Walking In The Rain At The Wetlands. There Is No Such Thing As Bad Weather In May.
We had another rainy day here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It seems it is raining every weekend. I’d prefer some sunshine but a little rain isn’t going to stop me from enjoying the Spring. I decided to hike out the PPL wetlands again since it is so lush and green this time of year and there is almost always an abundance of wildlife to be seen out there. .
The rain was falling pretty hard when I arrived. Even though you could hear the many species of birds singing in the now leafy trees it was hard to find and photograph them in the rain. But there was plenty of plants and flowers to be seen, including many types of ferns, sprouting their new green fronds.
I was surprised to only see a few turtles and frogs along the trails. I thought they would enjoy the warm Spring rain but apparently they didn’t. I only saw this turtle, one more and one frog on my entire hike.
I left the wetlands and walked over to the adjacent riverlands when the rain let up a little. I was now able to see and photograph some of the songbirds including this baltimore oriole singing in the rain.
The rain had stopped and as I walked through the fields I saw, and heard, quite a few yellow warblers in the trees along the paths. They are usually perched high in the tree branches and hard to see without binoculars. I love capturing this beautiful bird in photographs so I can share it’s beauty.
I heard so many other birds and tried to find them, also perched high in the now leaf covered trees. I was unable to find most of them but did see a few including this common yellow throat warbler I saw for the first time last week.
And they aren’t only birds either. I saw a few deer roaming in the woods, including this one peeking from it’s cover in the undergrowth to take a look at me. Here is a link to more photographs I took of the many critters I saw in the wetlands today. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/ppl-wetlands-critters-may-22-2016
It was a rainy day but it’s May and it doesn’t matter what the weather is like here in Northeastern Pennsylvania as long as your outside. The Earth is waking up and what a great place to see it at the PPL Wetlands. Here is a link to some more photographs I took on my walk there this morning. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/ppl-wetlands-may-22-2016
These people have learned not from books, but in the fields, in the wood, on the river bank. Their teachers have been the birds themselves, when they sang to them, the sun when it left a glow of crimson behind it at setting, the very trees, and wild herbs.”
―Anton Chekhov, “A Day in the Country”