Many of the trails near my home in Hazle Township, located in the higher elevations of Northeastern Pennsylvania, still had a lot of snow cover last Sunday. So, I decided to head south and the lower elevations of the Lehigh Canal in Weissport, Carbon County.
There is a lot of history in this area, from it’s beginnings as a fort founded by Benjamin Franklin to it’s importance as a hub on the famous Lehigh Canal. I have done a few posts on it’s history and they can be found in the archives section of my blog.
As I thought I would , I found plenty of mallard ducks looking for nesting sites along the canal. I also saw a pair of wood ducks, but, as is usually the case, they flew off before I could photograph them.
The Lehigh River was rushing with the waters from the rapidly melting snow and I saw a lot of white water on my walk. There were also many geese, and like the ducks, pairing off to find the perfect place to locate their nest. Here is a link to a video of some geese on the river I uploaded to YouTube. https://youtu.be/qw5gqe4k8Ek
And a lot of plants on the ground were starting to set forth their first green leaves, in anticipation of the warmer weather, which I hope is on it’s way. It was nice to see even this little bit of green.
And there were the very welcome new arrivals, including, of course quite a few robins who were scampering along the mussy ground in search of a meal as well as plenty of red winged black birds in the brush along the trails and their noisy chattering calls.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t happy with me watching it and it took off for a more private dining area. Here is a link to some more photographs of the osprey and other birds I saw on my hike. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/Lehigh-Canal-Weissport-birds-March-26-2017-
i was glad I decided to hike the old Lehigh canal trail and was treated with a lot of bird activity. I am hoping, next weekend, that the snow cover atop the mountain will be gone and I can once again, walk the trails closer to home. The woodlands of Northeastern Pennsylvania should be coming to life and I hope to be out there, with my eyes peeled, enjoying the many wonders it will offer. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/Lehigh-Canal-Weissport-March-26-2017-
Summer, fall, winter, spring,
The seasons rotate as each brings
its special beauty to this earth of ours.
Winters’ snow and Summers’ flowers
Frozen rivers will flow come spring,
There is a renewal of everything.
– Edna Frohock