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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

a winter walk by the beaver pond






Recently, my friend Lois came up for lunch and then we went for a walk at Mactaquac Provincial Park.  We parked in the parking lot by the highway and walked in the road to the trail around the beaver ponds.  The whole road is groomed for snowmobilers and is the main 'highway' across country to Nackawic and beyond.  It was easy walking as it's nice and packed down.



One of the beaver ponds.

An open spot in the ice.  See the turquoise pipe on the left?  There is water flowing up and out of it.  I'm not sure why or how.

I bought a 'hood' for my lens and this is what happened with this photo.  It was on for the other photos prior to this and didn't do this.  Can someone explain why this happened?  Maybe because it was a closer up shot.    We took this trail into the woods.  In the summer it is wheelchair accessible as it's level and compacted with fine crushed rock.

My good friend, Lois.

Would you like to have a seat?
You can see that many people have been on the trail lately and most recently a sled or toboggan has been pulled on it.



The trail comes out at the edge of the beaver pond which can be crossed on this footbridge.

Me, all bundled up in my down parka, hoodie and toque.

It was pretty in the woods with the sun filtering through the trees and not as cold as out in the open with the wind blowing.

The beavers have been busy gnawing away at this huge tree.  To see the perspective, the smaller trees are probably about 6 inches in diameter.  They've gnawed well into the trunk and if the wind doesn't take it down before spring they will probably be back in the summer to finish it off.  

I'll be back with some pictures of another tree the beavers tackled.

I hope you are having a great week!

Blessings,

Pamela


28 comments:

  1. How exciting to see the work the beavers have done, Pam! I love your down coat/jacket!!! Great color!!...:)JP

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  2. you look so cold ... looks like a fun walk. great exercise too!! beavers are weird creatures. we have this tree in our yard tha this probably over 8 feet tall & the top is suddenly gone? what happened? no clue ... but i know some times it is the deer or beavers. it is too tall for deer? but to beavers climb or do they only go for low limbs or trees? ( :

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  3. Good for you, walking in this weather! (You look cute :)
    Your pics are just gorgeous.
    Susan

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  4. Brrr. I'm wondering what my excuse is for not getting out to walk here with no snow on the ground. Good for you. The pictures are beautiful.

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  5. Looks like a beautiful winter day and wonderful place to walk and explore. The beaver certainly had fun with the tree!

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  6. I love these winter shots! The woods are beautiful! Nice foot bridge!

    Not to sound silly, but the first thing would be to make sure the hood you have is designed for the lens. Not all hoods work with all lenses. Wide angle lenses need specific hoods that don't interfere. If your hood is the flower petal type, meaning it has four separate flanges, make sure the two longer flanges are on the top and bottom. If your hood is specifically designed for your lens, you shouldn't get any vignetting at the corners. The exception would be if you're using a wide angle lens with a hood and the flash. The flash will often create vignetting when you use a hood on a wide angle lens.

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  7. IT looks so pretty! Hoque is a new word to me, maybe your cap!

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  8. Hi Pamela. You look so warm and cozy all bundled up in that pretty coat. What beautiful surroundings and such a peaceful place to walk in. Those beavers must have been starving!!. Beautiful photos as usual..Happy Wednesday..Judy

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous photos Pamela. You ladies look beautiful with all that winter white snow around you. Not sure what went on with that one photo. Weird. Stay warm. Carol

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  10. Loved the walk in the woods with you today. I saw that toboggan go by also,can't imagine what happened with thehood, not sure, and it wasn't on any other photo? Hum, strange, but I sort of like it. Try to re-create it to see what makes it happen. That would be a nice sitting bench just to stop, rest, watch the birds or the beavers, ha ha ha, I thought they always finished their jobs they started, I guess the beaver is a lot like me. I opened my beading box the other day and found I had 6 projects on the go. Oh boy, we are not very far in 3 days, lol. All these Antique shops and malls in Virginia are making it hard to get further North. At this speed it should take us 2 weeks to get to your neck of the woods.
    Cindy

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  11. Oh, what a great walk. Thanks for sharing, I haven't been out much lately!

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  12. Great winter scenes, Pamela (although I much rather see them on my screen than in person, thank you). While I enjoy a good blizzard as much as the next person, I have no qualms about trading that for a sweltering day at the beach - in February !

    Also enjoyed your 'Over the Hill' series (and we have lots of deer scat around our place up north).

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  13. Wonderful excursion on a bright winter's day. I love winter, but even if I didn't, I'd still go out and embrace it, I mean what other choice do we have? So nice to see you and your dear friend; I bet that trail was fun to walk on. Amazing how the beaver have gnawed through the tree trunk. (I bought some new x-c skis tonight, and your trail looks like a fantastic place to explore.)

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  14. A walk on a nice winter day is exhilarating. Each spring we wonder how many trees the beavers will take down at the arboretum, they can certainly work fast.
    That was an odd shot with the hood, I have no idea why your photo turned out this way.

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  15. It is great that there are places open so that you can still get out and about in the winter, in England everywhere seems to be shut in the winter. Looks as though you had a lovely time! Your photo with the lens hood looks lovely as it gives it a frame! xx

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  16. Looks very cold, must be a invigerfating walk. The woods are beautiful in the winter. Are the beavers very active in the winter?

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  17. Great day for a walk - loved seeing your photos. We still have winter here too, but not that much snow!

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  18. Beautiful place you have to go for a walk. Thanks for sharing your photo's.

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  19. Looks cold, but very pretty scenery to see on your walk! Our snow has finally melted with temps in the 50s. We had a thunderstorm last night. Crazy weather we're having this winter!

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  20. Beautiful pictures, Pamela! The one of the bench in the forest with all the tracks is my favourite; so enchanting and happy, knowing that people walk through these wonderful wintry woods! Thanks for sharing.

    Poppy

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  21. Pamela
    Your park looks like a wonderful place for a hike.
    It's good to have a special friend to visit as you walk.

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  22. Very nice.. The snow is lovely, too... In the pics, that is.. grin.. xo

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  23. Walking with a friend in the crisp air would be lovely. Winter is fine if one is dressed appropriately, as you are. You found lots of interesting sites along the way. Hope you're having a good week.

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  24. That looked like a cold, brrrrisk day. Thankfully, temps have moderated some to the point that tomorrow will bring rain. Rain! On top of all this snow! Maddening. Hope that the weather is good out your daughter's way.

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  25. I used to walk every week day with a friend...until she moved to Vancouver. I miss that!

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  26. Brrr...makes me shiver just to look at all that snow! It looks like a lovely place to walk and the gnawed tree was very interesting - never actually seen one like that.

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  27. It looks like it is still very cold back home. I don't mind walking the trails as long as a skidoo was by and packed it down making it easy to walk. Did you find the beaver ponds? I wonder what beavers do in the Wnter months, sleep. Take care

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  28. Oh, what a wonderful wintertime walk! I love that photo of the path through the forest and the bench. Gorgeous! Regarding the lens hood, did you get the specific hood for that particular lens? Lens hoods are not interchangeable, and you can't use generic ones. Perhaps you went too wide with your zoom lens, and then caught the edges of the hood. I've never seen it happen before with a hood that is made for a specific lens.

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