Mosquitoes And Goldfinches: A Mid August Walk In The PPL Wetlands
Although I haven’t been posting blogs to my website, I still have spent a lot of time hiking in the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania these past few weeks. I find comfort walking, especially in the woods. I spent a many hours reflecting on my mom’s death. And the still senseless loss of my sister and her husband last fall. And, of course, my best friend, hero and mentor, my dad, five years ago. Life is so different now. But it goes on for those of us who survive. Live we must. And August is the start of mushroom season.
It had been dry and I wasn’t finding a lot of my edible mushrooms earlier in the month. We then did get some torrential rains a few weeks ago. I wanted to see how the heavy rains affected the Susquehanna River So I once again visited one of my favorite hiking trails at the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne County.
I walked along the trails in the wetlands and soon discovered that the mosquitoes quickly multiplied in the flooded ponds. I walked through swarms of this nasty critters and suffered many bites. I never experienced so many mosquitoes before.
I took my macro and zooms lens along to capture nature from two different perspectives. I found many of the plants I photographed in Spring now put forth fruits and berries, including the unusual fruit of the jack-in the- pulpit.
and a couple squirrels. Here is a link to some more photographs of the wildlife I saw on my hike. PPL Wetlands wildlife August 12 2018.
I walked to the far end of the lake and began my return hike under the beautiful August skies. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands August 12 2018.