A throwback to the middle of June and a real cutie for Moose Monday that I haven’t shared before.
This little calf was probably only a couple of weeks old and sticking really close to mom and in the shadows for most of the morning I was watching them. The calf gradually got a bit brave and wandered a short distance, just enough to stand alone and, best of all, stepping right into some sunlight that was streaming through the forest trees. I only managed a few captures before it went dutifully back to its mom’s side and then the two wandered off for some privacy.
This was taken in the Kawuneeche Valley of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park. That area was hit pretty hard by the East Troublesome Fire that started on October 14th and exploded to cover 193,812 acres in less than two weeks. The blaze was just declared contained last week and I am concerned about what I will find when I return to the area. Undoubtedly the landscape will look far different than what it looked like when I took this picture.