All work and no play makes the beaver a dull mammal - to paraphrase that well known proverb.
I was fortunate to catch this beaver coming out of the lodge (two had already headed further down into the pond) and swimming back to the shoreline, before twilight.
His/her first intention, I think, was to follow its family members further down but changed its mind and swam back to sample the greenery on the nearby shore. Thank you, beaver!:) Perhaps, a quick snack before the serious beaver business began.
And that is all he/she did for approximately 15 minutes and then swam off, to explore the far reaches of the water.
PHOTO #1 - "I SMELL YUMMY GREENERY"
PHOTO #2 - "AND WE'RE OFF"
PHOTO #3 - "IT MAY BE JUST FACIAL MARKINGS BUT I WOULD SWEAR THIS BEAVER IS SMILING"
PHOTO #4 - "AND DOESN'T THIS BEAVER HAVE THE MOST GORGEOUS TAIL!"