Wildlife And Wildflowers: Late Summer Hikes In Community Park
It’s hard to believe Summer is almost over. The month of August went so fast. It was a busy month for me but I still managed to get in a few afternoon hikes in the Community Park near my home in Hazle Township, Luzerne County. I just hadn’t had time to share some of the beauty of the wildlife and wildflowers I saw on my hike in a blog post until now.
On my hikes in the park, I always first walk around scenic Lake Irena. The weather on almost all of my hikes in August was mostly sunny or with puffy cumulus clouds in the skies. It was a very dry month and it wasn’t until last week that we got some significant rains in our area.
The beautiful pickerelweed that grows along the shore of the lake was still blooming in the beginning of August but but by the end of the month there were only a few late blooming flowers on some of the the plants.
This was the first one I had seen in months. Both of these birds returned for a couple days at the beginning of the month. I didn’t see them again and I am sure they are now on their journey south for the Winter months.
Here is a link to a gallery on my blog website with more photos of these beautiful birds. Community Park heron and egrets August 2022.
This gray squirrel was also nibbling away on one, I believe it was a type of russula mushroom. After walking around beautiful Lake Irena I then hike on the trail that lead into the surrounding woodlands.
that were wallowing on the shores of the lake. Here is a link to some more of the deer, insects and other wildlife I saw on my hikes in August. Community Park wildlife August 2022.
I really enjoy my hikes in Community Park. There is usually some sort of wildlife or wildflower to be seen. And I enjoy sharing the beauty of nature here on my blog. Unfortunately, Summer is ending and there will be many months until I see this many critters and wildflowers. I am not a big fan of Winter anymore. But, as always Spring will follow. Here is a link to some more photos from my hikes in Community Park. Community Park August 2022.
“You can visit the same trail twice but you’ll never take the same hike.” – We Dream of Travel