Beaver Ponds, Bogs and Fashion

Life is motion, a flow of energy, blood, oxygen, nutrients, neuronal signals, ideas, etc. Water is life; that is what people have used to say for millennia. It took me a while then to understand the ingenuity of a beaver’s actions of stopping the water flow in the Canadian Shield environments.
Beaver Pond in eastern region of Muskoka, Ontario
Beaver was hunted to the edge of extinction while serving as headgear, a fashion and a status statement for generations of Europeans. As for beaver, being alive back then didn’t represent any perceived value. Thankfully. the beaver population recovered when the fashion changed.

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Unlike us, the beaver is a solitary creature. As for us, the future doesn’t prove to be right or wrong. It will come, and we will see. For the living world, the future has always been now; it always mattered what was up in the air. The living world could only stay alive by controlling the atmospheric content, thus regulating the inflow and outflow of solar energy.

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I like to take a lonely trip in late fall and savour the conclusion of the season’s sonata. It’s reassuring that it is still in place, still playing as it always did. It doesn’t matter what has been stored for millions of years under the surface. The “future” is not mine, even if it’s bubbling up to the surface through the melting permafrost.
Morning at a bog in Orillia area of Ontario.
Like ghosts scattered around, out of public eyes and minds, these nature projects were put into motion hundreds of millions of years ago. This beauty above is only one hundred kilometers from Toronto City Hall as crow fly. Who in there cares about it?