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forestgnome
09-16-2008, 06:42 AM
This 3 or 4 year old sow was on our second-floor deck before dawn, snooping for a meal. There are no stairs to this deck, but she didn't need them. She was hufing exessively at my dog and me...

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Dawn from the Sugar Hill Overlook, on the Kancamagus...

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I found this old beaver bog off trail in a mountain pass in the Sandwich Range


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This dragonfly has a bum wing.


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While watching to see if a fish or a cedar waxwing would grab it for a meal, I heard the thrashing of a bull moose off to the west. (Thrashing is when they vigorously drag their antlers through branches to remove the velvet and then to polish the antlers). The sound led me to another old bog...

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I was hiking through this bog toward the sound of the thrashing when the bull emerged into the bog. He saw me right away.

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He soon turned and headed back into the trees, giving another look at me over his shoulder...

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I wish I could have gotten closer but it was still very nice. There's something very special about the prescence of a big bull moose in autumn in a bog, far from the trail in a mountain pass.

I tracked him but I could not catch up to him, but he led me through some nice moose habitat with loads of hobblebush...

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gigantic hobblebush leave...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/livpass212.jpg




happy trails :)

CHRIS
09-16-2008, 07:04 AM
Awesome pictures thank you for sharing.

TrishandAlex
09-16-2008, 07:07 AM
Your pictures are always jaw-droppingly (new word I just made up) beautiful.

Really, they're fantastic. Please don't ever stop posting.

That picture of the dragonfly is incredible.

Bretton Woods Brat
09-16-2008, 07:43 AM
Beautiful sunrise.... I'm glad you didn't get closer! :eek: He looks big!

mtruman
09-16-2008, 09:56 AM
Wow, bears that can fly :eek::eek::eek:

I'm glad to see that the picture you got of her was as she was leaving the deck and not as she was preparing to head into the house...

The other pictures are beautiful (as always). I particularly like the image of the dragonfly although it is very sad that he had the bad wing...

Gorque
09-16-2008, 11:43 AM
That's a novel way to wake up. Did the bear use that to climb up to your deck as well?

Rich
09-16-2008, 11:52 AM
Thank God that bear didn't miss the tree! She would've been on YOU!!

faegilr
09-16-2008, 12:19 PM
Love the dragonfly picture, I adore macros :)

I so want to see a bear or moose in the wild...maybe next year :)

Charlie
09-16-2008, 07:28 PM
as always very very nice pictures ;)

JimS
09-16-2008, 07:39 PM
That sunrise shot is one of your best landscapes in a while. Wish I were there...congrats on a great series!