My First River Otter Sighting Ever in Springfield's Black RIver!
I was driving by the Fellows Gear Shaper building this morning, admiring the flock of Mallards that increases every year, and noticed that they had a visitor. I parked and shot out with my camera, in plenty of time to be sure that this was not a Beaver at all but a River Otter! He was waddling out of the water at the ice edge to get to the food that people drop to the Ducks, and rolled around whipping his fat tail - like an Otter.
He was apparently done with his visit. While I waited on the new bridge, I spoke with a fellow who had also been watching him with other patients and staff - from inside. I was told by this citizen witness, that the Otter had spent the last twenty minutes on the ice grooming himself and playing, and only marginally irritating the Ducks.
What a wonderful promise for the New Year, that the River is recovering nicely and that the animals are returning.
Springfield, Vermont- City of Lights, Official Home of the Simpsons, and Jewel of the Upper Valley
Visible from outer space, Springfield, Vermont, is a City of Lights, a veritable Garden of Delights, and it has the honor of having been voted "Official Home of the Simpsons"! What more can a town ask for? Potholes and broken pavements you ask? Heck, we have more than One Thousand And One Potholes, spread all along whole stretches of the public byways (which, potholes aside, in the Winter become more like random staircases then level roadways in places, reminding one of the hillside towns of the Cinque Terra). Yes, inexplicably, a fresh filling will indeed be witnessed now and then, but this is likely done mostly for effect and contrast, and to remind us of how interesting it is to patch patches, however patchily. And Truth be told, Springfield's Other Finest, the Public Works Department, can be seen zipping right along in good weather, repaving the worst stretches with alacrity and finesse, (in time for Winter to have yet more fun with cars). Visible desde el vacuo del espacio, Springfield, Vermont, es una ciudad de luces, es un verdadero Jardín Encantado - ¡además de tener el honor de haver sido elegido Sede Oficial de los Simpson! ¿Que más puede pedir una ciudad - calles en malas condiciones con mogollón de baches? ¡Eso si, baches tenemos tambien, y a montón! Pero hay que ver, que durante este Verano se han hecho maravillas reparando el calcado municipal.
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