I have been a busy, busy photographer. Walking, hiking, and photographing the moose. I’m not sure what I will do with myself after we leave tomorrow.
The other day was a Marvelous Moose Morning. There have been several actually, but everything lined up perfect on this day and I got some amazing shots, in perfect morning light. It had been raining most of the night, so I was glad to see clear skies when I got up. I found Washakie before the sun was fully up. He was still laying down with his cows, so I just waited. I took this nice river reflection shot while I was just hanging out.
He eventually got up and started wandering, and eating.
The moose mating season is heating up around here. For the past week or so the bulls have been hard to find. Usually they are following the cows around, but they have been hard to find as well. Every morning and afternoon I hike the river, looking for any sign of the moose.
Saturday morning Washakie showed up. He’s been MIA since he stripped the velvet from his antlers, so it was good to see him again. He is however limping badly, and certainly favoring his left front leg. But, he was still all about being with the cows, and hopefully being a moose dad again.
This is Custer. I have had several photos of him lately, he’s the one with the funny odd placed tine on top of his head. I knew he would be shedding his velvet soon, after Washakie did his the other day. Also on Monday, he had one tine that was showing through the velvet, so it was happening for sure. I didn’t name the moose, BTW, a local photographer friend of mine did and it makes it easier to know who is who. Check out Mike’s blog all about photography in the Jackson Hole area.
Custer chose a not so easy spot to get rid of his velvet on Tuesday. This was an incredibly thick and brushy place. Easy for him to get around, me, not so much. And photography was definitely more challenging. This photo was taken at 7:30am
This photo gives you a pretty good view of what he is trying to get rid of. His paddles, or antlers, have a lot more surface area than Washakie’s. On the bottom antler you can see how vascular this stuff is.