A Beaver Dam in the Backyard

Christmas on the east coast was incredibly warm this year. While visiting family in the Adirondacks, I was told that they had a beaver dam deep in the backyard. So I went out there to check it out on two separate occasions. The first day was very cloudy and we briefly saw a beaver, but it spooked before I could get a shot and never resurfaced. The next day was filled with sunshine and no beavers. The dogs loved running around though, and might have contributed to the lack of beavers. Here are the images I got of the area.

Dad took that tree down, not a beaver.

Dad took that tree down, not a beaver.

An abandoned tree the beavers started on.

An abandoned tree the beavers started on.

They do a heck of a job.

They do a heck of a job.

Look at all the trees they've felled.

Look at all the trees they’ve felled.

One of the dams.

One of the dams.

This water didn't use to be here.

This water didn’t use to be here.

Close up of their work.

Close up of their work.

Coming up on their home.

Coming up on their home.

A close view of their house.

A close view of their house.

Looking for entrances, but none are visible.

Looking for entrances, but none are visible.

Dam # 2 and the pond it created.

Dam # 2 and the pond it created.

It's a very long dam.

It’s a very long dam.

Close up on the dam.

Close up on the dam.

We caught it working briefly up by the red leaves, before it quickly dove back under.

We caught it working briefly up by the red leaves, before it quickly dove back under.

Colors reflected in the water.

Colors reflected in the water.

Logs in the water.

Logs in the water.

This water is from their work.

This water is from their work.

A sunnier day by the dam.

A sunnier day by the dam.

A nice view of the dam and a stump.

A nice view of the dam and a stump.

The reflective beaver pond.

The reflective beaver pond.

A very still pond.

A very still pond.

The sun is setting.

The sun is setting.

A better reflection of the sun.

A better reflection of the sun.

They dragged that tree there.

They dragged that tree there.

Reflection in the water.

Reflection in the water.

Close up of the dam.

Close up of the dam.

Next week: various stumps and felled trees seen on our walk (lots of moss and growth too).

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About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel XS with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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