Dragonflies, Birds And A Lot Of Other Cool Stuff At The PPL Wetlands.

I spent a lot of last weekend, as i have been doing more and more these days,   exploring the trails at the PPl Wetlands and Riverlands. Located  in Salem Township on the eastern edge of Luzerne County , these wetlands are next  to the the Susquehanna River here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. trees along Susquehanna River

I guess I am somewhat of a creature of habit and know I will always find some interesting mammal, reptile, amphibian, bird or insect here and I love spending time in the woods at the wetlands  looking  for them. woodlands in PPL wetlands

It was a cloudy and cool morning last   Saturday  with some thunderstorms in the forecast so I decided to walk the trails in the wetlands with my fixed 400 mm lens knowing I would be limited in photographing objects such as birds, insects and animals from afar. cardinal perched in tree

It was a good decision since the overcast skies and cooler morning temperature seemed to encourage a lot of wildlife activity. I observed this cardinal high atop a tree as I drove in the wetlands. cardinal in flight

I saw a few wood duck chicks  scamper into  cover along one of the canals only getting a photographs of this last one of the bunch. wood duck swimming in duckweed covered pond

And I caught this groundhog also scampering into the safety of the brush as I approached. 

There trees were filled with the song of birds including this hooded warbler. hooded warbler perched on branch

And a number of song sparrows. song sparrow in grass

and flycatchers. flycatcher on branch

As I walked along the trails I cam upon this great blue heron. My previous blog posts contains more comments on my encounter with this beautiful bird and here is a link to some more photographs. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/birds-of-pennsylvania/nggallery/birds-of-pennsylvania/great-blue-heron-PPL-wetlands-July-8-2017great blue heron in wetlands

I heard the  deep  bellowing croaks of the bullfrogs as I walked through the wetlands but couldn’t get a photograph of any of them. The many turtles on the banks and logs weren’t as elusive. three turtles on a log

I came across a family of geese feeding on some vegetation growing along one of the canals of the wetlands.three canada geese feeding in wetlands

And saw a  green heron, a smaller relative of the great blue heron,  along Lake Took-A-While. green heron on  a lake

And some woodpeckers were also looking  for a meal, including this hairy or downy woodpecker I have a difficult time telling them apart. ,hairy or downy woodpecker on tree

and this red-bellied woodpecker. I also saw two  pileated woodpecker but they flew off before I could capture a photograph.red-bullied woodpecker on branch

The clouds broke and, as the sun warmed it up the dragonflies became  active and I was able to photograph a few of these colorful and intriguing creatures.

I spent a few more hours roaming the wetlands than I had planned but , for a nature lover like me, it sure was worth it.  Here is a link to a few  photographs of the many things I saw on  my hike last Saturday . http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/PPL-Wetlands-July-8-2017-young song sparrow on tree

I returned to the wetlands early Sunday, which was a sunny, cooler and less humid day and started my hike along the Susquehanna River.  I walked the ancient trees and took in the sunlight filtering from the canopy of leaves on what was once a Native American path known as the Great Warrior Trail. sun filtering through leaves

I have written a few blog posts about this trail and they can be found by searching my blog archives.  trees along Susquehanna River

I decided to drive to the Riverlands section of the preserve, and hike another section of the Great Warrior Trail that I have never been on before. signpost for Great Warrior Trail

It begins at the eastern edge of the PPl Riverlands and proceeds east and north between the Susquehanna river and Route 11. 

The trail started  following  an old railroad track.  It soon left the deep woods of the wetlands and riverlands and, with the more open areas, had many  of the familiar wild plants of northeastern Pennsylvania growing along the trails, such as  common mullein, milkweed, pokeweed, touch-me nots  and burdock, shown here.  These plants were much larger here, growing in the rich soil near the river, than the ones that grow near my home and in poor clay soil on the high ridges where I am located. burdock growing along trail

The trail left the railroad tracks and proceeded along a small pond.pond along trail

I stopped and enjoyed this wonderful scene and imagined the many happy memories the folks who used the dock to dive in and swim in this pond over the years. pond with trees and flowers

I continued along the trail but will be honest and say it was too close to the traffic of Route 11 for my liking.  There were plenty of wildflowers along the way such as these daylilies,close up of day lily flower

and a lot of the common birds found in these, in these roadside areas, such as the robins, catbirds and, of course the red-winged blackbirds. red winged blackbird on branch

However, I think the trail was to close to the traffic and human activity to allow any  observation of the more shy wildlife found in the deeper woods and wetlands. So, I decided to return to the wetlands. It was still a pleasant hike  for folks just wanting to get outdoors and certainly worth exploring. Great warrior trail

When I returned to the wetlands I decided to walk along the shores of Lake- Took-A-While with my macro lens and try and photograph some of the many dragonflies now skirting along the water. 

