Last weekend I went for a little walk through the East Village and into Inglewood along the the riverside. On my way back downtown I walked by this little pond and immediately pictured this photo in my mind. At the time there was a bit of wind and the water wasn’t quite still, but I imagined with the right weather and time of night a good picture was to be had. I went back a few days later when there wasn’t a lot of wind.
When I showed up to shoot the photo the pond was rather still and I was excited. As I made my way down the embankment to get the right spot for the reflection I wanted I heard some splashing. I stopped setting up and watched the pond for a moment to see what was going on. To my surprise more splashing started to occur and then I saw something swimming around, it was a beaver! Although I found this little beaver to be quite amusing and fun to see, now was not the time. The beaver was creating a lot of unwanted ripples in the water. Also the night was falling fast and my window of opportunity was slipping away for the sky I wanted for my picture. So naturally I decided the best course of action would be to try and reason with this non-english speaking animal haha. “Hey beaver, can you please stop swimming and splashing! I only go so much time to get this shot”. Now as ridiculous as that sounds (a grown man in the dead of night talking to a beaver in a pond), it seemed to have worked. He swam around for another few minutes and finally decided to listen to reason and let me shoot my photo.