Early morning fog unveils several surprises for visitors to the beaver pond.

 

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The gray veil hanging over the landscape make it look like the cover for a mystery novel.

 

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In the distance, Canada Geese move like ghosts on the water.

 

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The unusually warm temperatures have lured turtles out of their winter hibernation at the bottom of the pond. Space on partially submerged stumps and logs is highly prized, but a spot on the shore will do.

 

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It’s a bit jarring to see seedlings emerging at this time of year, when there’s little green to be found other than the moss that covers fallen trees.

 

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A squirrel looking for breakfast suddenly turns around and looks surprised to see me taking his picture. My presence must not worry him because he promptly returns to foraging.

 

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After awhile, the sun comes out and casts shadows on the leaf-strewn Beaver Pond Trail. Walking along the trail, I encounter a birder, fishermen, and a family of hikers.

 

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There’s even a group of people on horseback and muleback winding along the trail.

 

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As 2015 comes to a close, it’s good to see that the beaver dam is in good shape, still a rich resource for wildlife and people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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