They are so many different species of these ancient insects, each with their distinct colors. dragonfly on twig

And even members of the same species each have their own unique patterns of color. I could spend an entire day observing them. Here is a link to some more photographs of some of the dragonflies I observed.  http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/PPL-Wetlands-dragonflies-July-9-2017-dragonfly on twig

I also took some photographs of the plants along the wetlands with my macro lens, which always look so different looked at up close.macro photo of plant

This is a leaf from a corn stalk. Here is a link to some more photographs taken with my macro lens. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/PPL-Wetlands-macro-July-9-2017

Again, I spent a few more hours than I wanted to at the wetlands, but,  I sure enjoyed it. I love the Summer here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike out the wetlands and riverlands last Sunday. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-2017/nggallery/photographs-2017/PPL-Wetlands-and-Great-Warrior-Trail-July-9-2017-

 

 

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” 
― Albert Einstein

 

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The Change, It Has Begun. A Late Summer Hike With My Macro Lens.

I headed back out to Community Park on another beautiful late Summer afternoon in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Still no bald eagle sighting but an enjoyable hike with my macro lens. macro-hike-18

There aren’t many flowers blooming this time of year but i found a few, including this one I have never seen before. macro-hike-1

And, without an abundance of flowers in bloom there are a lot fewer insects flying about. But I did manage to see, and photograph a few. macro-hike-2

I was surprised to see a couple of dragonflies still darting about, and you can see from the way this critter’s wings have deteriorated,  that they won’t be flying much longer. macro-hike-19

And like the dragonflies, the leaves are also showing signs of deterioration , and are beginning to show their Fall colors. macro-hike-9

It won’t be long now until all of the leaves join in the annual display of color.  macro-hike-10

The ducks and geese were still on the water and I came across a few feathers they have left on the shores of the lake. macro-hike-28

It was a pleasant evening but ended a lot earlier than it does at the beginning of Summer as we continue to lose a few minutes of daylight every evening and morning. We still have one week of Summer left and I am going to enjoy every last minute of it. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike tonight. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/macro-hike-September-13-2016macro-hike-3

 

When summer gathers up her robes of glory, And, like a dream, glides away.     Sarah Helen Whitmanmacro-hike-26

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Up Close And Far Away: Macro And The Moon. Both Perspectives Are Beautiful In Their Own Way.

I have still been busy at the office, and it has still been hot here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, so I haven’t been on any long hikes or adventures, but still a lot to see, even near  your own backyard. macro -28

I walked about a block from my house yesterday with my macro lens and was, again, amazed at the variety of insect life I was able to find. macro -25

There are not a lot of flowers in bloom this time of year, but the bees, wasps, flies and other insects sure found they ones that are blooming. I found hundreds of insects visiting a patch of mint flowers. macro -15

It seems every time I walk with my camera and macro lens I find a new insect I have never seen before. yesterday it was this unusual fly. Here is a link to some more photographs of the insects I saw near my house. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/Macro-insects-August-18-2016-macro -27

It was a cloudy evening, and the clouds prevented me from watching the full moon rise, but I set my alarm , and awoke in the middle of the night and was treated to a cloud shrouded moon while I was serenaded by a chorus of katydids and crickets. full moon -6

It was a magical evening. Here is a link to some more photographs of the full moon. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/Full-Moon-August-19-2016-full moon -12

It was cloudy and a bit cooler this morning, but the sun broke through the clouds and it got hot. I decided to leave the office a bit early and headed to the PPL Riverlands with my macro lens. macro-1

Once again I enjoyed the complexity and beauty of nature up close. It is an entirely new world.Here is a link to some more potogrpahs from my walk.  http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/PPL-Riverlands-macro-walk-August-19-2016macro-17

