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 encounters, even with some bad light.  One of the beavers was busy with breakfast and …

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 surprise, a beaver had just emerged and was staring right at me.

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 wood carver.  They’re quite startling now, since the wood has been stained, I think, and signs …

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 from the river.  I have seen that before but they seem to be getting quite …

Spring is Here

First the fox.  Then the groundhog appeared.  Two nights in a row I’ve come across the beavers, busily gnawing and eating their way along the riverbanks.  If there were ever a sign of warm weather, surely it’s the mammals all coming out into the lengthening days.  We sometimes get a cold spell towards the end …

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 thing grows.