outdoors


 TRR photos by Scott Rando
This loon is a study of intricate patterning as it spreads its wings next to my kayak on Walker Lake in Shohola, PA in early May. Its red eyes stand out even though it was cloudy with intermittent rain.

Loons: just passing through

One May afternoon, I happened to be working in the yard when I thought I heard the mournful call of a loon. I was almost done with my work, and when I was finished, I headed down to Walker Lake with a pair of binoculars to see if I could find what had made that noise.


TRR photo by Sandy Long
The McDade Recreational Trail ranges through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and features gravel pathways for hiking and bicycling, views of the Delaware River, farm fields and forests.

A trail to try

Spring has finally sprung, beckoning us outside with its beguiling charms. Taking to a trail is a wonderful way to connect with what’s happening as temperatures climb and daylight lengthens. One interesting option to consider is the long and winding McDade Recreational Trail in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.


Photo from Pixabay

Outdoor spring cleaning

Maintaining an organized, squeaky clean home and property can be a challenge, especially in winter. Cold weather keeps us from venturing into the yard, basement, or garage, allowing dirt, grime and clutter to pile up.


Photo from Pixabay

Early season trout fishing

April 1, opening of trout season in New York State, arrived in my neighborhood with bright sunshine, a stiff wind and a reading of 21 degrees on the thermometer. A little later that morning, I spoke with a friend who lives near Roscoe who said, “It’s snowing.” When I asked if he was going fishing, he laughed.


TRR photos by Scott Rando

One of the frogs, which was likely feeling the effects of its recent emergence, is seen sitting on the ice for a period of time. Amphibians become somewhat torpid at very low temperatures, making them very vulnerable to predation, but I did not see any attempts by crows or other birds.

Frogs on ice

This time of the year I get into the habit of checking for the first signs and sounds of the spring peepers and wood frogs in local ponds. In our region, the last week of March through the first week of April is a great time to hear those first emerging for the season.


TRR photos by Sandy Long

Lighten your spirits with a good laugh at the creatures we share our lives with—even those who, at times, test our patience!
 

A dose of delight

By the time this column goes to press, the few lingering lumps of crusty snow-ice in my yard will hopefully have seeped into the soggy earth. The transition from winter’s slow fade to spring’s invigorating rise sometimes

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