Here, like my yard, I found only a few flowers in bloom, but the one that were, attracted moths, butterflies and insects.macro-18

There are now more berries and seeds being produced by the many plants that bloomed earlier in the summer and in spring. macro-14

And,of course the ponds, canals and lake were active with the darting and hovering of the many species of dragonflies.macro-34

I could spend hours, probably days, watching and photographing these beautiful creatures. macro-30

They have been flying through the atmosphere of our planet before the dinosaurs walked the Earth. Here is a link to some more photographs of the dragonflies, which also can be found in my photograph albums page of my blog. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/Dragonflies-PPL-Riverlands-August-19-2016-macro-36

Even though the summer heat has caused the birds, amphibians, reptiles  and mammals to become quiet and inactive there is still plenty of beauty in the warm days of summer if you look up or down and keep your eyes peeled. macro-22

 

I am the dragonfly rising on the wings of unlocked dreams on the verge of magical things.” – Aimee Stewartmacro-35

 

 

 

 

 

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The Insects Don’t Seem To Mind The Heat

It was another hazy, hot and humid day here in Northeastern Pennsylvania yesterday. Temperatures again hovered in the mid 90’s. I decided to stay close to home, and took a few shorter hikes in the heat, the first at the local Rails to Trails, with my macro lens. Insects -15

There are not many flowers in bloom now, but the many species of insects sure were able to find those that were.  It was amazing to see the many types of insects attracted to the queen anne’s lace growing along the trail.Insects -23

The most common now were the many types of grasshoppers. They seemed to be everywhere. Insects -5

The beautiful thistles are also blooming now. And they too attracted many insects, including these beautiful moths. Insects -42

It is amazing how many different types of bees and wasps there are in our area. I tried to photograph a very small, thin and unusual wasp but they would flee at the slightest move. Insects -11

And I came across these unusual insect, it seems to be some type of mantis with those large  pincers .  Here is a link to some more of the photographs from my morning hike. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/Insects-macro-August-13-2016-Insects -31

I walked for about an hour in the heat, returned home for some water and a break, and then decided to take another hike out to one of our many local parks and lakes, this one only a few mile from my home, Lake Irena at the Community Park in Hazle Township. Insects  community Park -1

It was now midday and the heat was intense but there were still a lot of folks enjoying the shade of the old oak trees and having a picnic or just getting out of the sun. The insect, however didn’t mind the heat or sun. Insects  community Park -9

I first walked along the shore  of the lake, and found plenty of dragonflies darting about. I didn’t want  to stand in the hot sun to try and get close ups, that will wait for some cooler weather. Insects  community Park -15

Again I saw a lot of grasshoppers jumping about and this poor fellow who jumped into the lake. He was really struggling and seemed to look at me for help, well probably not, but I helped him get out of the water anyway. Insects  community Park -11

And this strange insect flew into the frame of my glasses and didn’t want to leave. Insects  community Park -8

I left the lake, to get out of the intense heat and sun, and walked along a path under some ancient oak trees. The shade was refreshing, and  the many mushrooms I found growing there, also seemed to appreciate it. Insects  community Park -2

The heat was exhausting so I left the park. I really enjoyed having an up close look at nature and the world of the insects and may do it again today. Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk at Community park. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/-Community-Park-macro-August-13-2016-

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“In summer the empire of insects spreads.”
― Adam ZagajewskiInsects -32

 

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Hazy, Hot And Humid: A Short Walk As Summer Arrives In Northeastern Pennsylvania.

