Friday, March 16, 2007

Photo Hunters: Drink



Cat Drink
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Duquette Flats (part of Barton Mtn is on the right and
my house is under the mountain but can't be seen)


When the cats live in the woods in spring, summer and fall, they drink wild water. One of the wild waters here is May Pond Brook. It comes from May Pond behind the ridge to the south of me and flows through the meadow on the other side of my road directly across from my house. This meadow/wetland is called Duquette Flats after two bachelor brothers that owned and farmed the land decades ago.

There used to be a large hay field there but about twenty to thirty years ago the beaver moved in. Beaver are protected, so the farmers lost their field but I have a wonderful wetlands now. Besides beaver, I see herons, eagles, hawks, cranes, ducks, geese, snipe, moose, deer, coyote, mink, fishers, woodchucks, and my favorite, otters! It is a wonderland of life. In the spring you actually can't hear your radio inside the house because of the spring peepers. Those are my favorite nights with their promise of the perfect summer that is soon coming.

Flowers in May on a tree that hangs over May Pond Brook.

In the photo below you can see part of the flume. A flume is not a waterfall, where water falls freely over a rock ledge. On a flume, the water slides over a huge boulder or ledge as it flows downhill. You can slide down a flume, and kids here do so! They also dam up the brook behind the flume to create a swimming hole in the cool woods. All this is within walking distance through the woods near my house.

The top of the flume during an autumn dry spell. The Lowell Range of the Green Mountains is in the far far background.

There are gentle rapids at the top of the ledge for
us that are too old to go sliding down rough rock!

We followed the brook up to May Pond one spring and one autumn and found other beaver dams. You can see the drowned trees in the far background in this photo:


Further upstream we found another dam!


We had to walk way around the beaver ponds:

The brook is so tranquil and clear:


The problem with these beautiful wild waters is giardia, or, as we call it here: beaver fever! It is an intestinal parasite that causes . . . well, you can imagine what it causes! And the cats come home most autumns with beaver fever. After treatment from the vet (only pills are needed to cure it), they are ready to stay in for the winter!

Don't drink wild water unless you test it for giardia first! There are pills you can carry to drop into the water to make it drinkable.

Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are having a great weekend (we are having another two feet of snow!)

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48 comments:

  1. What a great take on this week's theme! Beautiful pictures and thanks for the warning about he giardia - that doesn't sound like it would be good at all!

    We've got snow down here, too - ugh!!

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  2. What a beautiful set of pictures! I had some intestinal troubles once and heard about giardia -- though that's not what I had, I know I never want to get it!!

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  3. You're pictures are lovely. I am so jealous of where you live. Do you, perchance, have a spare room? :)

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  4. Beautiful

    I also learned something new. Beaver Fever. I would assume thats something to do with a beaver being sick... so you taught me something.

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  5. Beautiful photos! I wish we had areas like that closer to us.

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  6. You are so lucky to live near there. What wonderful wildlife you get to see. I would love to see all of them. I don't think I would miss the Beaver Fever. That must get expensive with the vet, yikes!!! The water flume sounds like a lot of fun, too. Have a great weekend.

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  7. What a lovely place ! You are really lucky to have such a wildlife around you ! Would be something for Pookie (to hunt) and Arthur to make new friends ! I think he would love an otter and probably think that a beaver is another cat breed !

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  8. Wonderful narration of the photos. I felt like I was there. I especially love the shot of the white flowers. Just beautiful!

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  9. Giardia is a nasty parasite and a problem in the water out in Colorado as well. This is a lovely area and I bet the kids really have fun on that natural "Slip 'n Slide."

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  10. What an interesting take on this week's theme! very informative, thanks! And beautiful, peaceful pictures, just lovely.
    happy hunt!

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  11. We are having snow, too. It's PERFECT for sledding, but this weekend I was hoping for a walk along the shore...oh well. I'm yearning for spring, and your pictures made me wish for it even more. =)

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  12. Now this is an entirely different take on the theme! Beauuuuutiful pictures! Too bad about that beaver fever though.... how sad!

