Beaver Dam-Age : A short photo exploration

Often associated with Canada, the beaver is very common here in northern Minnesota as well. The speed at which they can create their own habitat is fascinating and this fall I had a chance to make a few images of some local beaver activity.

While I was wandering around the edges of this newly expanding beaver swamp I could hear him nearby. He wouldn’t show himself, opting to hide in the tall grasses of the swamp he had made his home. But he certainly wasn’t thrilled I was there.

I had driven by this spot the previous weekend, out exploring familiar back roads, and noticed a single tree had been knocked down.

Now returning just one week later he must have had 30 trees downed and I could see the top of his newly construction mansion peeking above the tall swaying grasses of the swamp.

Normally I wouldn’t stop and explore the beaver logging camp, but the light kept doing interesting things as it was fairly overcast but the high clouds kept spilling some soft directional light across the scene. Not to mention I really wanted to play with my newly acquired Fuji XF14mm wide angle lens.

There were times the light popped out enough where it almost looked like I had lugged a bunch of strobes out in the woods, so I was happy to keep exploring visually.

Of course I did find a few interesting little mushrooms that were enjoying some of that fantastic moody light, so couldn’t resist making a few mushroom portraits before I left!

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