Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A watery tale







The creek that runs down the ravine behind our house usually looks

like this.


Recently it started to look like this. What's going on? We haven't had rain to bring the creek up.


I think I know.


There's the culprit!


A beaver has moved into the neighborhood.


He's cute and the birds like the habitat he has created but he will destroy the few trees we have in the open area.
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26 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

That kind of situation can be a problem.

W. Latane Barton said...

That naughty beaver.... Hope he doesn't get all your trees.

Barb said...

Martha - what a great photo capture! I crossed at a beaver dam this morning when I was snowshoeing in Breckenridge. I thought of an acquaintance who carried her bike across a dam in the summer - the beaver came out & bit her! Guess he didn't like the intrusion.
Have a great trip to Yosemite. Will there still be snow? Take lots of pics. We were there briefly 3 years ago in August - my first visit. It was very busy.

Rinkly Rimes said...

They're clever creatures but I believe they can cause havoc.

bettyl said...

That's such a cute 'problem' to have!

ewok1993 said...

Oh what a cutie. I wonder if you heard about the beavers living in the city of Martinez. Anyway, keep us posted on the goings-on around the backyard.

Pam said...

What a unique way to enjoy a Watery Wednesday. Thanks for the adventure. Great photos!

Martha (FL) said...

How cute is he? Great pictures!
Mine is here.

Ebie said...

The last photo is cute!

2sweetnsaxy said...

I love this! :-) How great that the beaver gave you a little more water to look at. LOL!

Tricia said...

Great series of shots - he's a cutie

kayleen said...

A wonderful series of photos. How fortunate you were to get photos of the beaver. You are correct that they are considerably larger than my muskrat. One resource I read today said muskrats are less than 10% as heavy as a beaver. Thanks for stopping by.

Natural Moments said...

I like the new look. The beaver got paid for his work in trees. :)

Tash said...

He is really amazing. What a great photo essay. It there a way to protect the trees?
We have squirrels where the only danger is getting a stripped pinecone dropped on one's head. Our dog can sniff them out even 50 feet up a tree & will wait & wait until she spots them.
BTW - so glad you liked the photos of downtown LA & thanks for sharing the memories.

Linnea W said...

That is incredible. What a difference a beaver can make! Great shots...

The Yothers said...

Beautiful series of shots. The beaver looks sooo cute. I love this post. So neat and cute and very pretty.

Tess (life is beautiful)

Tulip said...

love your creek there and that cute beaver enjoying his bath. so cute!

Diane C. said...

Beautiful photos. Wonderful that you have an open area with a creek where you can enjoy natural events such as this one.

Lisa Wilson said...

Awww, what great photos!

Shey said...

Nice close-up shots! Thanks for sharing.

Bim said...

Great to see the before and after! The beaver looks very cute...I guess you had better plant lots of trees fast :)

VALKYRIEN said...

Seems like you have a little bit of a flooding yourself! But another reason for it, than the flood on my shots! Great shots - I specially enjoyd the little fellow on the last photo! He is adorable, and it seems he has done a good job!

Thanks for stopping by!

Rita said...

Beautiful pictures and a mystery solved!

storyteller said...

Interesting photo series ... and mystery solved.
Hugs and blessings,

Glennis said...

Ohh a beaver, we don't have these creatures in New Zealand, he looks rather like an otter - we don't have them either, pity he will fell all your trees to dam the stream, but he might bring a small family up within the dam he creates. That would be nice.
He is so cute.

EcoRover said...

Beaver are hard to live with when we move into their habitat, or they move back into what they lost so many years ago. Over time, the pond fills and the aspens grow back. But in human time, it's "devastating" when the Castor family moves in...