Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Focused Beaver

I've debated about whether I wanted to post this photograph. In spite of capturing my first sighting of a beaver meticulously gathering materials to build a dam in Rock Creek, the image makes me very sad. Look at the human debris around the beaver. The creek water and banks were littered with paper, plastic bottles and other trash. From a distance, the scene appeared serene and beautiful with white snow resting on the ground and tree branches. Upon closer inspection, however, you discover that the snow hid evidence of our contaminating presence in this beaver's neighborhood. The focused behavior of this beaver demonstrated how animals have  adapted to our destructive presence in their space and try to live with the waste we leave behind.

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