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 the kayak closer to the lodge to check for activity. It didn’t take long until I was able to see 3 beavers actively swimming around the area. Enjoy some of the images I made while kayaking the cold, foggy waters!
In these first 2 images, an adult beaver can be seen chewing on a branch. You can see his lodge, immediately behind him/her. Beavers must constantly chew to keep their front incisors at a manageable length … inactivity will cause the teeth to overgrow their mouth!
The above 2 images were made about 15 minutes before sunrise, in a heavy fog. Almost 30 minutes later, to the minute, one of the juvenile beavers was captured in some sweet, golden light as he/she swam about in front of the lodge, and keeping an eye on me:
A short time later, the sweet light was gone. But the juvie still swam about:
I then headed “Rubber Ducky” back toward the launch area, loaded up and headed back home to warm up and grab a cup of hot coffee! If the temps don’t get much colder, I will make a few return trips to check on my friends before the water freezes.
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