Summer Heat And Another Hike With My Macro Lens
The Fourth of July celebrations are one of the highlights of summer in the United States. This year summer co-operated, for most of the day anyway, here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It was hazy, hot and humid when I awoke. My kind of weather. And perfect for celebrations and picnics. I wanted to beat the heat of the mid day. So I decided to again stay close to home and I drove to my local Rails to Trails.
The low bush blueberry are at their peak now and I sampled a few on my walk. Growing up in the Green Ridge section of Hazle Township we picked the low bush variety. We gave them to my mom, or sold them to my aunts, and enjoyed the delicious pies they made. I later started picking the swampers, and for many years, would pick up to 90 quarts of these berries during a good summer. I haven’t been getting out as much the last few years but hope to again this year.
I love observing all of nature something always reminds me of my wonderful childhood in the woods surrounding my home in Green Ridge. I remember learning about the three types of leaves that are present on the sassafras tree. One looks like a mitten.
To be honest, my enthusiasm for taking photographs declined as I began to feel the effects of the heat and humidity. It was a long walk back but I still photographed some of the wildflowers along the way.
As I neared the 1 mile marker I heard thunder in the distance so I picked up the pace. I got home before the rain arrived. The thunderstorms missed us but cooled it off a bit. It was a hot one but another nice walk in the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. Rails to Trails July 4 2018.
“That beautiful season the Summer!
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light;
And the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow