Last night I reviewed my photo library to see the last time I had good luck finding Bitterroots in bloom: it was June 4, 2011. So, today I set out to get a few photos of them again, and I did. This is not one of them.
It’s not the greatest photo in the world, shot through heavy brush, but it was the only one he let me have.
Congratulations on getting to see him at all. The moose population here in Minnesota is extremely low … they are dying (disease, climate, I am not sure the experts even know why .. hunting is not permitted any more the population is so low). What was once a fairly common site (if you were in moose territory – northeast and border country) is now a very rare site.
I’m always thrilled to encounter a moose. There are still quite a few of them here, but their numbers are diminishing. I think they have been severely over-hunted and a lot of their habitat has been and is being destroyed by logging. This one is on the Flathead Indian Reservation in an area that should give him a good chance for a long life. He’s a prime animal, too!
Really, I think the photo’s perfect. It’s just slightly ethereal, a little confusing, and it takes a second to focus on the center of attention. In a way, it’s not unlike being surprised by such a creature out in the wild. What a wonderful encounter for you – magic!
I rather like the photo because it is typical of a wildlife encounter in an area like that one. I was glad I attempted the shot! I encounter several moose every summer and they are usually very brief encounters.
The bulls are pretty easy going this time of year. A cow with a new calf can be another matter though, and a bull in the time of the rut can sometimes be a tough customer. This guy was very nervous, much more so than normal.
The moose in our area never stand still long enough for me to take a picture as nice as yours! Of course, the fact that moose sometimes stroll right behind my house, and I live within a mile of a city, makes seeing moose at all a pretty wonderful sight.
I see moose pretty much every time I am in the area. Most of the time I see them on the way to Fishtrap lake. I have some nice pictures of them but I don’t get to see the bulls too often. I’ll be there on Friday for 3 weeks. Nice shot.
I haven’t seen a moose yet this year on Thompson River and haven’t been up Fishtrap way yet.
I hope you have a great vacation! We will be having some nice weather now and that will be good for you. If there’s anything I can do for you while you’re here, please let me know.
I like this photo of the Moose … He´s known as the king of the forest, here in Sweden . I hope to get some photos myself of this magnificent animal, in the meantime i take the oppurtunity to enjoy yours . // Maria
Hi Montucky, I have seen a Moose twice – once when I was a child visiting Yellowstone National Park, and once a few years ago, fleetingly, in Alaska near the Chilkat River out of Haines. You have had a neat sighting. Good picture. Have a wonderful Thursday tomorrow!
That’s a rather typical look at a moose. They like the brush and are usually pretty shy. I always wonder at why they are so shy when the are at least five times my size. With the moose population as it is today I would not think of shooting one. This one might have a better chance at growing old being on the reservation. He is a little more protected there I think.
They are blooming right now in Camas Prairie, not widespread and hard to see but plentiful in small areas. If you do get down to hwy 382, you will see them on the west side of the road just across the fence, at about 60 yards south of mile marker 12. Remember, their blossoms are only open on sunny days!
What a beauty…. I’ll never forget seeing my first moose (in the PNW), and being stunned at how *enormous* they truly are. Such a sweetheart. I had no idea their populations were suffering so, but it’s not surprising (sniff).
I think it’s a great photo because it demonstrates the difficulty of photographing wild animals and at the same time is a perfect example of a ‘real’ wild creature photograph – 99 times out of a 100 that’s how you see them in the wild and it’s exciting, tantalisingly close but partially obscured. And your picture is showing it like it actually is rather than how we would like it to be. He’s a majestic creature too!