Monday, October 25, 2010

IF YOU THINK BEAVERS ARE CUTE...

Yesterday, we photographed the beaver damage closer to the house; it's just the beginning; they are stripping the woods up creek and across the creek.
 
The photos here show an example of girdling of large trees and healthy saplings, and the loss is extensive.
 
Worse, some of the trees are tall enough to land on our house (notice the windows of our house in the upper right of one of the photos.
 
A diverse and beautiful woodland has been turned into a mess that is expanding rapidly, and soon will be a mosquito bog as well, as the water levels rise behind the dam.
 
Why do wildlife people re-introduce certain species without also re-introducing the predators that keep them in balance?)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

OCTOBER'S BEAUTIES...

Here in our home in this valley, where October presents such a beautiful face, we can bask in the glow of the shadows of dew-laden mornings, seen from our east front windows as we sip morning coffee...
We can laze at our west-facing windows, mellowing out with the aging day as it  tosses its dying light to the creek below, burnishing tree trunks; highlighting the yellows of bottomland forest, turning the leaves into stained glass lit by the sun as it falls toward the horizon...
We can say goodnight to the day as it darkens to dusk and the sun sets red...
We are blessed to be living where we can watch the outdoors in its days and nights, through every season.