Beaver (Two Photographs)
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This was the first beaver we saw in the 2015 season. Like most beavers its paddle shaped tail is hidden and I for one can vouch for the challenge of photographing them with their tails in plain sight. In the first shot you can see the orange enamel of the beaver’s incisors, that enamel is rich in iron. Their teeth grow throughout their lives and they must eat if only to keep them from getting too large and curling back, and creating an existential problem for the beaver. In these shots the beaver is eating a layer between the bark and the heart of the branch it is holding. Where this was taken you can see a lot of the yellow and brown torpedo shaped remnants of its feasts floating in the lake.