When my husband chose our house (see magic moments #4) he picked one that had tall trees and a river at the bottom of the garden. The boys and I were completely over the moon, although for different reasons, they were excited about the possibilities for fishing in the summer and ice skating in winter when it freezes and I was excited about the wildlife the river attracts. Husband made a very good choice because I adore where I live and I’m often in awe of how beautiful it is here, It’s easy to get caught up in the mundane day to day part of life without taking a second to realise where you are and how stunning your surroundings are but I make the effort to walk around and see it all, I don’t mean just look at it I mean really see it, absorb it, marvel at it.
Discovering new creatures has been the most exciting and fascinating part of moving to a different continent and finding something new is still a regular occurrence. If I had a dollar for every time I looked out over the river and exclaimed ‘what the hell is that?!’ I’d be a rich woman! Only yesterday while out on a bike ride we could hear the strangest noises coming from some bulrushes only to discover they were huge bull frogs, I didn’t know they lived around here. On Thursday, while out cycling I got my first glimpse of a Snapping Turtle. Not the best pic because of the bulrushes but you can just about make it out basking on the log.
I spend a lot of my free time on the deck at the back of the house that overlooks the garden and river to see what wanders/swims by. A few weeks ago I got the magic moment I’d been waiting for… A pair of beaver sitting on the riverbank right at the bottom of the garden. Again, I apologise for the quality of the photo but I was so excited I couldn’t think what settings to put the camera on! An animal that is quintessentially Canadian, in the wild, where I live, MAGIC!