I am so blessed to live within walking distance to one of PA's most popular state parks. Nestled within the park is a 1,275 acre lake with 26 miles of shoreline. A few years ago, we invested in a pontoon boat so the family could enjoy every square inch of wildlife and nature the lake has to offer.
On St. Patrick's Day, we were able to launch our pontoon for the first time this year. Usually the temps hover right around 50 degrees in March - - a little chilly for the lake, but on this lucky day, Mother Nature delivered us gorgeous summerlike weather - - the perfect day for sightseeing on the lake.
Allow me to take you on a pontoon photo tour of the life that is erupting on the lake this spring.
|An osprey sits in her nest awaiting the hatching of her babies|
|A nesting box for the Osprey or Eagle|
|The osprey is ready for takeoff to hunt more fish in the lake below|
|A flock of double-crested cormorants drying their wings in the trees on Round Island|
|The cormorants, a migratory bird, are simply passing through this area|
|A close up of the double-crested cormorant|
|Basking floats are placed randomly around the lake for the turtles to sun themselves|
I always anticipate the goslings, which will hatch right around the middle of April. I never miss photographing them and you can be assured that I will share their fuzzy cuteness right here on my blog. Right now, the mamas and the papas are very protective of their eggs. Unless you want to get goosed, it is best to keep your distance from them.
Cruising the lake in our pontoon allows us to see and experience these things that may otherwise go unnoticed by most people on land. Quietly as we cruise along, we are able to enjoy these creatures that live their lives in and around the water.