It’s Sunday, So Where Else? Another Fall Hike At The PPL Wetlands.

It’s Sunday, So Where Else? Another Fall Hike At The PPL Wetlands.

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It wasn’t too hard of a decision where to hike on this cool, but pleasant, November morning. I always like to head down to the PPL Wetlands and Riverlands to enjoy the solitude of the ancient trees with the hopes of finding  some type of wildlife activity.  So that’s where I went. ppl-wetlands-3

In the Spring and Summer you are almost guaranteed to see a wide variety of wildlife, from the many turtles and frogs in the ponds and canals, to the many species of songbirds and waterfowl in the trees and on the waters. In the Fall and Winter there is a lot less activity but still there is a chance to see something interesting. Not today. I heard a few chickadees and crows but only able to see, and get a quick photograph of this little chipmunk ppl-wetlands-20

I was surprised to once again see no ducks, geese or herons.  Still, it was a nice morning to enjoy the last splashes of fall color. ppl-wetlands-9

The ponds are becoming clear again as the green duckweed that covers them slowly dies and fades away.ppl-wetlands-15

And, it always surprises me, as the trees lose their leaves and become bare, to see how many birds nests are uncovered. ppl-wetlands-28

It amazes me that so many are right along the path. I walked by this nest many a day and didn’t notice some bird family was raising their chicks  a few feet from me and my camera, completely unnoticed. ppl-wetlands-32

I walked out to the riverlands and lake Took-A-While, where a few folks still were trying to catch the last fish of the season. This is always a nice spot to sit down, take a rest, and enjoy the scenery. ppl-wetlands-25

As I returned to the wetlands part of the preserve I saw this leaf suspended by a spider web hanging in mid air. ppl-wetlands-2

And I enjoyed the beauty of the mighty Susquehanna river as I walked under the large, ancient trees along its banks. ppl-wetlands-39

There wasn’t much wildlife, mushrooms, berries or wildflowers but it was still a good day to be out and about,  surrounded by the beauty of nature, in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike today.


“Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight; a home, a teacher, a companion.”
Lorraine Andersonppl-wetlands-37