Maple Swamp located in the Delaware National Forest of Pennsylvania is labeled a swamp on the maps. However, people who live in or near swamps prefer to cal them wetlands . In all four seasons they look different. I think they provide beautiful scenes in the autumn.
Winter comes quickly to the mountains. 40 miles away, the leaves have not yet hit peak color but here in the mountains the leaves are on the ground. You can see the shifting color and angle of the morning sun. The evening sunsets are cooler in color temperature but still brilliant to behold.
Wetlands is the new politically correct word for a swamp. Just sounds better doesn’t it? Wetlands in Pennsylvania are homes to bears, snakes and migratory birds and a valuable water source. In the autumn they take on a wonderful color like this spot in the Pocono Mountains. You can purchase a print of this image and see others on my commercial site by clicking here.
Pennsylvania is beautiful this time of year. This is Maple Ridge Drive in The Hemlock Farms Community in the Pocono Mountains of Pike County. Most of the roads in my neighborhood look like this in October but seem to post a warning, Winter is Coming!
Our house in the Pocono Mountains backs up to the Maple Swamp. I thought this sounded kind of bad when we moved there but this is a northern mountains swamp at an elevation of 1,600 feet not a lowland swamp. It doesn’t have quicksand and leeches that you may find in the south. Our swamps have hardwood trees, foxes,coyotes and bears and in the spring and autumn show the rainbow of colors that is our seasonal change.