There Is No Place Like Northeastern Pennsylvania In May : A Spring Walk In The PPL Wetlands
Rain and clouds were in the forecast again last Saturday. However, when I awoke the skies were clearing. It looked like it was going to be a nice day. . It is beautiful everywhere in the month of May in the woodlands of Northeastern Pennsylvania. So I had many options where t i could hike. I decided to head down to the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township. . It is located about 20 from my home. I have come to love this nature preserve along the Susquehanna River.
In the past, I would hike the forested hills near my home. Most of them have been developed and are now covered with homes and industrial buildings. So I looked for new hiking areas and the PPL Wetlands have become one of my favorites. I arrived early and walked under a canopy of lush new green leaves. The ground was also green with the new growth of grass, shrubs and wildflowers. The mandrake or map apple were now in full bloom. Their delicate flowers are found nodding under the lush new leaves.
The songs of the newly arrived song birds could be heard too, contributing to an almost magical scene reminding me of the garden of Eden. The yellow warblers provided a brilliant yellow contrast to the light greens color of the new vegetation.
I walked past the lake and hiked a mile on the Susquehanna Warrior Trail. The trail passes a pond and picnic ground along the river. I often wonder about the may picnics that most have been held here over the years.
I also found a pair of cowbirds tumbling in the dirt. i am not sure if the were fighting, playing or getting romantic. Here is a link to some more photographs of the birds I saw on my hike. PPL Wetlands birds May 11 2019.
I was glad the weather forecast was wrong. It turned out to be a perfect day to enjoy the beauty of Spring in the woodlands of Northeastern Pennsylvania. These beautiful days are my favorite of the year. I am always grateful for every minute I can spend outside this time of year. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands may 11 2019.