With the exception of one or two landscapes (shot on the same trip), this is probably my top shot of 2013. I spent 9 days in Rocky Mountain National Park in early August, and on one particular day I'd gone to Bear Lake for sunrise, but a cloudless sky made for lifeless photos, so I headed back to a small beaver pond where I'd been told a moose was frequenting. By the time I got there, the light was fairly harsh and so I wasn't very hopeful of getting good shots even if I found the moose.
After a short hike, I rounded a corner to a spot where the pond was more open, and found myself 35 yards from this young male. The longest focal length I brought on the trip was 200mm, so I was also concerned about reach. I stayed where I was, both because encroaching upon a moose is unwise, and because I was already at the shore of the pond. He started off in shadow, so my shutter speeds were too low even with IS to get decent shots, but as I watched him for the next 20 minutes, he made his way to the center of the pond, where the light, though harsh, was enough for me to get a couple of decent shots and illuminate his head and antlers as he turned. It was the first time I'd seen a moose in the wild, and a privilege to photograph it. I returned to that spot two more times during my visit, but the moose was not there either time.