Have we ever had an autumn and early winter with so little sunlight? Perhaps, but with so many gray days and so little snow, one has to look a little harder for a glimpse of colour and glow while exploring the waterfront this season.
When the sun pokes out along the beach for a few minutes at sunrise or sunset it’s a treat.
But just as often the only light seems to emerge from the nearly-frozen water along the edges of the marsh.
When the sky is as wet as the mud and twigs underfoot, it falls to feathers to illuminate their scenes.
On this morning the beavers may be among those glad there’s just a dusting of snow – at least they don’t need to shovel their walks.
This route leads from the water’s edge to a favoured feeding site.
Though the beavers can make short work of a clump of trees, the next summer brings forth twice as many new shoots.
Closer to home, another rodent is grateful for our hard work in the garden. In early fall we had a nice crop of beets, but a few weeks later when we went to dig up our harvest the beets had all disappeared. The mystery was solved when we saw this adorable little varmint dig up a treasure from the lawn and scamper up a tree to eat, in what has become a daily performance.
Top photo: Afternoon Fog (click here for larger view)