Now I need to get there before dawn someday. :- )
The Nature Conservancy
The 1,527-foot-high summit offers terrific panoramic views of the Delaware watershed, where The Nature Conservancy and its partners are doing a lot of environmental restoration work.
The ascent up the red trail took roughly an hour of aggressive hiking/scrambling up rocks, but it was well worth the effort. The view will only get more spectacular as the foliage changes.
The descent, down the blue trail, is much easier and features a waterfall. I also saw a cool frog and Question Mark or Comma butterfly along the way. Lots of vultures and a Red-tail, but an otherwise slow mid-morning for birds.
No matter which way you go, bring plenty of water, a hiking pole and a cellphone (for any emergencies).
Mount Tammany is an hour or so from the Celery Farm, just off Route 80 just before the bridge into Pennsylvania.
More about Mount Tammany here.
We did not expect much moth activity. All I can is, Boy, were we surprised.
Not only did we have at least one outrageously strange little moth we think is a Beautiful Wood-nymph, but we also had two very cool hawk moths (think: tiny Stealth Bombers), a tussock moth caterpillar and a huge American toad. Not bad for a drizzly night.
The goal of the evening was to remind folks just how nifty nature can be at night if we pay attention.
May post more pix if they become available.
Moth Night, by the way, is part of the eighth annual National Moth Week, a terrific worldwide event. You can learn more here.
Just wanted to thank Lisa Shippy-Woods and The Nature Conservancy for putting together and hosting this very cool and educational event -- awesome job.
A "thank you," too, to everyone who participated despite the uncertain (at best) weather.
Not only is The Nature Conservancy sponsoring a free Moth Night tonight at the Kay Center, but the grounds there offer some primo butterfly-watching. (Click here for more info on tonight's free S'Moths an S'Mores event in Chester.)
Among the butterflies I saw there this week were Spicebush Swallowtail, many Monarchs, Question Mark, Wood Nymph, Great Spangled Fritillary, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail and Silver-spotted Skipper.
Also had a few Hummingbird Clear-winged Moths for a Moth Night warm-up act.
Today is Day 5 of my #challengeonnaturephotography (post 7 nature photos in 7 days). I was nominated by Kevin Watson.
This is an aerial photograph of the Hyper Humus marsh, part of the Paulins Kill River Water Management Area.
I took the photo with the help of LightHawk for The Nature Conservancy's New Jersey chapter this fall.