I haven’t done a Moose Monday in a while so here you go.
Taken last August in U.S. Forest Service Arapaho National Forest. We had stopped along a back country dirt road to take a break and while we were sitting there, we hear rustling. He didn’t want to make himself visible and we didn’t want to intrude but I did get a few glimpses of him thanks to my big lens.
Moose are the largest member of the deer family although the sub-species we have here in Colorado, the Shiras moose, are the smallest of moose sub-species. That however does not mean they are truly small. They can stand six feet tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 1,200 pounds! You cannot begin to appreciate their size until you are up close with one.
One for Moose Monday. I am finding myself very anxious to get back to the #olorado high country and find some of these beautiful, massive creatures. Last September was my most recent opportunity and, unfortunately, my next chance will have until there is warmer weather and less snow at altitude.
Until then, I will reminiscence using pictures like this one from July 2nd last year. It was a fantastic morning spent with six bulls, two cows and one yearling. Here, one of the big boys grazes on tall willows away from the rest of the Moose – and away from the photographers.
Taken in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.
Here’s one that I somehow never shared and a good one for Moose Monday. Taken back on August 4th. This calf and its mom were hanging out in Rocky Mountain National Park’s Kawuneeche Valley.
They had just finished having some playtime in a little creek and were getting ready to move into the forest to escape the hordes of tourists (and photographers). Mom was trying to move along but this little one seemed to revel in all the attention, seeming to pause and make sure everyone was watching and in turn making me very happy.
It is Moose Monday and since we are getting some much-needed snow here on the Colorado Front Range today, this seems like an appropriate image to share.
This was actually taken back on September 24th during one of the first decent snowfalls to hit the high altitudes here. The weather looked iffy at best but I could not resist at least making an attempt to see them before winter weather arrived in earnest.
At 10,000+ feet in altitude I knew it would be cold and fresh snow had fallen. There was some welcome sun initially but soon the clouds descended bringing a thick fog and snow began to fall again. It was then that I finally found what I sought.
This big fella had laid down not far off the road but well hidden from view. Had I not opted to hike into the forest for a look beyond the road, I would have never seen him. The fog and dim light made for tough shooting conditions but I was happy as heck not only to have spent time with him but also to have captured my first ‘moose in snow’ pictures.
Taken in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area of Colorado.
Harkening back to the first weekend in July. This guy and a number of other, bigger bull Moose were hanging out at this high country lake. For the longest time they stayed well concealed with the thick bushes next to the water and I was about ready to give up on getting a clear shot. Finally, they moved down to the water’s edge giving a nice, unobstructed view.
As much as I would love to photograph these guys in the winter, I am not too keen on the harsh weather conditions at altitude this time of year so I will be anxiously awaiting the summer when I can see them again.
How big is a Moose? Big enough to block a full lane of roadway. 😉
It is Moose Monday and I share this image not because it is particularly great artistically but rather because it does a great job demonstrating just how big these guys are. Unless you have seen one and been relatively close, it is hard to appreciate their sheer size. Needless to say, they are massive.
Moose are the largest member of the deer family although the sub-species we have here in Colorado, the Shiras moose, are the smallest of moose sub-species. That however does not mean they are truly small. They can stand six feet tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 1,200 pounds!
When this guy wanted to cross the road on this cold, foggy morning back in September, you can bet I gave him a very wide berth.
You would think it would be hard for something standing six feet tall and weighing several hundred pounds to catch you off guard but that is just what this beautiful lady did to me.
I had spotted a massive bull alongside a high country road back in September and had parked and was walking back toward him. My focus was on watching the big guy, making sure I kept a close eye on him. Suddenly I hear rustling directly behind me. I whip around and I see this cow, chomping away on the foliage not 10 feet away.
I was so zeroed in on the other moose, I didn’t even know this one and her calf were on the opposite side of the road. The foliage was very dense as you can tell and even as big as she was, she was tough to see even when I realized there was something there.
Thankfully, she couldn’t have cared less about the photographer and went about eating her breakfast. I of course backed up giving her a wide berth to enjoy that meal.
It is Moose Monday and today’s capture comes to you from the forests in Grand County, Colorado back in August. While the rest of my camping crew opted to sleep in, I headed up further into the national forest hoping to find Moose as we have seen them in this area before.
I went 7 miles up a dirt road without a single capture and then turned around. Finally, just a mile before camp, I see a big guy standing right in the road. When he moved off into the woods, I saw there was a second one. While one entirely ignored me, one did make sure to keep an eye on me.
A couple of weeks ago I came across this young one and its mama when both took me by surprise. There was a massive bull on one side of the road and as I walked along the road toward it and lift my camera to take a picture, I hear rustling behind me. Startled, I whip around to find the two of them on the opposite of the thick brush that lined the road.
While they took me by surprise, neither seemed to care much about the bipedal lifeform right near them. I of course backed off, giving all three a wide birth. Thankfully the young one stepped into a bit of a clearing allowing me to get this nice portrait. It had snowed the night before and more snow was falling at the time, hence it being so wet.
Rumor had it that the Moose in my favorite area had finally returned after spending the past month or so at higher altitude. The weather looked iffy at best but I could not resist at least making an attempt to see them Sunday.
At 10,000+ feet in altitude I knew it would be cold and fresh snow had fallen. There was some welcome sun initially but soon the clouds descended bringing a thick fog and snow began to fall again. It was then that I finally found what I sought – one of the big boys of the area.
Two cows were nearby and he was keen on keeping close watch on them. He was initially laying down, just taking it easy, but when one cow moved off, he stood to keep watch and gave me this nice capture.
The fog and dim light made for tough shooting conditions but I was happy as heck not only to have spent time with him but also to have captured my first ‘moose in snow’ pictures.