My exploration of Fort Frederick State Park’s beaver pond begins with the subject encased in ice.
Low-angle sun lights up the wooded shore. A stillness and silence give the impression that time itself is frozen.
Many of the pond’s inhabitants are slumbering at the bottom of the pond. But, some animals are still active.
Here, a fresh gash in a tree documents recent beaver activity.
There, I hear the tap-tapping of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in a tree.
The sapsucker turns its back, revealing a color pattern that resembles lacy shawl.
On the naked branches of a sycamore, a seed ball dangles like the ringer of a bell waiting to be rung.