The largest member of the deer family.
Moose, especially large bulls, have eluded me over the years. Yes, I have seen them on occasion, but either it was too dark, unsafe to pull over to take a shot (with my camera) or no camera with me. That was until this year when some research finally paid off and I was rewarded with some great opportunities to shoot finally the large bulls.
The first one is a boy meets girl story. A cow moose was feeding on water plants on the north shore of the lake while a large bull moose was doing the same thing on the opposite shore further down. He was working his way slowly up the lake feeding and checking his surroundings constantly for any present danger. The cow in the meantime had disappeared from my view into the forest. The bull kept moving along the shore until he stopped and turned his head. Something had attracted his attention un the opposite shore. He turned around and made his way a short distance down the lake. He then proceeded to enter the water and swam across the lake where he shook off some of the excess water and then disappeared into the forest. A short while later I watched as the cow and the bull swam back across the lake and disappeared into the trees. I sure hope that there was a happy ending.
The other two bulls were just some chance meetings along roads where the bulls were kind enough to stick around long enough to allow me to “shoot” them. I thank them very much for that.
After I published these photos on my Facebook account all my hunter friends, who rarely react to any of my photo postings, were inquiring about the location where the photos were taken. My lips are sealed.
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