The Winter Solstice, And Winter, Arrives In Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The Winter Solstice arrived at 11:29 p.m. last Saturday here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The shortest day of the year and the beginning of Winter here in the Northern Hemisphere. And it arrived as it should with cold and ice.
I decided to again hike in The PPL Wetlands and River Lands in Salem Township, Luzerne County. The weather turned cold the week before my hike. Temperatures plummeted into the single digits. I knew there would be ice on the ponds and canals in the wetlands but I was surprised when I found ice floating on the Susquehanna River.
Winter had definitely had arrived. I followed the trails in the wetlands hoping to see one of the bald eagles that have been in the area They weren’t around. . The ponds and canals were now covered in ice and snow and thus preventing the eagles from catching the plentiful fish living there.
This week I hiked down to the Susquehanna River thinking the eagles may have moved here in their search for fish and other prey. No eagles near the river but I did scare a flock of Canada geese off the waters of the river. They moved here from the ice covered lake.
I didn’t see or hear the many species of wildlife, mammal, bird, insect and amphibian I do in the Summer. But it was still a nice day to be outdoors on the shortest day of the year, knowing that each day would be a little longer and the sun a little stronger. This is a link to my gallery archive page and more photographs from my Winter solstice hike. PPL Wetlands hike December 21 2019.
Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart. Victor Hugo