Another rodent

The muskrats have been sitting on the ice for the past two weeks, taking frequent dips to find more food, then coming up to nibble it down.

One doesn't expect such elegance from the common cattail.

Cattails, and aspen: Two of the most common plant species on the face of the earth. (There are about 8 time zones worth of both plants in Siberia.) And still, both are beautiful.