A Happy Little Muskrat at Sibbald Meadows Pond

For the best viewing experience, I highly recommend watching in full screen mode.

Our Little Muskrat Friend

Sibbald Meadows Pond, in Kananaskis Country, Alberta, is a beautiful little mountain pond, home to frogs, trout, wild waterfowl and our happy little muskrat friend. This short video is a collaborative project done with my partner—I shot one short video clip and he shot the rest over several visits to Sibbald Meadows Pond (see my previous post, A Summer Oasis: Sibbald Meadows Pond).

My partner gets all the credit for many patient hours of sitting quietly, watching and waiting for our little friend to emerge from his bank burrow. I did the video uploading, sorted through the footage to select the best bits and found the fun music by Rimsky. We did the story-boarding and draft editing together and my partner did all the fine-tuning and video rendering. We love working together.

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The patient cinematographer.

For more information about muskrats, see Hinterland Who’s Who.

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Sibbald Meadows Pond, Kananaskis Country, Alberta

 


A Happy Little Muskrat
video © 2012 madlyinlovewithlife
Shot in full high-definition video with a Canon Vixia HF G10.
Edited using Vegas Video.
Music: Popcorn Stories” by Rimsky, from Premiumbeat.com  (Royalty-free music).

 

Image Credits:

Waiting for Muskrat; © 2014 madlyinlovewithlife
Sibbald Meadows Pond; © 2014 madlyinlovewithlife

15 thoughts on “A Happy Little Muskrat at Sibbald Meadows Pond

  1. I enjoyed this video so very much. I can imagine how much real time must have been spent waiting on the muskrat, for this animal is not super active above the water or earth’s surface. I loved seeing how far he went for the grass. Thank you!

    • Thanks, Jet! And yes, you are right–the video is only a minute and a half long, but it represents the best of about an hour of footage, which itself took about 12 hours to get (not to mention the editing time).

      My partner found the muskrat’s bank burrow which, fortunately, was in a location where he was able to get a good view and set up his camera. The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful at the pond during the days he shot this footage, so it was pure joy to just be there and take in everything, from the dragonflies, the butterflies and the trout jumping out of the pond, to seeing a surprise visitor (a young skunk), which my partner captured in my previously posted video, Life at Sibbald Meadows Pond. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day! :))

      ~ Jeannie

  2. What a wonderful place and video Jeannie…You two did a fantastic job….it was a real treat to see the muskrat going about it’s daily business :) Have a great week…

  3. Dear Jeannie,
    You did it again – I have a very big, goofy smile on my face this morning. My husband even asked if I was OK (hahaha…) :))) My hats off to you and your partner for this wonderful video. I can imagine it was many, many hours of patiently waiting and observing, but what a huge ‘pay off’ it must have been when this fellow decided to show himself :) The music is perfect for the video too.

    When you and your partner become worldwide photographer/cinematographers, I would be happy to take your profile photos :))))) Thanks again for making my rainy, dreary morning brighter.

    Warm wishes,
    Takami

      • Thank you, Takami! I call my Gravatar illustration “Twirly Girl”. I was inspired to draw her after I took up beginner ballet as an adult a few years ago (now there’s an adventure–nearly all the other students were younger than I, and most had taken ballet as a child–which I certainly had not!). I had a lot of fun, though I eventually stopped taking classes due to time conflicts. But it was so much fun and I was so inspired by it. I had a great teacher. She made me believe I could fly in those ballet shoes!

        I don’t draw per se-I’m more of a doodler, really-but I sketched Twirly Girl with a stylus using my iPad and SketchBook Pro. My partner fell in love with “Twirly Girl” and I’ve since used her as my icon on Flickr, Vimeo and now as a Gravatar. Thanks again! :))

    • Thank you, Takami, as always, for your gracious comment. And if we ever do become world-renowned, you will be the first to know (though it might take a while…ha…ha!) and we would be honoured to have you take our profile photos! Wishing you and your husband a very happy day, rain or shine! :)))

      ~ Jeannie

    • Merci pour votre commentaire, Hervé. Je suis heureux que vous avez apprécié regarder notre petit rat musqué à l’étang. (Je sais seulement un peu de français–j’ai donc utilisé Google Translate pour écrire ça!). Je vous souhaite une bonne journée! :))

  4. I think about that fellow (gal?) swimming merrily in that pond, with no care in the world other than building a nest and catching some fishies for lunch, and I feel that something might be right with the world after all.

  5. Jeannie, the music was so charming and perfectly matched to the National Geographic quality footage!!! (For a second or two, I was imagining watching Nessie cut through Loch Ness!)

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