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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Moosing Around

Part of our yearly Rangeley ritual used to be moose sightings, until about five years ago, when all of a sudden there was nary a moose to be found. In the last few years we had seen only one, and the pictures I got were so bad they weren't even worth photoshopping. So Thursday night when we headed off to one of our favorite local restaurants (local being in this case about 20 miles away; in our defense, the middle of nowhere is, if not exactly here, at least visible from here) through prime moose-watching territory, we weren't that optimistic, even though it had rained for two days, excellent weather for an evening stroll if you're a moose.

The trick to moosewatching is to keep an eye peeled not so much for moose as for small knots of stopped cars. By looking for both we spotted a total of four moose on the way to the restaurant, and one on the way back, which I suppose could have been one of the first four again, but it was a good distance away from the earlier sightings. The pictures aren't the best I've ever taken, but at least you can tell what you're looking at.



  • moose are always fun to see (except in my backyard eating my plants), they're so much larger and more graceful than you'd think. people up here look for the knots of cars too. in fact, we stopped once to take a picture of a mountain and everyone who passed us slowed down and looked around for wildlife. we got a good laugh out of that.

    By Blogger the boogeyman's wife, at 1:47 AM  

  • Those things are an interesting shape, aren't they? But not the same effect as shouting duck...

    By Anonymous Annie, at 7:27 AM  

  • I always forget how huge they are until I see them in real life again. They're so massive!

    By Anonymous Cheryl, at 8:23 AM  

  • You do know that they really are dangerous, don't you? As in, stay in the car because they can and have trampled people to death. Momma moose with babies to protect are especially risky. Almost as bad as frustrated males during rutting season.But you knew all that and are making use of that lovely telephoto lens, right?

    By Blogger Roxie, at 9:31 AM  

  • Nothing quite like the sound of a bugling moose!

    By Blogger Alwen, at 4:11 PM  

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