The pond was as calm as can be, the sun was shining and we had the whole pond to ourselves.
Well... almost to ourselves.
At first, from a distance I thought this fellow was a muskrat, but when we got closer and witnessed him getting out of the water and grab a branch, we knew he was positively a beaver! I don't know if it was a him, so I will just call it a him!
He was very comfortable around us, and let us follow him for about two hours. Fortunately, I had my cell phone with! I am not brave enough to bring my fancy camera on the kayak with me. The photos could be clearer, but this is the best that I have.
I kept imagining the beaver getting angry with us and swimming under the kayaks and flipping them on us! Of course, that didn't happen, he was more interested in the luscious branches and berries than us. We were able to get so close that if we had extended our paddles,we could have touched the beaver!
Here is a video of him chomping down.
My son was lounging on the kayak with his feet dangling over the edge. The beaver silently swam over to him and they had a stare down, face to face, about half of a metre away from each other! What a character!
The sun began to get ready for bed, and it was time for us to depart. We said good night to the beaver and off we ventured home! What a magical sky! All kinds of mythical creatures appeared.
It was positively another wonderful magical summer night!