Sharing the moment
A beaver and muskrat share a moment above the rising spring flood waters of Big Lake and the Sturgeon River
Post Coital embrace
Muskrats completing their spring ritual on ice in the Sturgeon River near Big Lake
How babies are made
Muskrats showing how its done on the Sturgeon River near Big Lake in St Albert
A squirrel poses in the woods south of Big Lake
Beavers join together for a late evening meal of fresh dogwood leaves in the Sturgeon River
Dinner for two
A late evening dinner for two in the self-serve fresh food restaurant otherwise known as the Sturgeon River.
Sifting through the duck weed in J Poole wetland, St. Albert
Beaver in the Sturgeon River
In the falling light at sunset a beaver swims near its cache of canola taken from a nearby field in Sturgeon County
A muskrat chews on a root in the J Poole wetland
The eyes have it
A beaver's head is reflected in the smooth waters of Nadeau Pond near Big Lake
In the shade of late evening I surprised a beaver on the opposite bank of the Sturgeon River, it quickly slides into the water and swims off, but takes care to take its hard earned tee branch with it.
A beaver enters the Sturgeon River at dusk
On the move
This snowshoe hare moved slow enough through the underbrush for me to get some close up photos
Usually quick to scurry into the underbrush this Snowshoe Hare decided to take a closer look at what was blundering through the bush, so after many years of trying I finally got a half decent shot.
A muskrat swims through reflections of fall foliage in the J Poole wetland near Big Lake
A muskrat in the early morning sun at the J Poole wetland near Big Lake
Taken at the J Poole wetland, Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park
All in a days work
Illuminated by the late evening sun, a beaver harvests a willow from the bank of Big Lake and tows it back to its lodge on the bank of the Sturgeon River
A muskrat swims into the scene
Taken from the Big Lake viewing platform
J Poole Wetland
Taking breakfast in the J Poole Wetland
A young squirrel's curiosity overcomes any fear it may have had to give the photographer a really good look.