I was talking to my mother last night after my Jiu-Jitsu class, trying to explain to her how cool the woods were in the rear of the property. I said, “Yeah, there are tons of pines and maples and the water is so clear in the river.” It’s difficult to imagine, I’m sure, because you need to see something to get the vibe of it.
I told her about the beaver dams and how I was going to search for the hut one of these days. Little did I know, this morning I would venture out in the cold wind to do just that.
I didn’t give it any real sustained effort. I basically grabbed my camera and made the same walk Laura and I already made. Only this time, I took a few pictures along the way. There’s a lot to look at back there and taking these kinds of up-close photos is the best I could do with little to no planning. I did cover a few bases though. Bases such as the water, the types of pine trees that grow here and also a beaver dam or two. I’ll show you below.
I took this picture about twenty feet away from the water. I’m not sure why it’s so clear up here. Probably has something to do with no silt or something. Whatever the cause, I can’t get over the fact that I can see straight to the bottom of any stream or pond I find.
The beavers have been very active back in the river. Every time I visit the area, I see freshly chopped branches floating around. Also, it was windy and cold last night and icicles are forming in the beaver dam.
This is a little hideout I found along the river. For some reason, I thought of my friend Seth when I was crouched down under the trees last week. I crumbled up a few pine needles in my hand and man – what a strong pine scent. I’ll show him when he comes to visit. I’m not sure why I thought of him. I just think he’s interested in this kind of stuff.
This is a really nice part of the river where it splits and then comes back together, forming an island. There’s a beaver dam in front of and behind the island, creating higher levels of water than would normally be there.
Oddly enough, I found two stone walls back behind and adjacent to the property. It’s strange because up here in Maine, it’s not like Connecticut, where there’s a stone wall every two feet. To stumble upon one was like finding a needle in a haystack.
I was pretty excited when I walked past this pine tree laying on the ground. Laura and I have been discussing places to search for our Christmas tree this year. The reason for my excitement when finding this tree was that it looked like what we have in mind. The only problem is, it’s too early to bring inside. I suppose we can leave it there in the woods and then see if it has any life to it in a few weeks. If it does, we’ll drag it back to the house. The tree fell last night because of the wind. You can see the fallen top, the butt and the tall stump.
I took this picture while standing on the island between the two sections of river. I walked across one of the beaver dams to get there. It’s not a large island, but it’s fun to see the various sections of water around it.
There are so many things to take pictures of here, I figured I would throw this into the mix. I got this shot just before I stepped back onto the beaver dam to get back to the regular trail I had come in on. I thought it looked good, so I went for it.
When talking about the types of pine trees we had around here with my mother last night, I explained how we had cedar, hemlock, norway spruce and white pine. I decided to grab a few pictures of them this morning for a better illustration. I think they look good in the sun.
Well, there you have it folks. Just a short post about some random things I discovered during this morning’s walk. I’m sure I’ll come across so many more interesting areas, so I’ll keep on taking pictures and writing about them.