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Beavers See Daylight

4-17-15 beaver 281Imagine sharing dark, damp, cramped living quarters under pond ice with at least three other individuals for four to five months. Then imagine an increasing amount of light filtering through ice that is getting thinner and thinner. Finally the day comes when you are able to break through the ice and crawl out of the water onto land. The sudden brightness and heat provided by the sun, the availability of fresh vegetation to eat and the opportunity to thoroughly groom oneself in the open air must make an unimaginable sensory impact on a beaver in early spring.

Naturally Curious blog will have a brief hiatus until next Thursday, 4/23, so that a Naturally Curious Day by Day (my next adult book) chapter deadline can be met.

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11 responses

  1. Kathie Fiveash

    Mary, I have imagined this often, and always rejoice for the beavers in the spring. I have been going out to see them most days, and find them out long before dusk, enjoying swimming all around the lake, splatting their tails for no reason I can determine, and looking so peaceful and free. On another note, good luck with your deadline. I will miss you this week, along with many other readers. Thank you so much.

    April 17, 2015 at 8:55 am

  2. Irma Graf

    Kind of like how humans in our part of the world are feeling right now?

    April 17, 2015 at 9:02 am

  3. Kathryn

    Like being re-born!

    April 17, 2015 at 9:55 am

  4. laure

    Your last beaver comment is hysterical – just wonderful!!

    April 17, 2015 at 10:26 am

  5. Kathie Fiveash

    Also, great photo, and can’t ait top read your new book!

    April 17, 2015 at 11:12 am

  6. Yay for the new book! And yay for the beavers–I imagine if they had champagne they’d be breaking out out right now, singing and dancing. I know that’s how I feel. 🙂

    April 17, 2015 at 11:35 am

  7. Helen Gingras

    This is one of your coolest posts..many thanks.
    We will miss you as you race towards your deadline!

    April 17, 2015 at 12:11 pm

  8. May it all go smoothly – no hair-pulling!

    April 17, 2015 at 7:58 pm

  9. They must be as delighted as I am!

    April 17, 2015 at 9:35 pm

  10. Wonderful perspective, hadn’t thought of emerging from long winter in a crowded lodge.
    What incredible new life it must give them!

    January 21, 2016 at 8:39 am

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