Slovakia, the native land of my maternal grandfather’s parent, my great grandparents.
I loved the mountains of Slovakia, (you can follow my trip in my blog archives) but there are no more beautiful woods than then here in Northeastern Pennsylvania in June. I am enjoying my almost daily hikes in Community Park, and hope to take them, and share the beauty of Nature I find, for many more years. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hike. Community Park June 13 to 15 2022
June the month of months / Flowers and fruitage brings too, / When green trees spread shadiest boughs, / When each wild bird sings too. Christina Rossetti