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Thank you in advance for any comments/favs. Due to carpal tunnel I am very limited in my ability to respond to comments or favs - at this time.

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. :-) Just another Alaska day. Cannon Powershot S-20 IS.


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Given 2010-12-30
MY ALASKA WALKING COMPANION by `1arcticfox This isn't the TV Show "Northern Exposure" but it could be. This isn't a telephoto lens, this is a Moose that walked right by 1arcticfox while she was out walking and talking breathtaking pictures of the cold landscape of Alaska. Do check out her fantastic photos. A treat for the eyes. ( Featured by WDWParksGal )
linkinparkrulz95 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've seen SO many pictures of Alaska, its wildlife, the scenery, the people; it all looks magnificent! I want to go to Alaska before I die.
akwildrose Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011   General Artist
Wow, that's so cool! You have a new friend! lol I love Alaska so much! :)
1arcticfox Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Yea...I think she likes me now! I passed by her one more time last winter and she just looked at me like, "I know you won't hurt me"! I'm glad you love Alaska! I have been here 45 years and love it as much now, as the day I got here! :-)
akwildrose Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011   General Artist
That's awesome! :)
I've lived here in Alaska for about 9 years now and am happy to report that I love it more now than I did then. I was 14 and not too happy about the move. lol Within a few years, I realized moving here was just about the best thing that ever happened to me. :)
Illusioninme Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
O.O you are so lucky to be alive right now. I'm so glad you did not decide to run or move, moose are pretty agressive and will charge most of the things they see. Anyway, amazing photos you just had a once in a life time experience and I'm glad you decided to share it with us! ^^ what part of Alaska are you in?
1arcticfox Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
You are correct about moose being agressive! It was a surreal experience! I'm in South Central Alaska, near Turnagain Arm. :-)
Illusioninme Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
It looks beautiful! And the trees! I've yet to see trees so heavily snowed upon. and What I would give to see a moose so close...without being trampled of course. Truly an amazing experience, I'm glad you had your camera on you!:thanks:

anyway, be careful and I hope to see more amazing alaska pictures! ^.^
IchigosFutureWife Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
this is beautiful!
1arcticfox Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Thanks so much! :hug: :-)
Spamkiller Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!! Truly well deserved! Congrats, Anita! :w00t: :+fav:
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