Amazing Beaver Sighting

This is an old post from Yesler Swamp. I’m afraid the beavers who live on our swamp are in trouble. It is mid-winter in Minnesota and they were out cutting down trees last night. We had a very early snowfall in November and they seemed slow to be building up their winter stores all summer. So we wondered. It is a winter too mild.

Yesler Swamp Trail

Lewis Johnson was lucky enough to catch a photo of a beaver swimming in Yesler Swamp. Here’s his story and the extraordinary pictures Lewis shared with us:

On September 28, I searched for the Barred Owl in the swamp near dusk. After traversing the back trail through Sidles Swamp, I wandered out along the west branch of the loop trail to the lagoon and was greeted by the tail-slap of a startled beaver. They’re often wary, sometimes the clicking of a camera shutter alone is enough to send one diving for cover. After a few minutes of waiting and photographing reflected light from the sunset, they re-emerged. I quietly snuck into the cattails while the beavers were near the entrance to the lagoon, hoping to catch them with sunset light in the background.

As three beavers foraged in the distance, I set up such that only my lens was easily…

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dream of a seed…having seen one in my mind something new and unbegun, but about to become

dream of a seed

swamp milk weed curl

swamp milk weed curl


Drunken trees: Dramatic signs of climate change

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taken near the Northern Lights

Steam Punk Frigid