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Bull Moose at Sprague Lake-Rocky Mountain National Park

 
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Aug 07, 2013 20:39 |  #1

Since my first attempt at a Sprague Lake sunrise was thwarted by high winds which caused ripples on the lake, my second attempt at sunrise started at Bear Lake, one of the most popular destinations in the park. The lake cooperated, providing a perfect mirror reflection, but the cloudless sky made the photos uninteresting.

During my first trip to Sprague, I'd heard that a bull moose had been frequenting the area, so after the lackluster sunrise at Bear Lake, I stopped at Sprague to look for him. As I explored some beaver ponds behind the lake, all of a sudden there he was. I'd never seen a bull moose before, and though the conditions were not ideal because of the harsh light and many shadows, I was able to get a few decent shots of him at 200mm--which means he was quite close! The two shots I liked best were a portrait, and then a wider shot (70mm) that gives some context for the environment and habitat for the moose.

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Aug 07, 2013 23:09 |  #2

Wow, those are fantastic, I really like pic 1!

Well done, and nice find!

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Aug 08, 2013 03:42 |  #3

Awesome! Always have wanted to get a moose in the water like that.


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Aug 08, 2013 05:49 |  #4

Very nice, I like them both. Amazing photos on your Flickr site as well!


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Aug 08, 2013 06:28 |  #5

Both shots are very nice!


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Aug 09, 2013 19:49 |  #6

Thanks everyone--definitely a lucky find--but I suppose it demonstrates the importance of having a backup plan... :)


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Aug 09, 2013 20:03 |  #7

Great shots!


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Aug 09, 2013 21:26 |  #8

Great shots. I have dreamed of getting the #2 shot, I have just spent 2 weeks in Glacier, Banff and Jasper Nat parks and that shot was on my bucket list. I did not see one Moose.




  
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