Last Sunday I got up early , on a clear and cool late summer morning, to try and find some wild mushrooms. I was unsuccessful so I decided to head to the PPL Wetlands in Salem Township. It has been almost three weeks since I last visited and I miss walking along the Susquehanna River, the canals and ponds.
Once again I found many turtles sunning on the shores, rocks and logs in and around the waters, a sure sign that the waters are cooling down because of the decreasing sun and lengthening nights.
Another sign of the end of Summer and the approaching Fall was the absence of the chirping of the song birds. It seems many of warblers and other song birds may have already begun their migration south. I didn’t even see many robins or red winged blackbirds. But there were still a few catbirds fluttering about and making plenty of noise.
The calming sounds of the cicadas could be heard from the tree tops and there were quite a few dragonflies darting about.
At first I thought, being late August, that there wouldn’t be as many flowers in bloom as Spring. And there weren’t, but, upon closer observation I found quite a variety of flowers still in bloom, including these pretty cardinal flowers.
There were also still a full thistles in bloom, although most of these have gone to seed.
There were still plenty of jewelweed or touch-me-nots blooming along the trails including many yellow ones which I hadn’t seen earlier in August.
There were also many daisy like flowers growing,
and these not too popular flowers were now starting to bloom, the allergy aggravating ragweed.
And, as flowers do, they did attract many insects including bees, wasps and butterflies.
The milkweed flowers have now turned into pods and even these pods attract certain types of insects.
And the jack-in-the-pulpit flowers have now produced their unique fruit. Here is a link to some of the other flowers I found on my walk. FLOWERS.
I walked along the trails to the riverlands and always pretty Lake Took-A-While and the many folks still fishing in or walking around it’s waters or picnicking near it’s shores.
I walked back through the trails of the river and wetlands, hearing mainly the serenade of cicadas in the trees but also hearing, and seeing a few birds, including this large flycatcher, I think it is a kingbird,
this smaller flycatcher,
a juvenile woodpecker,
and some wood ducks, a great blue heron and a few green herons.
As I left the wetlands I saw this fellow watching me leave. I could roam these trails all day, so much flora and fauna in these wetlands, but I had to head home, knowing that soon Fall will arrive and the wetlands will begin to enter their long winter nap. Here is a link to some more photographs from my hike. PPL wetlands photographs.
When summer gathers up her robes of glory, And, like a dream, glides away.Sarah Helen Whitman