Title: Muskrat on Ice
Location & Date: Leslie Spit, Toronto | February, 2014
Camera Set-Up: Nikon D800 w/ Nikon 70-200 at 200mm and 1.4 teleconverter
Shutter Speed: 1/1250
Toronto’s Leslie Spit is the go-to urban wilderness for most nature-loving dwellers in this city, but in the summer it gets too crowded. The winter, however, leaves the park nearly empty and full of surprises to capture on camera. After a major snow storm in February 2014, Jill and I descended on the park in search of owls and beavers. While we caught a glimpse of a snowy and a great horned owl, the main event turned out to be this muskrat. As one of the lesser lights of the rodent family, I think it’s also one of the most under appreciated. Smaller than a beaver, it’s equally common to wetland areas around North America and equally as important to its home. I was lucky enough to juxtapose this muskrat against the bleak light and sheet of ice of the small pond where it dens.