Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Relocating the Beaver
From time to time you could see mallards, Canada geese, and swans in the water, and I once saw a bear getting a drink over there.
In the fall and winter, the pond froze over. One of the best parts was the reflection of the sky and mountains that filled the view. Eventually a spring storm (or VDOT, since the dam was very close to a state road) tore the dam down - exposing the whole infrastructure for analysis and learning, which you can follow if you like by clicking on the "beaver dam" label below.
On Sunday, Sally and Dan invited us over for a walk through the woods around their place. From the patio, you could see the familar reflection of a growing beaver pond back there - and as we went down the hillside to the hollow, sure enough, gnawed saplings was a sign of the beavers at work.
Closer to the pond, there are more of these stumps - some of them quite large.
It was partially frozen over, so Latte, the black lab with us, went out to explore, bounding from ice floe to floe and skipping through the shallow water tracking whatever scent came to him. He was a happy dog and fun to watch.
Come spring, the thaws and rains will probably wash this structure away.