The Splendor Of Spring At The PPL Wetlands
It was another cool and foggy start today here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. But, it’s Spring, and I wasn’t staying indoors, so I decided to see what was new at the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township. What I found was a fresh, light green that is so special and only found in May in these parts. .
The grasses, plants, trees, bushes , weeds and flowers were all bursting forth with a lush new growth. Everywhere you turned you could see something new and unique in the woodlands, such as the exotic and delicate flower of the jack-in-the pulpit.
And their was an abundance of wildlife too. The trees were filled with the songs of the many species of birds that have returned to our woods including the many species of warblers, including the always beautiful yellow warbler.
Shortly after I arrived at the wetlands the sun came out, and, as I walked along the canals and waterways I watched the frogs and turtles crawl on the banks, logs and rocks to enjoy it’s warmth. Some of the logs got quite crowded.
As i was watching the scarlet tanager I noticed a raptor of some sort high overhead. I couldn’t make out what it was until I got home and cropped the image. And, much to my surprise, I found out it was a bald eagle!
this song sparrow seemed to have captured more then it could swallow. Here is a link to some more of the birds I photographed on my hike .https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/PPL-Wetlands-birds-May-14-2017
On the way back I noticed the young oaks leaves. The oaks are always one of the last trees to put forth leaves in the Spring. i love to see them, but it is a bitter sweet feeling. They are like the caboose on the Spring train. when they appear you know almost all of the plants have come back to life now, and that special time of year is ending. There will be flowers, and fruits and birds and insects throughout the summer but it will never be as green as it is in May.
The wind picked up and I wasn’t able to make it to my car before the rain began. I got wet but didn’t mind it at all, After it is the rain that is making everything so green and alive down here in the wetlands. Here is a link to some more photographs I took on my hike today. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/PPL-Wetlands-May-14-2017-Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. ~Rainer Maria Rilke