Late Summer At The PPL Wetlands.
Last Sunday I got up early , on a clear and cool late summer morning, to try and find some wild mushrooms. I was unsuccessful so I decided to head to the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township. It has been almost three weeks since I last visited and I miss walking along the Susquehanna River, the canals and ponds.
Another sign of the end of Summer and the approaching Fall was the absence of the chirping of the song birds. It seems many of warblers and other song birds may have already begun their migration south. I didn’t even see many robins or red winged blackbirds. But there were still a few catbirds fluttering about and making plenty of noise.
At first I thought, being late August, that there wouldn’t be as many flowers in bloom as Spring. And there weren’t, but, upon closer observation I found quite a variety of flowers still in bloom, including these pretty cardinal flowers.
And the jack-in-the-pulpit flowers have now produced their unique fruit. Here is a link to some of the other flowers I found on my walk. FLOWERS.
I walked back through the trails of the river and wetlands, hearing mainly the serenade of cicadas in the trees but also hearing, and seeing a few birds, including this large flycatcher, I think it is a kingbird,
As I left the wetlands I saw this fellow watching me leave. I could roam these trails all day, so much flora and fauna in these wetlands, but I had to head home, knowing that soon Fall will arrive and the wetlands will begin to enter their long winter nap. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. PPL wetlands photographs.