Some November Sunshine At The PPL Wetlands
November is not my favorite month in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It is usually a bleak month. The song birds, snakes, turtles, frogs and insects are gone. So are the flowers, and in most years the leaves would have fallen from the trees by now. However, this year was unusually warm and Autumn came late.
On my last visit to the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township in mid-October the leaves were still mostly green. I haven’t been there in a couple of weeks and I wasn’t sure what I would find when I decided to return today.
I drove to the entrance to the wetlands section of the preserve and found the road closed. I then drove to the riverlands and access road that, too, was closed. I was able to park near Lake Took-A-While and I still don’t know why the access roads were closed. It was windy and cold when I left my car. The rain we had overnight had ended and there were breaks in the clouds.
I was also surprised to find the skunk cabbage growing. They usually are the first plants to appear in late winter. I never saw them sprouting in November before, but there they were, hundreds of them. A sure sign of climate change I believe.
It was cold and windy but a much less bleak November day than most other years. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands hike November 10 2018.
No sun – no moon! No morn – no noon – No dawn – no dusk – no proper time of day. No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease, No comfortable feel in any member – No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees, No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! – November! Thomas Hood