We finally got my  favorite kind of  Summer weather here  today, hazy, hot and humid. It was mostly sunny with temperatures nearing 90 degrees. I didn’t get to enjoy all of it,  I had a long day at the office and didn’t get home until late in the afternoon. When I did, I  immediately grabbed my camera and macro lens and took a walk near home in the late afternoon heat.macro   -4

As I walked to the ponds near my house I knew Summer was advancing by the blooming of the pugnet wild herb tansy.  This invasive species was brought here from Europe as a medicinal herb and now grows wild along our roadsides.macro   -2

I also came across some  queen anne’s lace, another sign that it is Summer in our areamacro   -3

As I got into the woods I found some wild raspberries which were beginning to ripen. My dad and I enjoyed these tasty treats provided by mother nature.macro   -11

The black berries are a few weeks from ripening but it looks like there will be a good crop.macro   -7

The day lilies, another invasive species that escaped cultivation, are now blooming along the roadsides and trails.macro   -8

As is the delicate touch me not flowers. The crushed flower is a folk remedy for insect stings and bites and, having used it many times, I can say it works. macro   -14

I think the late afternoon heat had many of the insects avoiding the late afternoon heat and I didn’t see many bees, wasps or other insects on the many wild flowers now blooming in the area. The comfrey usually attracts many bees but only a few today. macro   -10

I did see a few dragonflies and damselflies on my walk. macro   -24

And this pretty moth.macro   -22

The leaves have lost their bright green colors of Spring but are still so complex, delicate and beautiful when viewed up close with the macro lens. macro   -18

And looking at the leaves I found this young snail under the shade of a leaf, avoiding the intense sun. macro   -26

So much to see so close to home. I am sure I would have found many other wonders of the natural world had I more time to walk, but it was late and I was hungry so I headed home. Our heat wave will continue for a few days and I hope to get out and enjoy my favorite Summer weather. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/macro-walk-july-6-2016macro   -13

 

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”
Henry Jamesmacro   -6

 

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June From A Different Perspective; A Look At The insect World.

I took advantage of the cool but pleasant weather we’ve been having  these past few days  to walk near my home with my macro lens after I got home from work. I love looking at the natural world up close. The complexity is so beautiful as can be seen by this newly formed blackberry. macro -1

I was looking  to photograph the many insects we often walk by and hardly notice, .  It’s amazing the  many different species  that  are living with  us. and we never notice them macro -13

I found quite few insect on the many daisies that are now blooming along the paths in the woods near my house. macro -5

I have seen some of them before like this beatle. macro -3

And others, like this one, I saw for the first time. macro -11

I have also seen this small white spider that  seems to only live on daisies. It blends in with the white petals and is very hard to find. macro -21

I also found this tiny spider hiding on some flower petals.  It truth is remarkable how the blend in with the flowers. macro -2

I also found this tiny spider, yes it’s a spider, I had to look twice too. And it was a very quick one, disappearing as I tried to get a better photograph.macro -8

And the moths and butterflies are starting to appear. Again I  am not good at identifying the names of the  these moths, but I do know they are beautiful and delicate and I  enjoy seeing them fluttering in our woodlands again. macro -4

It won’t be long until the monarch and swallowtail butterflies appear.macro -13

It was very windy these past few days so there weren’t many dragonflies and damselflies darting through the air but i did find a few perched on leaves and branches. macro -17

I love finding and photographing these delicate creatures. I could spend hours watching them. macro -15

I was only in the woods a short time and still found such a wide variety of insects. All of them, even the many types of flies, so different and yet amazing looked at up close. macro -6

I wish I had more time to discover more of  these  often overlooked creatures  which are  still a part of  our natural world. So much  to see  in these warm months, birds, animals, trees, flowers, and yes, even the insects. here is a link to some more photographs I  took on my hikes. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/macro-hikes-june-910-2016macro -14

 

“In summer the empire of insects spreads.”
Adam Zagajewskimacro -17

 

 

 

 

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June Days: Dragonflies And Daisies.

All Winter long I look forward to Spring. I love the re-awakening of Nature every year.  March, April and May are beautiful months.  But June has always been my favorite.  And it’s not just because it’s the month I celebrate my birthday.  macro-12

I love the long days and the high angle of the sun in the sky. I also like the fresh greenness of the new leaves on the plants and trees and the many flowers that start to bloom. macro-1

I have been walking out near some ponds and wetlands after work these past two days and took my macro lens along to capture, up close, some of June’s beauty. And it didn’t talk long. Even the common hawkweed looks exotic and beauty went looked at through the macro lens. macro-1

I found these goblets which, in a few months will grow into wild grapes. macro-3

The comfrey is in full bloom now but it is alarming that there are so few bees pollinating these flowers.  In the past these flowers were covered with bees. Not this year. Sad.macro-10

