The Quiet Pond
Soon the ice will leave the beaver ponds and the beavers will emerge after months of darkness. However, they must get to work quickly as there is much to do. Trees must be felled so they can eat and replenish their diminished fat stores from the long winter. Once they have stripped and eaten the bark from the felled-trees, they must haul them around to fortify the lodge and the dam. Indeed, the dam must be strengthened and repaired to hold all the water from the melting snow. In addition to trees, the industrious beavers will slowly push mud, rocks, and debris up onto the dam to clog up any trickles of water. Thus beaver ponds in spring are busy places and their residents can frequently be seen working. I had the pleasure to watch one pond on a warm, calm April evening a few years ago. I did not take many photographs as I was taking in the moment but I feel that the few I did take capture the serenity of that evening.