The Lush, Green Splendor Of Spring At The Susquehanna Wetlands
I returned last Sunday morning, to the Susquehanna Wetlands in Salem Township, Luzerne. I usually hike there at least once every weekend. The previous weekend I was in Pittsburgh. So, two weeks passed since my last visit. And what a difference those two weeks made.
The wetlands had transformed to a lush, green almost magical place. All of the trees, even the always tardy oaks, were covered in newly sprouted leaves. They glistened and gleamed in the morning May sunshine as I began my hike.
But not everything was green. Providing a beautiful contrast to the green were the many wildflowers now blooming in the Susquehanna Wetlands and River Lands. The pretty white, purple and pink shades of the Dame’s Rocket flower were growing everywhere,
As usual my walk starts in the wetlands where I walk past the ponds and canals remaining from the old North Branch Susquehanna Canal. It’s hard to believe this canal was built almost 200 years in 1828. And this beautiful nature preserve was created because of it.
And it never fails to provide me with some wildlife observations. On this part of my hike, in May I always hope to see some wood ducks and their ducklings. No sightings of these pretty ducks on Sunday but there were plenty of birds singing in the wetlands. I heard this song sparrow singing and enjoyed watching it hop from branch to branch.
After visiting the larger ponds at the western end of the preserve, I continue my hike along the old canal, hoping to see snakes, frogs and turtles, The waters have warmed and these cold blooded critters don’t have to bask in the sun to raise their body temperatures as they do in early Spring. And many of the vernal ponds along the trail are drying up. So, I saw no snakes or frogs and only one turtle soaking up the warm May sunshine.
Leaving the wetlands, I followed my usual route into the river lands part of the preserve. Here Lake Took-A-While was also surrounded by trees displaying their the new green leaves, and also some ornamental and flowering trees such as dogwoods and crabapples that were planted along the lake shore.
Usually I finish my hike at the far end of the lake, but since it was such a beautiful day I decided to continue my hike and walked another mile on the Susquehanna Warrior Trail, that followed an old railroad right-of-way.
this song sparrow with it’s morning meal. . Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs of the birds I saw on my hike, Susquehanna Wetlands Birds may 22 2021.
I always enjoy my hikes in the Susquehanna Wetlands, but especially in May, when the woodlands complete their transformation from the cold, lifeless and barren scenery of Winter to the magical, lush greens of Spring so filled with color and life. Here is a link to a gallery with more photographs from my hike in the Susquehanna Wetlands. Susquehanna Wetlands hike May 22 2021
May is the most beautiful month of the year, a month alive with warmth color. The flowers and trees are in full bloom and even the sun joins this rhapsody be emitting warmer rays. Lillian Berliner