I was glad to see a lot of dragonflies hovering about the ponds and wetlands. I love watching these ancient insects. macro-7

The dragonfly spends a portion of it’s life in the water as a nymph. When they mature they crawl out of the water and emerge from their old skin as a dragonfly. I found this empty shell of a dragonfly nymph.macro-10

I came across this spider, one I have never seen before. macro-8

And I  saw a few of these moths feeding on the wild rose and blackberry blossoms. macro-15

And I spotted this little fellow, a toad,  on the ground. macro-2

So much to see in June, but one of my favorite sights is the first daisy. I have loved these flowers since we sang about them when i was in the first grade. it seems just like yesterday. daisies -4

In my opinion, nothing shouts “Summer is coming” as the appearance of these delightful flowers. Here is a link to more photographs of some daisies I saw on my walks. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/macro-walk-daisies-june-2016daisies -2

I could spend my entire day outdoors this time of year, admiring all of the beauty that surrounds us, from the birds, trees, flowers and even the simplest newly sprouted leaves. Here is a link to some more photographs I took on my walks. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/macro-walks-june-2016macro-22

 

If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere. ~Vincent Van Gogh~Daisies -22

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Another Up Close Look At The Beauty Of Spring.

We have finally had some Summer-like weather here in Northeastern Pennsylvania these past few days and it has resulted in a spurt in the growth of the plants, trees and flowers. macro-5

I took a few walks with my macro lens to once again capture the beauty of May  from an insect’s perspective. macro hike -18

For a few days I was very alarmed to not find any bees at the rhododendron flowers which are now starting to bloom. macro hike -6

I have been noticing fewer and fewer bees and other insects for a few years now and this year walked for two days and didn’t see a single bee. Thankfully, yesterday I finally saw a few buzzing about the beautiful rhododendron flowers gathering the first pollen of the year to feed their hive. macro-9

I am hoping the wet and cool Spring weather we had delayed their appearance and that they once again are busily pollinating the flowers as they should. We would be in a lot of trouble if they didn’t. macro-15

I found some tiny  blueberries or,  as we call them around here huckleberries, just starting to develop. i learned,  from photographing them up close, that the seeds form first and the fleshy fruit we eat grows around them. Very  interesting.macro-11

It is amazing how delicate and intricate almost all of the plants, leaves and flowers are when viewed up close. macro hike -25

Even the dreaded poison ivy leaves have a beauty to them when viewed through with a macro lens.macro hike -10

I did see my first dragonfly on one of my walks but wasn’t able to get a photograph. There should be a lot more of them with the onset of the warm and humid weather. I also saw a few moths and butterflies hovering about the flowers in the fields and woods. macro hike -32

And even the ordinary wasps and flies have a strange beauty when viewed up close. macro hike -41

All of our plants and trees have now set forth their leaves, even the oaks, always the last to  last to leaf and the last to lose them in the Fall. macro hike -27

On my way home I visited my mom’s peony plants and again found them covered with ants. macro hike -16

There are so many objects to photograph in the woods, gardens  and fields near my house that I  could spend days just roaming them with my macro lens. But then I wouldn’t get to see, photograph and share the many beautiful landscapes and wildlife that inhabits them.macro hike -34

I do know this for certain, I will never be bored in the Spring, Summer or Fall here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here is a link to some more photographs I took on my hikes with my macro lens. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/macro-flowers-and-insects-may-25-26-2016macro-12

 

“Look around you…Feel the wind, smell the air. Listen to the birds and watch the sky. Tell me what’s happening in the wide world.” macro hike -11
Nancy Farmer

 

 

 

 

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Looking At Things A Little Differently: A Walk With My Macro Lens.

