I sat at one of the built-in benches along the shoreline trail at Billings Park. The lack of wind made me investigate reflections in the inlet between the main point of Billings Park and Girl Scout Point.
A trio of guys fished from the small bridge to the tiny island, but quickly left after I sat down nearby with my camera. I was hoping for some kayakers to paddle by or someone to fish from the point in front of me. No such luck. But I was happy to enjoy the sounds of nature and the warm, windless weather.
Off to my left a loud noise interrupted my tranquil rest. The size of the ripples made me think a huge fish may have jumped out of the water. But that sound was too loud to be a fish.
Moments later, I saw a small head emerge from the water with little bumps for ears and beady eyes swimming in my direction. It swam right past me and crawled onto the point I was hoping a fisherman would have utilized. Once it was fully out, I saw its tail. It was a beaver.
I was careful not to move and it didn't appear to be bothered by the sound of my camera. It swam around nearby for about five minutes, slapping its tail, going underwater, then popping up in a new spot. It was playing a fun little game of hide and seek and was a nice little surprise on a Tuesday night.
Jed Carlson is the Telegram photographer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.