Basking Beaver in the River

This weekend was extremely hot.  I was out early with the dog to try to get in a walk before we both melted.  As we passed a large outflow pipe, this beaver was floating on the river.  Not a ripple …

Beaver Breakfast

I’ve shifted my schedule to catch an earlier train and I’m seeing a slightly different slice of life on the trail in the morning.  This will change as the days shorten and the light disappears but it’s meant more animal …

Beaver Out of Water

I was walking home the other evening and saw a muskrat, which promptly got back in the water and swam downstream.  As I walked ahead, hoping to get a shot, I stopped and took aim on the water.  To my …

Human Markers

Humans feel the need to “improve” everything.  The latest improvement to the trails are kilometre markers, to help the many runners and bikers know how far they have gone.  They are carved tree trunks, by Jim Mencken, a chainsaw …

Flesh Wound

The beavers haven’t been visible for awhile.  The temperatures have been going up and down and so has the water level.  But I’ve noticed their tell-tale signs – teeth marks – on trees on the opposite side of the path …

Busy Beavers

This tree was chewed down overnight.  I was a bit surprised because, while there has been a bit of a thaw, I hadn’t expected to see the beavers out and about.  There were many small stumps within a hundred yards …

Fungus Stump

The beavers gnawed down this tree and now its covered with fungus.  The beavers have been busy this year so its hard to know if the stump is new this year or not.  I wonder how fast this sort of …

Close but No Cigar

Beavers leave the trees in various states after they have started chewing on them.  I’ve seen them barely scratched as well as well on their way.  This time, they had felled this tree and were now making it into smaller …

Flooded Out

We have had frigid temperatures followed by a sudden thaw and lots of rain.  The river flooded and was roaring by today.  It must have gone up a foot or more.  There were no ducks or geese on the water …

Teeth Marks

The beavers have been chewing through trees all along the river.  There was one very sad attempt by the local government to wrap the trunk of a half-chewed tree with metal mesh.  But there are trees that are ready to …