It’s a Muskrat in a Steaming Stream

January 21, 2019Photography, Wildlife
Muskrat in a Steaming Stream - Grand Tetons

I’m going to change the scene up a bit….. It was the day before we had the big snowstorm, that’s still continuing today, and the adventure went a little something like this:

My wife and I were in my favorite spot, right next to the city of Kelly, and we happened to drive by a majestic steaming creek. Or, perhaps it was a spring, as its naturally warm water had steam gently rising from it; against the contrasting cold atmosphere.

As we were taking in the beauty of it all, my wife noticed a muskrat swimming through the crystal clear waters.
At first we thought it was a small otter, but we were corrected and told it was a muskrat.

So that means I still get to photograph an otter!

Due to the steam that was being emitted from the river, I had to get up close and personal to get a crisp photo. This made things even harder because this guy would scramble off at any movement. It was very perceptive to any subtle sound, even a car driving by.

So I built a snow barrier between me and muskrat so that he could not see me, even though he was looking right at me in this photo.

Every time I hit the shutter on my camera he could hear it and scurry right back into his home.

Finally I got a shot in!

The muskrat is a large rodent that is about a foot to two feet long. It has a stocky body, a rounded head and a long, scaly black tail that is 7 to 12 inches long. Its tail is laterally flattened, that means it is flattened vertically! Its tail works like a rudder and helps the muskrat maneuver in the water!

Author Packy Savvenas

There's a raging 180 IQ behind every pretty picture I've edited, designed and developed. I want to take the best photo you have ever taken for any occasion. Over the years this is what I have become the most passionate about. “Your digital footprint is more than just another picture or selfie, it’s your legacy it will be carried on through the ages. This is what you are leaving behind – your story, your moment, and you will want it to be remembered and admired for decades to come.” Packy Savvenas

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