The Challenges Continue




A couple of weeks ago, I made an early morning hike to reach one of the beaver lodges I routinely kayaked to earlier this year. But water levels here are now not navigable … even when ice is not on the water, the water level is so low that it is impossible to navigate this […]

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High Activity




If you read yesterday’s post “Simple Beauty”, I mentioned kayaking to check out a local population of American Beavers (Castor canadensis). With this year’s drought conditions, the water level is really low. In fact, most of the beaver lodge is now above water! Well, after photographing the great foggy landscapes for a while, I paddled […]

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Fun Friday: Let’s Make A Deal




Do you want Door #1? … Or Door #2? … Or Door #3? Today’s post comes from my kayaking excursion that I made Wednesday morning. I was cruising a Missouri waterway, looking for beaver activity as they prepare for the upcoming winter. However, I did not expect to find this scene, the young buck standing […]

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Fun Friday: Night Construction




Today’s Fun Friday post comes from a lake at a nearby Missouri Conservation Area. As anyone who has been following me for a while knows, one of my favorite photography subjects is the American Beaver (Castor canadensis), shot from my kayak. Today’s post is of some recent activity at one of the lodges. As we […]

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Leave it to Beaver, or …




(Originally posted March 2010) … “Anatomy of a Tail Slap”.  That’s what this post is all about.  I first found a couple of American Beaver (Castor canadensis) families last summer, while kayaking in a couple of different local Conservation Areas.  One of the things that has intrigued me is their powerful alarm system, the “tail slap”.  When […]

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The New House … and Things To Come!




Following up from my last post, about the beaver’s abandoned lodge, today’s post shows what I found when I decided to kayak the nearby lake. As I paddled back towards the back of the lake, away from where most of the fishing traffic occurs on the lake, I instantly saw this along the bank:   […]

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Abandoned Housing




As I recently noted in several of my blog posts, one of the beaver lodges I love kayaking to, is no longer inhabited by beavers. The reason … the water has essentially dried up, due to the Midwest’s drought of 2012. Located in west-central Missouri, we are in the “Exceptional” drought range of this year’s […]

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Morning in the Bells




I arrived late in the day at my initial destination of my recent Colorado Rockies trip … the Maroon Bells. First job was check-in, followed by pitching my tent … my “home” for the next 5 days:   The next morning (Day 2) I awoke early (with the help of my alarm clock) and drove […]

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Kayaking with the Beavers




Once again, I am now able to kayak with a local population of American Beavers (Castor canadensis). After having no luck at photographing the beavers at my favorite kayak area on Friday, yesterday morning I launched Rubber Ducky in the other area where I have had good luck in being with the oversized rodents. This […]

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Busy As A Beaver




On my recent kayak outings, I have noticed a lot of recent beaver activity. Several trees have been downed by these constant-gnawing rodents:         And in this next image, you can see recent activity on a standing tree. The tree is currently being “girdled”, which will eventually kill the tree. And a […]

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