Time Moves On: The Last Weekend Of Spring At The PPL Wetlands.
It’s hard to believe that it’s the last weekend of Spring. It seems like it was only yesterday when Spring began and the snow and ice were melting and the woodlands of Northeastern Pennsylvania were coming to life. . However, even though it was chilly , with temperatures in the low 50’s, I found many signs of the approaching Summer as soon as I walked into the PPl Wetlands and Riverlands in Salem Township Saturday morning . The ponds and canals are now covered with duckweed.
The sun warmed quickly warmed it up and, as usual, I encountered a wide variety of wildlife in the wetlands and riverlands. I wasn’t able to photograph all of it. I saw a few deer, chipmunks, squirrels and rabbits that ran off before I could focus my camera lens on them . I was able to capture this squirrel shortly after I started my hike.
I knew there had to be some young wood ducks in the wetlands. I had seen at least three mating pairs in the Spring. I soon found them in one of the canals. However the ducklings sped off into the brush before I could photograph them. Mom waited until they all were safe before she joined them.
There were many wildflowers in bloom now. I have a new App. on my iPhone to help identify wildflowers. I am not sure if they are correct but this is the identification the app made. Please feel free to let me know if they are incorrect. This flower is called dames rocket.
The mid June sun warmed up considerably from when I began my hike. Temperatures were now near 80 degrees as I started my 3 1/2 mile walk back to my car. On the way I saw this beaver in one of the ponds. I also saw a beautiful pileated woodpecker> I love seeing these birds in the woodlands but I wasn’t able to get a photo.
I always hope to see a bear, fox, snake or some other more exciting and exotic animal on my hike. Sometimes I do, but for the most part I usually see the same common flowers, trees birds, insects and animals I always do. This is always good enough for me. I love to see and share the beauty of the woodlands of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Unfortunately the Spring, Summer and Fall always seem to go by so quickly and then Winter lingers too long. Here is a link to a gallery with more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetland and Riverlands June 15 2019
In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them. Aldo Leopold