Milkweed, Butterflies And A Mushroom : A Hike On The Black Diamond Trail.
I drove to White Have and proceeded north on Church Road which became Tunnel Road. It was my first time traveling on this old country road and it looks like it has a long history to tell. I came to a small dirt access parking area about a mile before Tunnel Road’s intersection with Route 447. The trail can be accessed by following a short uphill path and I was soon hiking the wide. well maintained Black Diamond Trail.
There were patches of milkweed flowers in bloom all along the trail. This unique plant, which exudes a milky sap when broken or cut, attracts many insects, including flies, bees, wasps moths and butterflies when it’s flowers are in bloom.
but, upon closer observation of the milkweed flowers with my camera I discovered so many more colorful and beautiful butterflies that live in our area. I am not an expert but I tried to identify some of these beautiful insects I saw on my hike. I believe this is a cloudless sulphur butterfly,
There were also many bees, flies and other insects attracted to the milkweed and some of the other flowers now in bloom such as the common mullein and daisey flowers. Here is a link to some more photographs of the butterflies and other insects I saw on my hike. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/Black-Diamond-trail-butterflies-and-insects-
I soon crossed the headwaters of the Nescopeck Creek and continued to see the many butterflies and insects attracted to the blooming milkweed flowers. I heard many birds in the trees but had a hard time trying to photograph them in the thick foliage. I was able to capture this fellow, I think a titmouse that was fluttering with a few others in the forest area along the trail
It was getting hot when I arrived at the scenic blue waters of Moosehead lake. There was once a town located here,associated with the ochre mines in the area. I need to research some more about the unique history of the area.
I decided to make my way through the thick brush and undergrowth that separates the trail from the wetlands, not a real good idea shirtless and in shorts but the effort was worth it. I scared the heron away but did see some turtles, frogs, geese, ducks and a kingfisher. This was the only photograph I could get.
I was rewarded with this chicken mushroom growing on a fallen log. It was older but they usually grow on the same tree every year so hopefully I will find it again next year. REMEMBER please don’t eat any wild mushroom unless you are positive it is edible since a mistake can make you very sick or even kill you.
I have become so much more aware of the complexity of our environment since I started hiking with my digital cameras. From birds to butterflies and bees to bears there is always something of interest to observe and photograph on a hike in the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania or wherever you live on this small planet we share. just keep your eyes peeled. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike on the Black diamond trail. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/Black-Diamond-trail-hike-July-16-2017-
“Butterflies are self propelled flowers.”
― Robert A. Heinlein