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Precious Moose calf stops to smell the flowers

This is probably my favorite Moose calf image I have ever taken.  This young one was absolutely beautiful and amusing with its big, long legs that seemed a bit out of proportion to the rest of its body.  With mama nearby, it took the time to smell – and eat – some flowers.

They really seemed to like these pink / purple ones quite a lot.  I was tempted to sample them as well but decided against it.  😉  Taken in Arapaho National Forest, Colorado.

A Moose calf stops to smell the flowers before eating them.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A Moose calf stops to smell the flowers before eating them. (© Tony’s Takes)

Family of Moose pays a surprise visit to campsite

An early evening thunderstorm had chased us inside the RV while camping in Arapaho National Forest two weeks ago.  Finally there was a break and as I went outside to light the grill to get dinner going, I notice this massive black and brown creature not 40 feet away.  A moose!

I step back inside and grab my camera telling the family to look out the window.  As I step back outside, I hear my daughter say softly, “Daddy, there’s a baby too!”

I quietly and slowly creep around the RV where I have a good view of mama and her young one.  Just as I start taking pictures, I see motion out of the corner of my eye and I’ll be a son of a gun if a bull didn’t come waltzing into the area too!  It is unlikely a full grown bull would hang out with a cow and calf so I am guessing the bull was actually the cow’s offspring from last year.

The trio calmly grazed their way through the campsite spending 20 minutes or so with us before moving back into the densely treed forest.

As it was evening and there were dark clouds above lighting was tough so my pics aren’t as nice as I would like.  But, it was truly a magical encounter and probably my favorite ever with moose.

The bull and cow moose graze peacefully next to each other.  (© Tony’s Takes)

The bull and cow moose graze peacefully next to each other. (© Tony’s Takes)

While wary, the cow was quite calm. (© Tony’s Takes)

While wary, the cow was quite calm. (© Tony’s Takes)

The young calf was absolutely adorable. (© Tony’s Takes)

The young calf was absolutely adorable. (© Tony’s Takes)

The bull kept watch on the cow and calf as they grazed. (© Tony’s Takes)

The bull kept watch on the cow and calf as they grazed. (© Tony’s Takes)

The young calf was absolutely adorable. (© Tony’s Takes)

The young calf was absolutely adorable. (© Tony’s Takes)

While a young bull, he still was very impressive looking. (© Tony’s Takes)

While a young bull, he still was very impressive looking. (© Tony’s Takes)

Beautiful cow takes the spotlight for Moose Monday

Three separate Moose encounters in one day made for a pretty great day of picture taking last week. This one, on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, featured a solo female out grazing in the early afternoon. Despite the attention she drew from the tourists, she was quite calm and more than happy to pose for pictures.

A female Moose grazes on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Moose grazes on the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Moose keeps close watch. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Moose keeps close watch. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Moose keeps close watch. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Moose keeps close watch. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Moose keeps close watch. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Moose keeps close watch. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Moose seems to smile. (© Tony’s Takes)

A female Moose seems to smile. (© Tony’s Takes)

Moose calf goes for a morning stroll with mom

I spent five days camping in Arapaho National Forest and despite the location and multiple day trips into Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado , the start of day five found me without one picture of a moose. It was a bit frustrating but then on Tuesday I had multiple encounters with these massive mammals.

These are pictures of the first sighting, early in the morning just inside the west entrance to the park. This cute calf and its mother were enjoying a breakfast of grass as they walked through a meadow. I only had a few minutes with them as soon, other tourists arrived and the pair decided they preferred their privacy and moved into the forest.

This was actually the first time I have photographed a moose calf so I was quite ecstatic. I’ll share more pics of the other encounters in the coming days.

A Moose calf keeps close watch on something in the distance. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Moose calf keeps close watch on something in the distance. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Moose cow and its calf graze on tall grass. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Moose cow and its calf graze on tall grass. (© Tony’s Takes)

Something appears to draw the attention of a Moose cow and her calf.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Something appears to draw the attention of a Moose cow and her calf. (© Tony’s Takes)

“What? Am I drooling or something?”

This young bull Moose was eating and drinking in a small pond in Rocky Mountain National Park. After dipping most of its face underwater, it lifted its head up and with water running down its face and out of its mouth stared right at me. Maybe it was a bit embarrassed by the mess it was making?   😉

Water runs from the mouth of a young bull Moose after it took a drink in a small pond.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Water runs from the mouth of a young bull Moose after it took a drink in a small pond. (© Tony’s Takes)

 

Moose bull gets its close-up

Moose Monday continues with a close up of a gentle giant. The sheer size of these animals is nothing short of intimidating. Of course anything 6+ feet tall and weighing in at 1,000 pounds can make any human feel pretty small and moose definitely do that.

They are generally quite gentle and calm but can be aggressive if startled or something or someone comes too close to their young. This is the same large bull that I posted a picture of earlier today as it grazed right next to the road.

A close up view of a Moose bull with its gentle eyes and apparent battle scars.  (© Tony’s Takes)

A close up view of a Moose bull with its gentle eyes and apparent battle scars. (© Tony’s Takes)

Moose Monday

It had been almost a year since I last visited with these massive creatures so I was pretty happy to return yesterday to a spot in Arapaho National Forest, Colorado where they can be found.

Soon after arriving, my friend and I came across this big Moose bull.  Unfortunately he was the only one we found although other folks in the area said there were two females in the area too.

Despite him being the only one on hand, we managed more than our fair share of pictures as he patiently munched on willows for a while before heading off out of sight into the dense forest.

Unless you have ever seen one in person, you truly cannot imagine how big these creatures are.  They are just incredible.

A Moose bull grazes on willows in Colorado's Arapaho National Forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Moose bull grazes on willows in Colorado’s Arapaho National Forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

Who’s in there?

The afternoon was booked but the morning free so I made a quick trip through Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado?. As always, the wildlife was abundant and the scenery incredible. This big guy was on the park’s west side and he put on a nice show for me.

A young bull Moose appears to be checking out its reflection in a pond. (© Tony’s Takes)

A young bull Moose appears to be checking out its reflection in a pond. (© Tony’s Takes)

Soft eyes for such a massive animal

A bull moose grazes on willows in Colorado’s Arapaho National Forest in July 2014.  I am sitting here contemplating where I may head for a picture taking excursion this weekend.  Lots of choices but I find myself favoring a return visit to this spot.

A bull moose with very gentle eyes grazes on willows in Arapaho National Forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

A bull moose with very gentle eyes grazes on willows in Arapaho National Forest. (© Tony’s Takes)

“Yeah, that’s right. Keep on walking, bub”

One bull moose carefully treads across the path of another just weeks before last fall’s rut.

A bit of a Throwback Thursday to the end of last August when I was able to spend a great morning watching these amazing animals. The bulls were losing the velvet off of their antlers which made them a bloody mess and gave them a menacing appearance (as if their ?1,000 pound weight and 6+ foot height weren’t enough). The tension between them was quite palatable as mating season was fast approaching.

Taken in Arapaho National Forest, Colorado.

Two bull moose cross paths in Colorado.  (© Tony’s Takes)

Two bull moose cross paths in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)