The First Fall Colors Appear At Community Park.
I will admit, I am not a big fan of Fall anymore. I once was. I loved the changing seasons and the cooler days of Fall. I even liked what followed, I loved Winter and snow. Those who know me may find that hard to believe. Now I dread the cold and dark days of Winter. I whine and complain as soon as the temperature drops into the 40’s and continue whining until Spring. I have a daily Spring countdown on my Facebook profile. . So I do not look forward to Autumn anymore. It is the beginning of the end of the long and warm days of Summer I love so much. I don’t stop living in the cold and dark seasons of Fall and Winter. I still get my hiking in, everyday, even on the coldest sub-zero days of dark January. However, my hiking is more a chore, a mission to achieve, than a enjoyable walk experiencing the beautiful flora and fauna in the warmer months.
Well, the reason for this rant,. on my hikes in the Community Park near my home in Hazle Township Luzerne County this week the first noticeable colors of the Fall season appeared in the trees along the shores of Lake Irena. Many red maples were turning a brilliant red. They were pretty but also a reminder the Summer is over. Soon all of the woodlands here in Northeastern Pennsylvania will be ablaze in colors.
and a belted kingfisher that kept eluding me. Here is a link to a gallery on my website with more photos of the great blue heron and other birds I saw on my hikes. Community Park birds September 23 to 27 2023.
There were fewer folks walking around the lake this past week. In the Spring and Summer the lake shore is lined with fishermen. There wasn’t one on my two hikes. And usually I see dozens of folks ranging from very senior citizens to young children, solos walkers, runners, and groups of friends talking and laughing. Fall arrived and it was quiet this past week. Only a few dedicated people taking their daily hikes.
and some gray squirrels romping through the park and woodlands. The turtles will soon disappear under the waters of the lake, but like me, the gray squirrels will be here all Winter, and like me probably not enjoying the cold and dark.
Well, those days aren’t here yet. And, I am hoping we have another mild Winter like we did last year. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and there is beauty in the snow, ice, dark and cold. I just don’t behold it anymore. I prefer the warmth and light and the plants and animals that it provides us here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. So like the migratory birds I am already planning a few trips south. But I will still be here for most the the Winter, enduring my five to seven mile frigid hikes, sharing the beauty I find and whining and complaining about it until the first day of Spring. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hikes. Community Park September 23 top 27 2023.
Autumn is a season followed immediately by looking forward to spring.
– Doug Larson