Time Passes : The End Of Spring At The PPL Wetlands.

Time Passes : The End Of Spring At The PPL Wetlands.

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 It’s hard to believe Summer begins this week. It is my first weekend back since my trip to Norway in search of the midnight sun.. I didn’t find it. I decided to hike in the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township Luzerne County, one of my favorite hiking grounds.  It’s has been almost a month since I last visited. That is too long.  I arrived to find the entire wetlands clothed in the deep green colors of June. lush green tree line trail

This is the peak growing season here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  The trees, plants,  and even animals,  have put forth a spurt of new growth. It was sunny and warm today and I enjoyed walking under the shade of the ancient trees that grow in the wetlands.sun flitering through tree leaves

I walked along one of the canals and found this muskrat sitting on a log. I think he was asleep. As I approached he was startled and jumped into the duckweed covered waters. muskrat on log

The skunk cabbages, one of the first signs of Spring, and so lush and green on my last visit, were already showing signs of deterioration.skunk cabbage

While the skunk cabbages were fading the milkweed was in full growth stage and began producing  their  flowers.milkweed flower buds

The honeysuckle was still in bloom, filling the wetlands with their heavenly fragrance.  There is nothing like the smell of honeysuckle on a warm June night. I need to plant some near my house.honeysuckle flowers

There were only  few turtles sunning themselves on the banks of the water or on logs. They now are comfortable beneath the warm waters. I did see a few sitting on a log , who still liked the hot June sun.turtles on log

There were also a lot more dragonflies fluttering above the ponds and canals of the wetlands. I love watching these insects dart through the air.dragonflies on twig and in flight

And I love inspecting their delicate wings when the land on a twig or rock for a rest. dragonfly on twig

I walked  along the duck weed covered ponds toward the river lands section of the preserve. duckweed covered canal in wetlands

As I approached Lake Took-A-While I saw this great blue heron enjoying a fish it just caught. great blue heron eating fish

It did not take long to devour it. great blue heron eating fish

I now walked along the lake, passing quite a few fishermen on it’s shores. trail along lake

I also found a gathering of geese. Three families of geese to be exact. These proud parents had the youngest family. canada geese and goslings on lake

The oldest family belonged to this couple.geese and goslings

And this family appeared to have had their eggs hatch between the other two families. 

I watched the Canada geese and goslings frolic in the duck weed covered waters of the lake. geese and goslings

It was getting hot and I decided to end my hike and return to my car. On my return walk I saw a few more birds including this catbird,catbird in tree

a Baltimore oriolebaltimore oriole in tree

and this red tailed hawk soaring overhead. Here is a link to some more photographs of the birds I saw on my hike. PPL Wetlands birds June 17 2018.red tailed hawk in flight

I also saw a few butterflies including this one. butterfly on flower

I walked back along the Susquehanna River and the ancient trees growing along its banks.trees along river

It was a nice place to spend my last weekend in Spring.  And I look forward to many more walks in the Summer. Here is a link to more photographs from my hike. PPL Wetlands June 17 2018.


“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