The Pickerelweed Is Blooming At Community Park. The Frogs And Dragonflies Love It
Summer arrived. here in Northeastern Pennsylvania last week. And every summer, if you visit the lakes and ponds in our area, you would be familiar with the blue flowers that bloom along the shores of the lakes this time of year. . They are pickerelweed flowers. Pontederia cordata Last Friday I took my usual afternoon hike in the Community Park near my home in Hazle Township Luzerne County .
I walked down to the shores of Lake Irena. The glossy, arrow shaped leaves of the pickerelweed plants could be seen protruding from the waters of the lake all along it’s shore. But they still weren’t blooming. It was still a little early, But they would be soon.
There were also a few of these dragonflies out here in the woodlands. I have not seen this species near the lake. So much life in out woodlands that I am not familiar with. I love to keep learning these secrets of nature.
As I was finishing my three mile hike I was pleased to see the bolete mushroom growing along the trail. I believe it was an inedible bitter bolete but soon the edible species I gather should start to appear.
and resting on the leaves of plants growing along the lake. I tired to learn, but I am still unable to identify all of the species of these beautiful, delicate creatures that flew through the skies of Northeastern Pennsylvania long skies before the dinosaurs.
After walking around the lake I hiked into the surrounding woodlands where I saw more fritillary butterflies feeding on the flowers and this bee, I am not sure of the species , feeding on the Indian hemp.
I returned to Lake Irena and saw a lot of bull frog living in the pickerelweed. Most of them jumped into the water as I approached. This one didn’t. I stopped to watch it watch me. We stared at each other for about ten minutes when, he got tired and it looked
I finished my hike and returned on Thursday. It was another sunny day and I saw a lot of the same wildflowers and wildlife I had seen one my hikes earlier in the week. I did see this red-eyed vireo and
Once again I saw many of the same wildflowers and wildlife as on previous hikes, I did see this mother chipping sparrow feeding her young one. Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photos of the bull frog and other critters I saw on my hikes. Community Park June 2 to July 1 2022.
Once again Community Park not only provided me with a place t0 walk and get my exercise but it gave me the opportunity to observe , once again, the beauty of nature that surrounds us. It is a great asset to our Community. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photos from my hikes. Community Park June 24 to July 1 2022.
“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