Sunday, February 10, 2008

Green Thumb Sunday - Beaver Lodge


Beaver Lodge for Green Thumb Sunday


a beaver home in a swamp




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For the last couple of weeks, I have been posting about a hike through a swamp, and about a tree that a beaver had gnawed down.

This will be the last post on the beaver, I promise.

The above image is of the beaver's house, or lodge.

It looks like a mass of sticks just piled together in the water, but there is really quite a network that he has built under the water that we can't see.

He places the trees just so, and the entrance to his home is nowhere near the lodge - it starts quite a ways from it - almost like a tunnel of sticks and trees under the water.

He builds several of these tunnels - it is always nice to have an escape route if needed.

Since this was out in the middle of the swamp, this was as close as I could get to it.

Many years ago I stood on top of a lodge that was built right next to a dam that a beaver had also built.

No camera at that time, but the underwater network he had built was amazing.

The "Busy as a beaver" saying takes on a whole new meaning after viewing all they accomplish with just their teeth and paws as tools!






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10 comments:

  1. Best part is no "Skeeters"..;-)

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  2. Oh thats nice shot and cool shot. TC

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  3. Well, I liked reading about the beaver as I've never seen one. I think they are fascinating. Happy GTS,
    Aiyana

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  4. Nice beaver.

    Fascinating indeed. And thanks for the visit! Haha and for the drop too. I'll give you back the favor

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  5. I've enjoyed all of your posts about the beavers and their works. If you have more, you have my encouragement to begin another round. ;-}

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  6. Kathy, beavers are cool, don't worry, love any of your photos, never got bored - beaver and no beaver, lol. Thanks for sharing, that must have been nice trip. Anna :)

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  7. Nature's best constructors...=) Lovely greens!

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  8. I've enjoyed your beaver series. Great shot!

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