It was one of those mornings when I woke up way too early. After staring at the ceiling fan and listening to DH snore for a while I gave up and got up and went for a walk down by Nature Park Pond. I took a bag of old dry bread to feed the ducks. However, the ducks had been enjoying a bounty of bread benevolence and weren’t interested in my breakfast donation. I sat there for a while enjoying the sunrise.
Then this hairy thing swam carefully up to the shore.
While I sat there quietly a muskrat came to investigate the yummy smell.
Dry bread must have looked better to him than the minnows and waterbugs he’d been hunting.
He didn’t even care if there wasn’t any marmalade or raspberry jam.
Although he did take a few of the dry crusts down for a soak before he ate them.
He was so busy with his banquet that I was able to fumble out my cell phone and take a few photos even though he was just a few feet from where I sat.
When he’d eaten his fill he waddled back to the water on his little webbed feet.
Then casually swam away using that long scaly tail to propel him off to do whatever water rats do.
Click on the link below to see a video from another time I was sitting quietly by a pond trying to get a few pictures of birds. It was early spring and there was still snow in the shady places along the shore.
I heard an odd chirping sound and saw a family of otters, two young ones and a mamma playing in the water.