1 Jordan Pond at 7AM is a beautiful sight. This is the overflow dam at the south end of the pond. The hike is around the perimeter of this spectacular fresh water reservoir, which serves as the water supply for the village of Seal Harbor.
2 Looking north, one can see the Bubbles, which are two high hills, as one starts the hike around the west side of the pond.
3 On the western side of the pond, there is primarily a boardwalk and is slightly more difficult to walk upon than the eastern side, which is flat and gravelly. Both sides are beautiful to explore.
4 The boards were put in place to protect the delicate ecosystem of the woodland floor, such as the roots of the trees, and the emerging seedlings. All would be damaged by the tremendous amount of foot traffic on this very popular hike.
5 This is why I try to be the first one out in the morning. There is much wildlife to see, like this wonderful loon. Much of the wildlife disappears as the crowds grow in numbers on the trails during the day.
6 Loons are one of the most beautiful water birds that have striking black and white patterned plumage during summer, fading to gray in winter. They are excellent swimmers both above and beneath the water, which is where they hunt for food, eating mainly fish.
7 It had rained all the previous day before my hike on Jordan Pond and there was an absolute plethora of fine spider webs everywhere along the trail, covered with droplets of water.
8 I decided to take photos of the prettiest webs.
9 It was strange that with so many spider webs, I didn't see a single spider! This type of web is known as an orb web.
10 The view from the north end of the pond looking south is very serene. From this vantage point, one can sometimes have a view of beavers, busy at work.
11 It was a bit like a movie set on the trail - sun rays beaming, loons calling, water lapping the shores gently, and not another soul in sight or earshot.
12 I encountered another spider web and I had to walk off the trail a bit so as to not disturb the work of the spiders.
13 This was a very well balanced, round spider web.
14 Spider webs are typically twenty times the size of the spider building it. The bigger the web, the bigger the spider!
15 There is a very large web in this photo, although being quite delicate, it is difficult to see.
16 These spiders seem to like the juniper and cedar trees to support their web weaving.
17 Although, beech and birch are also common backdrops.
18 Nothing caught yet.
19 And then, I finally saw an industrious beaver paddling calmly from south to north.
20 The beavers are very active on the north end of Jordan Pond, where they are gnawing down lots of trees along the edge of the pond to use in their building projects.
21 I called out and this beaver seemed to hear. He stuck up his head and listened, and then turned around and came very much closer to me. He even started nibbling some maple branches that were in the water at pond edge.
22 This is yet another beaver! I saw two on the hike.
23 This fellow was very curious and came right to shore where I was standing, with vegetation in its mouth. You can see the gnawed ends of the branches.
24 You can see this beaver's broad tail, which is used to propel through the water. They also slap their tails upon the water signaling other beavers that danger is near.