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  13. Wow, those are awesome photos! I would love to come visit there. It is so beautiful and looks so peaceful. Thanks for posting.
    I'll have a sip!

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  14. Beautiful place, and lots and lots to drink!
    Happy St. Patricks Day!

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  15. Beautiful photos! :) Wonderful take on this week's theme. I'm glad I'm an indoor cat, so I don't have to worry about giardia!

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  16. Very original :) And beautiful pictures!!

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  17. Whew! Reading this post made me want to move to Vermont! I love the idea of sliding down the river. Sounds like so much fun. Now, Beaver Fever, not so much!

    take care,
    Amy

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  18. Very original interpretation of the theme! It looks like a beautiful area. I wish I had all that within walking distance of my house :o)

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  19. Beautiful pictures. Great photos for today's theme. Thanks for stopping by.

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  20. Great photos.
    The Shamrock Shake tastes like mint.
    Thanks for stopping by.

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  21. Oh i am so jealous!!!! What a beautiful place.
    I would love any pictures of beavers and where they live, as i am a assistant beaver leader (no laughing!) its the 6-8 years old division of the scouts in the UK and i want to do a project with kids on real beavers.
    Thanks for the lovely comment about my Grandma.
    Toodle Pip.

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  22. That is a beautiful pond and yes lots of water to drink.
    Thanks for the visit.

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  23. Oh WOW! What a beautiful area!!! You should open a meditational sanctuary there.. it looks so peaceful :)

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  24. Those are some very beautiful pictures! I think I would like to drink wild water, but I would be scairt of the giardia.

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  25. Spectacular photos. It must be wonderful to feel so close to nature.

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  26. Wow, very creative use of the theme and awesome photos. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for sharing the story as well as the photos.

    :-)

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  27. Great pictures. It reminds me of some places I used to go hiking. Very peaceful and relaxing!

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  28. beautiful place!
    ... and all within walking distance from your house...lucky you! :)

    happy weekend!

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  29. Beautiful pictures!! Thanks for the tip on giardia!

    Happy Saturday!

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  30. Wow what a beautiful collection of pictures. I can only imagine how much more wonderful it must be in person! And thanks for the tip about not drinking wild water!

    Very nice choice for The Hunt. Thanks for dropping by for a visit.

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  31. You have an absolutely awesome collection of pictures for today's theme.

    Great pics

    H/H
    Happy Hunting

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  32. Beautiful pictures! It must be wonderful to live in such a beautiful place!

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  33. Wow! What a beautiful view you have! How awesome.

    Thanks for visiting!

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  34. Wild Water for Wild animals! :) Great shots.

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  35. Awesome photos! I wouldn't drink any of that, though. LOL.

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  36. WOW - what gorgeous photos!!!

    Have a good weekend.

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  37. Those photos are wonderful. I am very impressed and I must say jealous of how gorgeous your own back yard is.

    Two foot more snow, now way. We just lost ours. I hope you have lots of sun to help melt the new snow. Have a great weekend.

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  38. Beautiful beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing the beauty that is around you.

    Wishing you happy days ahead

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  39. Love all of your pictures...I feel like I've been on a hike with you :)
    Never heard of beaver fever!
    Thanks for visiting today and I hope you have a great weekend :)

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  40. I love water pictures! Yours are just beautiful!
    Have a happy weekend
    L

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  41. what beautiful photos! You have captured the entire drink of this little wild water! awesome! thanks for visiting me today

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  42. Beautiful photographs. They are absolutely amazing :)

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  43. Very beautiful photos! Nature is a beautiful thing, and you've captured that nicely.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great weekend and enjoy that snow!

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  44. Amazing how the nature works! All that variety springing up after a beaver moving in!

    Thanks for stopping by :)

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  45. Very, very nice photos. Fortunately we don't have that problem around here, but we don't have cats either.

    Thanks for visiting My Photo Blog

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  46. Those are very beautiful photos!

    Thanks for stopping by. :)

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