As you may have noticed, I have been devoting a lot of my hikes, and blogs,  to looking for  the many of birds  that live in our area and which I have discovered.  with my 400mm lens.  I love this new hobby  but today I decided to take a walk with my macro lens.  I also love to see how beautiful the natural world is close up. And, once again, I wasn’t disappointed. macro walk -5

I walked through my neighborhood first, looking at everyday flowers and weeds then I took the same walk through the ponds and wetlands I have been taking every evening after work. This time, however, I got a much closer look, and it was just as beautiful. macro walk -22

It is still very early in the growing season and many plants are just beginning to put forth their first leaves, such as the oaks. macro walk -28

Others, like the birch and the  ginkgo tree growing in my front yard  already have developed their leaves. And their intricate designs sure look pretty through the macro lens. macro walk -2

I also found it interesting to see the young fruits on some of the trees and plants. These small buds will develop into raspberries by early summer. macro walk -18

And these buds will  grow into grapes by summer’s end. macro walk -11

It is hard to believe these tiny and delicate buds will form black walnuts in the fall. macro walk -10

I was hoping to find a lot more insects, especially bees pollinating the flowers but I actually only saw this one. I hope it is because of the cold weather and not a result of the insecticides so widely used these days. macro walk -14

I also only saw this one spider, a close up, of the critter on the leaf above. macro walk -8

I headed into the woods and turned over a few logs and rocks hoping to find some interesting bugs and insects.  I didn’t find many except these ants and their eggs which,once exposed were quickly carried underground by the worker ants. macro walk -35

I also made this interesting discovery when I turned over a log, a nest of some small mammal, I believe to be a mouse. I didn’t want to try and find out since I didn’t want to disturb it. You never know what you will find if you keep looking. macro walk -31

I found a few blueberry or, as we call them here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, huckleberries. It is amazing to see how the young berries develop. macro walk -26

I headed back home and noticed the ants on my mom’s peony buds. macro walk -41

They are attracted to these buds for some reason and I was able to get  some close ups photos of these  busy creaturesmacro walk -42

some folks may not find these close ups photographs to be as pleasing to the eye as a beautiful cardinal or warbler, but they certainly are beautiful, in their own way, and I sure enjoy this perspective too, Here is a link to some more photographs from my walk today. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-page-2/nggallery/photographs-page-two-blog/macro-walk-may-17-2016

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~ Photography is the power of observation, not the application of technology. – Ken Rockwellmacro walk -19

 

 

 

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Not Many Mushrooms Today, But Lot Of Color, And Some Wasps, Bees and Spiders.

It was another nice Fall  day here in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The leaves continue to get more color everyday now and should soon be at their peak. macro hike (1 of 18)

I have been finding quite a few mushrooms since we got some rain last week. This is a photograph of some he of the woods mushrooms(we call them ramsheads around here) I found on Tuesday. !7 pounds. A nice haul, for sure.12109022_1235686976456919_2502289044651456299_n

So I left the office a little early to try and find a few more. Of course, I’m not telling where I went but it was somewhere in the woods. No hen of the woods but I did find a few honey mushrooms, also known as popinkies or stumpers in our area. macro hike (15 of 18)

It isn’t easy looking for wild mushrooms. Today, I had to hike through woods full thorns and brambles. They are like hidden barbed wire.  macro hike (7 of 18)

And what I find even worse are the many spider webs strewn across my path. There is nothing as horrible as walking face first into a spider web, especially if the owner, one of these critters,  is sitting in the middle of it. macro hike spider (1 of 1)

There is an abundant crop of acorns this year and  the ground is covered in them under the older oak trees. And the woods were full of squirrels and chipmunks feeding on the bounty.macro hike (13 of 18)

I also saw a lot of bees and wasps taking advantage of the late blooming flowers, well not sure if you can call ragweed a flower but the bees and wasps love it anyway. Here is a link to some more photographs of the wasps I took today. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/pennsylvania-insects-bees-butterflies-dragonflies-slugs-etc/nggallery/pennsylvania-insects-bees-butterflies-dragonflies-slugs/wasp-october-8-2015macro hike bee  164 - (1 of 1)

I walked over four miles and only came home with under a pounds of popinkies  but it was a nice day to be outdoors and I mixed the popinkies  with the hen of the woods left over form Tuesday. They sure were good. I am hoping to get out this weekend again, it may be the last chance to find mushrooms this year.  I’m a Summer person and I’m not looking forward to the cold weather that will soon be here. But Spring is just around the corner. Here are some more photographs from my hike today. http://www.keepyoureyespeeled.net/photographs-macro hike bee 143 (1 of 2)5/nggallery/blog-photos/macromushroom-hike-october-8-2015

 

“Autumn is a season followed immediately by looking forward to Spring.”
–  Anonymous

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