These photos were taken back in the winter at one of our favorite haunts, Huntley Meadows Park and I have shared it before. Come to think of it, we haven't been there for a while. We're overdue. This photo of the wooden path over the marshy land is not mine but Gregg's. I love having his take on photos, he oftens sees things that I don't and he is a great spotter of things that my eyes miss.
When I took this photo of the fallen log it was a full sized photo but everything in the foreground came out a complete blur, so I cropped it off and this is the result. Cropping can be a useful tool in photography.
There are beaver at Huntley Meadows. We noticed certain areas were getting pretty dry and were told at the vistitors' center that the beavers were building dams and changing the landscape. Their way of dealing with that was to let nature take its course for a while. We saw signs of them like this small tree trunk on the right of my photo. You can see how neatly it had been nibbled to a point.
and the beaver lodge. In all the years we have been coming here we have never seen any of these wonderful animals. We know of course that we visit at the wrong time of the day but it takes a little longer to get out here and besides that, the park is closed in the early morning and always closes at dusk when they would probably be at their most active. We live in hope that one day there they will be but in the meantime there are many other beautiful things to see, and this keeps us going back year after year.
Now, back to Walney Pond. Do you see him? Who would have thought that after all this time we would find beavers in our own back yard, practically, or at least ten minutes away. A few months ago when we came at the end of the day we noticed the first signs of a beaver lodge, but at that time we didn't recognize it as such, said "No, can't be!".
On another visit we saw movement under the water and this funny little creature came up so fast right under our nose, saw us and did a double flip that would have done an Olympian swimmer proud, and with a sharp slap of that funny little tail, he was gone again. We were so surprised at this sudden appearance that I think our mouths dropped open. Then much to our delight we saw that not so little body swimming in the middle of the waterlily pads.....
This is the second set of photos I have shared of our friend here. We watched him dive numerous times, and eventually figured out that he was digging for the roots of the waterlily.
He brought one rather large root to the shallow part of the pond and began eating it not so far away.
I like this angle photo that Gregg took. We both had a great time taking photos of him.
We have seen him on four visits now, this was our last one at the end of July. It's time to go for another visit.
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