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forestgnome
09-01-2008, 07:26 AM
another mama and three-month old calf, last Saturday in a beaver bog off Bear Notch Rd. I caught them as they browsed through joe pye weed and goldenrod...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/cpt053700x445.jpg




~three-month old calf...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/crt022.jpg




I came upon this adult cow on the Kate Sleeper Trail and followed her through thick spruce on East Sleeper Mtn. on Saturday...

(overexposed and motion blur, but useful...)

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/dbt82908072.jpg




She was scratching her neck and rubbing against trees alot. She may have been trying to dislodge ticks, but I didn't see any on her...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/dbt82908077.jpg



http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/dbt82908083.jpg



She layed down for a break so I also layed down nearby and had lunch.





http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/dbt82908098.jpg

It was such a beautiful experience. The forest was very quiet with sunlight dappling through. Her ears were moving around constantly, listening in the direction of every little sound. After a while I slowly got up and inched a little closer for some pictures.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/dbt82908112.jpg




She eventually tucked her head down and dozed. After a while I slowly got up again and quietly left the area. She didn't even get up as she watched me leave.


http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/dbt82908115.jpg


happy trails :)

Caffeine Addict
09-01-2008, 08:05 AM
great pics as always thank you for sharing them with us

so the big question thats on everyone ones mind are you related to this man

http://www.itsnature.org/TV/images/article-images/grizzly-adams.jpg

dixiemax
09-01-2008, 09:05 AM
such beautiful pix.....
thanks for posting!

KathyC
09-01-2008, 09:08 AM
I used to love to watch Grizzly Adams, one of my fav. as a kid.

Forestgnome, outstanding as usual. I'd be petrified to be that close to them. You do have a gift with the animals.

Charlie
09-01-2008, 09:46 AM
you can make a lot of $ with tours having lunch with moose


thanks looking good

TrishandAlex
09-01-2008, 09:47 AM
Forestgnome, outstanding as usual. I'd be petrified to be that close to them. You do have a gift with the animals.

Amen to the above. You definitely have a gift. They allow you to get close and they don't seem to feel perturbed or threatened. Just be careful out there (sorry, the mama's coming out in me).

Great pix. I especially like the one of the moose taking a snooze. I didn't know they' curled up like that to sleep. Looks like my cat. Okay, not really, but she's sleeping the way my cat does.

Rich
09-01-2008, 11:12 AM
So what did you two have for lunch that day? Did you have afternoon tea?

MsCntry
09-01-2008, 01:53 PM
great pics as always thank you for sharing them with us

so the big question thats on everyone ones mind are you related to this man



I told you hunny I am gunna start calling him Double G :D "Grizzley Gnome" http://bestsmileys.com/lol/12.gif

Brad
09-01-2008, 02:53 PM
you can make a lot of $ with tours having lunch with moose


thanks looking good
I think desert with the moose would be better.

Chocolate mousse with moose.

Jimmy Legs and Little d
09-01-2008, 05:50 PM
I too want to know how you get so close to any of these creatures?
As a hunter I realize that movement and wind direction play a big part in getting close. Do you use camoflage and or something to cover up your scent?

Charlie
09-01-2008, 06:04 PM
I think desert with the moose would be better.

Chocolate mousse with moose.


that is better



I too want to know how you get so close to any of these creatures?
As a hunter I realize that movement and wind direction play a big part in getting close. Do you use camoflage and or something to cover up your scent?

did you ever see what he looks like
i say he looks like a moose :D

mtruman
09-01-2008, 07:28 PM
While I've seen many moose pictures before this is the first of one that has been lulled to sleep by her trail companion. Don't know how you do it Patrick. I have to say that my favorite of the bunch is the mama and calf in the first shot. Just beautiful.

MsCntry
09-01-2008, 08:48 PM
I too want to know how you get so close to any of these creatures?
As a hunter I realize that movement and wind direction play a big part in getting close. Do you use camoflage and or something to cover up your scent?

I was dressed in shorts and a tank top the day I got the picture of my female moose, and I was only about 20 feet away. I think they are getting used to humans being around to an extent. I can't wait to get out there with my new camera and get some awesome shots!! This was taken with my POS black friday special 5mg camera without image stabilization.

http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g211/mscntry/STP%2008%20on%20the%20Kancamagus/fm.jpg

forestgnome
09-01-2008, 09:46 PM
Thanks for all the nice comments!



Amen to the above. You definitely have a gift. They allow you to get close and they don't seem to feel perturbed or threatened. Just be careful out there (sorry, the mama's coming out in me).


That's sweet! I'll be careful, I promise. I've learned to behave like a fellow browser, and not a predator. That is the essence of my approach.

I thank my dad for some MicMac blood for a rapport and love of wildlife, and my mom for some lucky Irish blood.

The first thing is to be silent and slow, and look around and listen. When I see a moose I act the way they do. I avoid predator behavior, such as staring straight at them and trying to hide. Instead, I say hello and make my presence obvious. I turn my back on them and step away slowly and pretend to eat leaves. I spend lots of time slowly closing distance. I enjoy watching them do what they do and the best observing happens later in the visit when they tend to forget about my presence. When the cow layed down I had been with her for nearly an hour and then I watched her as I had lunch for another half hour.

I've never used any camo, nor do I try to mask my scent, but I do wear lots of orange in hunting season. I have no interest in lying in wait for an animal. I like to hike and enjoy the beauty of the forest. I do it quietly. I see wildlife and enjoy the experience.

Thanks for all the positive feedback!

happy trails :)

MsCntry
09-01-2008, 10:59 PM
A Gnome after my own heart http://bestsmileys.com/butterfly/3.gif Stealth Gnome http://bestsmileys.com/bunny/1.gif :D