It’s The Middle Of January, But It Doesn’t Look It At The PPL Wetlands
We had our first measurable snow and some frigid temperatures here in Northeastern Pennsylvania this past week but it warmed back up today. Temperatures rose above freezing most of the snow melted. I decided to hike in the PPL Wetlands and Riverlands. The melting snow, and warmer temperatures, created some foggy conditions and the Susquehanna River was shrouded in fog when I first arrived.
I walked along the banks of the river, which some years is frozen over by now, but this year it was mostly open with just small pieces of ices flowing downstream. There were a lot of mallard ducks on the river and a few common mergansers on the river.
Leftover berries were still providing food to the birds including the staghorn sumac flowers which attracted quite of few cardinals. I also saw a hawk, a lot of black capped chickadees, and blue jays but wasn’t able to get any photographs.
It was a much different hike than most January’s when there is usually a deep snow cover by now, with the waters being frozen solid and temperatures well below freezing. But not this year. It was a dreary and somber walk but I didn’t mind it and I did not miss out usual winter weather. I am looking forward to walking these wetlands and listening to the chorus of the spring peepers, always a welcome sound in Spring. here is a link to some more photographs I took on my hike today. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/ppl-wetlands-january-16-2016
Nature looks dead in winter because her life is gathered into her heart. She withers the plant down to the root that she may grow it up again fairer and stronger. She calls her family together within her inmost home to prepare them for being scattered abroad upon the face of the earth. ~Hugh Macmillan,