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MY ALASKA WALKING COMPANION by 1arcticfox MY ALASKA WALKING COMPANION by 1arcticfox
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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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Daily Deviation

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 )
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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.
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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! :)
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
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! :-)
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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. :)
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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?
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You are correct about moose being agressive! It was a surreal experience! I'm in South Central Alaska, near Turnagain Arm. :-)
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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! ^.^
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IchigosFutureWife Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
this is beautiful!
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much! :hug: :-)
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Spamkiller Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!! Truly well deserved! Congrats, Anita! :w00t: :+fav:
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much! It was a real surprise - both the moose and the DD! :D :-)
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Spamkiller Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :aww:
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smokinggoat Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
outstanding! you have some amazing photos, thanks for sharing them with us. :)
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! Always happy when others enjoy the beauty I'm so lucky to live in/around. :-)
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Actionjack52 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your dd Anita! This really is a unique and amazing cappture! :clap: :hug:s
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much Larry for your great comment! I don't know which I was more surprised by - the DD - or the moose! Suffice it to say that both were a complete surprise!
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Actionjack52 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Always a pleasure! I have never seen a moose! =)
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D :hug:
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baba49 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow Anita, congratulations on the well deserved DD for this "adventerous" photo. I wonder why I had missed this photo before. What a great capture. You may be really proud :D
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much Baba - both were complete surprises - the moose and the DD! :-) :hug:
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baba49 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am glad that you survived both :lol: :D
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D :thumbsup: :tighthug:
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wolfepaw Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anita, this is a spectacular capture and it must have been a memorable experience also! Are they much larger than deer? It's hard to tell size without a reference point. I'm so glad nothing happened to you other than to get this great shot! Congratulations on your very well deserved DD!! What a nice "End of the Old Year, Beginning of the New Year" present for you!

:iconnewyearplz: to you and yours, Anita, my friend!
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much Peggi, I really appreciate your comments! Yes....moose are larger than deer. They can grow to be 7 feet tall and weigh up to 1,800 pounds. They are the largest land mammal in the Northern Hemisphere. They can run up to 30 miles and hour and have the ability to kick with their sharp hooves in all directions - including out front! I have seen them sail over a 6 foot chain link fence like it wasn't even there! I couldn't believe my eyes the first time I saw that! A large adult male moose would out size most large horses and out weigh the same size horse. They are not cuddly, friendly animals and can be very unpredictable and dangerous. This moose was probably a 2 year old so not full grown but still capable of doing plenty of damage. I didn't freak out but I had plenty of anxiety since you don't know what they will do. The worst thing is to frighten them or make them feel threatened, so that is why I stood perfectly still. When she walked by me just a few inches away it was both frightening and amazing! The moose could have easily outrun me and I had no large tree to get behind....so I am also very glad nothing happened to me! After a stressful year, the DD was a wonderful "present"! :wow: :-) :hug:
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DeeJay1993 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
its noes looks too long
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It's the angle partly....and they have long noses/faces naturally. This has not been altered. :-) :hug:
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DeeJay1993 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
ok hugs back
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:-) :hug:
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DeeJay1993 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
^^
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wolfcreek50 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Something you don't run into everyday...least wise here...grand shot and capture...
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! Glad it happened....now...but I'd just as soon not have to be that close to one again! :D :hug:
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wolfcreek50 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011
Your very welcome...I'll bet...
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Dragon-princess08 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Student General Artist
beautiful! haha what a great experience to see a wild moose enter a great snapshot like that. you are so lucky
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It was fortunate to get a photo like this, but I don't know that I want to repeat the experience! It was a bit too close! I could practically feel her breath! :wow: :hug: :-)
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pinup-artist Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely photo and great instincts. She may be quite used to seeing people around as we used to have deer living on our helicopter landing area that would ignore us working on the helicopters and refused to move when they tried to land. Congratulations on your Daily Deviation and I hope that your next encounter is a bit less intense :)
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! They sound like some very stubborn deer! Yes the moose in town are used to seeing people and as long as you play by their rules and give them a wide birth, you're usually ok. They can however be very unpredictable and dangerous because of their size and sharp hooves which they kick out front at lightening speed! I've seen them sail over 6 foot fences like they weren't even there! I always assume they are dangerous - until I know differently! :hug: :-) Happy New Year!
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Cao Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Moose are actually rather scary to meet, aren't they? ^__^;;
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
They can be! What people don't realize is that though they may be "used to" people and "appear" tame.....they are unpredictable, wild animals and they can be very dangerous. There was a man killed in town here when I was at the University - at the entrance to the building next to the building I had classes in. She had a calf she was protecting and had been teased by some kids who threw rocks and she got very angry and trampled him. It was so sad because they had to shoot her, since she hung around campus. Wild animals need to be respected and left alone! :-) :hug:
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Cao Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed.
I had the unfortunate privilege of running into a bear on a trail before; luckily I was able to make enough noise to keep it away from where I was... I don't think a moose would react the same way.
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh my! Glad the encounter wasn't too close and he/she ran away! I very nearly had a bear encounter this summer - it's in my previous journal. So glad I didn't - even though I always carry bear spray! Moose are so unpredictable...making noise might cause it to charge! :-) :hug:
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Cao Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly. ^__^
I had bear spray, but I've never had to use it before so I wasn't exactly sure I'd be able to do it if it got closer.

(PS, Happy New Year!)
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Up here they tell us you need to practice with one! There are times if I am in known brown bear areas - like across the street from me down about a half a mile, that I take the safety off and carry it in my hand "ready to go". I think the big problem is having to grab it out of a holster, yank the safety out and spay - all before the bear gets to you! I had a friend this summer who had exactly that problem - too many "steps" to do as a bear is charging! He fell as he was trying to get it out of the holster, but finally managed - just before the bear got to him! So now I carry it in my hand with the safety off in wilderness areas where nobody is around - but me! There's lots of info on the net about bear spray and some good tips....I even learned new things! :D :hug:
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Cao Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That would be one way to do it. :3 But I have a hard time hiking with anything in my hands; it's a balance issue I guess.
It was a black bear, so I wasn't so concerned, and I saw him from a distance before I got closer to where he was. Had it been a grizzly I would have turned around and headed back to parking lot even though my goal was only a few km further. XD
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
YES....BLACK BEAR AND GRIZZLY BEAR BEHAVIOR ARE DIFFERENT. THEY SAY TO NOT TURN YOUR BACK ON A GRIZZLEY BUT TO BACK AWAY VERY SLOWLY FACING IT. I'M NOT SURE HOW CALM, I'D BE THOUGH!! :wow: Ooooops.....Sorry for the caps....my arm's to tired to re-type! :hug:
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Romylyn Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Beautiful photo ... :)
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much! Happy New year! :hug: :-)
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anjaleck Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :glomp:
Hugs,
Anj
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much Anj! It's so good to have you back again! Happy New year! :-) :hug:
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anjaleck Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, Anita!

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Here's wishing you light, love, life, health and happiness in the New Year.
Hugs and love,
Anj
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1arcticfox Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod: :thumbsup: :tighthug:
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