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My moose walking (uninvited) companion, in December 2009.
This is one of two photos I took. MOOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE CLOSE KIND
is here: [link]
Cannon Powershot SX-20 IS.This was not taken with a telephoto! I did not approach the moose to take her photo – you never do that to a wild animal!
I was out taking scenic photos in and about the woods and the moose apparently had been hidden in the woods by all the snow on the trees when I walked through the path onto the small University parking lot. I turned to the rt. to take photos and with the camera still up to my eye, turned around to the left and there she was! It was such a surprise! I never heard a sound with all the heavy snow and frost completely sound-proofing the woods and with my back turned!
It only took me about 2 seconds to figure out I could not outrun her and would probably spook her into charging if I moved suddenly….so I completely froze, barely breathing. Then it only took her about 2 more seconds to reach me! She passed within 18 inches of my nose (I could have patted her on the nose) and if you look at the photo you’ll see she was so close that I couldn’t get all of her rt. hoof in the pic! (the photo linked above) I assure you I was not paying attention to focusing the camera!
The only thing I moved was the forefinger on my rt. hand to snap the 2 photos. I’m surprised I had the presence of mind to do that! I’ll admit it was quite unnerving….I’m sure you could hear my heart pounding a block away and I was more than relieved when she kept walking on by!! Though I’ve seen and had many moose in my yards over the years, it was my first close wild moose encounter in 44 years here.
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