The Beaver Dam

Sal  loaded up her Rhino with paint, paper, and  palette and moved her studio down to the beaver dam.   By the time I walked down to join her, she had already completed the watercolor above.

Beaver dams are a natural disturbance that create a new wetland community and in certain areas are welcomed for the diversity of plants and wildlife that accompany the changes they bring.  The snags, hummocks, partly submerged logs and water create a diverse habitat for many creatures.  

It is a site that is constantly changing.  This year the beavers are back at the original site that we remember and have built a very large house.  Joe-Pye-Weed is in full bloom now and blends with the plumes of Goldenrod --both native species.   What  a beautiful place to be on this high summer afternoon.