May Sunshine At The PPL Wetlands
I think May sunshine is the best sunshine of the year. I love sunshine throughout the year. But there is something about the angle of the sun here in Northeastern Pennsylvania in May that makes it special. Especially when filtering through a canopy of the newly sprouted green leaves of Spring. I took advantage of the May sunshine yesterday and visited the PPl Wetlands in Salem Township here in Luzerne County.
It was a perfect day for a hike. I arrived in mid-afternoon and the temperature was around 70 degrees. It has been two weeks since my last visit and leaves had now appeared on most of the trees in the wetlands.
There is nothing like the color of the first leaves of Spring. A light green that just radiates new life.This includes all of the plants and ferns that are now sprouting everywhere including the pretty cinnamon ferns.
Walking beneath the trees, with the sun filtering through and the deep blues skies above was like walking in heaven. The smell of the blooming honeysuckle made it even more heavenly. I love the Spring!
and the pretty and delicate flowers of the native pink azalea or honeysuckle. This flower is not related to the Japanese honeysuckle that fills the wetlands with its. wonderful fragrance. It is one of the flowers my dad loved, and would search for every Spring. It was these flowers, the lady slipper orchids and the “red top” mushrooms in the fall that he would tell me and my siblings to “keep our eyes peeled” as we searched for them in the woodlands near our home.
There were quite a few people walking in the wetlands. Unfortunately I knew this before i saw many of them from the fleeing wood ducks, great blue and green herons as they approached. This pair of Canada geese stayed around as I walked by.
I left the large old trees of the wetlands and hiked into the riverlands and Lake Took-A-While. The waters of the lake reflected the deep blue skies. Many fishermen took advantage of the lovely weather and lined the shores of the lake. As did many other folks walking along its shores. The crab apple trees were in bloom and in one I saw a Baltimore oriole,
I walked to the end of the lake and decided to head back to the wetlands. It was beautiful afternoon but I had already walked a few miles in the morning. On my way back I found the Canada geese family decided to take a swim in the lake.
The riverlands and wetlands took on a different look in the late afternoon sunshine. I usually hike in the morning and rarely in the afternoon. I never stayed until sunset but made a promise to myself to do it this summer. I am sure the woodlands here will take on a different beauty in the glow of the setting sun.
I saw a few sparrows, robins catbirds and red-winged blackbirds on my walk back. This one was taking a bath in one of the canals. I enjoyed the sunshine on the new green leaves of Spring. It is a wonderful time of year. It is always good to be outdoors but especially in May on a sunny afternoon. This is a link to a gallery on my blog site with more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands hike May 21 2020.
“Ô, Sunlight! The most precious gold to be found on Earth.”