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forestgnome
09-22-2008, 10:12 PM
I been stalking meadows and bogs around the WMNF. Early autumn is so wonderful, with crisp mornings and clear, cool air.

Friday morning saw a heavy frost...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/moosegang113.jpg





I found five moose in a meadow in Evan's Notch ( location withheld due to upcoming hunting season). They were making some weird noises. The rutting season is here!

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/moosegang119.jpg




These two like each other...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/moosegang112.jpg




I had a strange experience. I had these moose used to my presence and they weren't paying any attention to me for awhile. Then one cow started staring at me and then started my way. Her new boyfreind followed closely behind...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/moosegang253.jpg




They just kept slowly walking toward me...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/moosegang190.jpg




I started to back away when they got about 20' away but they just kept walking toward me. I was starting to get nervous, something that has never happened to me before, despite being closer to moose than this many, many times. I took a few shots as I backed away. This shot is at 24mm and it not cropped...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/moosegang261.jpg

I decided to walk away and put a few yards between us and as I turned to walk away I felt hot, weak and light-headed. Some time later, I woke up. I was face-down in the wildflowers, soaked in sweat and wondering where I was. I could not move. I rolled over to see the cow peering at me over the goldenrod. Then she started to chew her mouthful of pin cherry leaves again. I just layed there, thinking I had suffered a heart attack. It took a half hour for me to be able to stand and walk out of the meadow. The moose were all still there, watching me leave.

The doctor diagnosed a vagal response, causing me to faint. The body thought I was in danger and needed to run like hell, so the blood flowed to the legs. If I ran, the blood would have recirculated and I would have been fine. While I thought there was no danger, my body thought otherwise.

I went back to the same meadow to see how I would react because this is so important to me. I found the same pair and I was fine to about 30', but they didn't approach me either. Time will tell...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/moosegang097.jpg




http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/moosegang116.jpg




This bog is at the end of another meadow. There is actually a moose just behind the tamaracks in the center of the image. It would have been a spectacular image if she would just come out. I saw her as I got into position but just as I was ready to shoot she went behind the tamaracks.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/moosegang034.jpg




resident beaver...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/moosegang040.jpg




northern harrier hawk...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/hawk91708.jpg




The next day, I heard the squealing of a bird being killed. As I approached, the harrier flushed. A moment later, this northern flicker flushed, still sqealing and dropping a few feathers as it flew away. That was close!

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/harriermeal280.jpg




I shot this as it flew away. After I looked at the pictures I noticed there was a mating pair of moose watching the action. Their faces are visible in the distant, right. I never even saw them.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/harriermeal284.jpg




lots of wildlife in the meadows...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/moosegang027.jpg




two cows in a meadow after sunset...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/moosegang020.jpg





The stars of summer are moving along. Here is Sagitarius, with Jupiter, hanging low as the sky darkens on a cool, clear autumn night...

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


happy autumn :)

billysinc
09-22-2008, 10:54 PM
man you are unbelievable, thanks for the moment.



ps: hope all is well healthwise

M_Six
09-22-2008, 11:43 PM
More incredible pics. Mucho Thanks for sharing.

And get a second opinion. That's scary. :eek:

Brad
09-23-2008, 06:35 AM
Patrick, these are fantastic.

whitestar505
09-23-2008, 06:40 AM
I have to say forestgnome;23971] these pictures are great. Can I ask what they were shot with ?

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CHRIS
09-23-2008, 06:50 AM
Absolutely beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing. I also would be interested in what equipment you use to shoot these.

Bretton Woods Brat
09-23-2008, 08:05 AM
:eek: I almost fainted reading this! Glad your ok. Maybe you were soaked from them licking you... mmmmmm...salty. :p

Rich
09-23-2008, 10:09 AM
Extremely awesome! I second a second opinion.

After all, we want to see your pics for many years to come!

JimS
09-23-2008, 11:27 AM
This is simply an incredible series. To pick favorites, #2, #4 and the second to last.

I can't imagine what it must be like to experience scenes like these...you really have become a master of this genre. Time to think about a book...

Brad
09-23-2008, 04:45 PM
He says he is working on a book. I already have my name in for a signed copy.

mtruman
09-23-2008, 07:26 PM
Even more amazing than usual Patrick! I can't imagine fainting in a meadow and waking up with a moose looking down at me. So glad that everything turned out OK. Obviously the moose knew that you were a friend...

forestgnome
09-23-2008, 09:16 PM
Thanks very much to everyone for the nice comments! I just love the colors of these meadows and bogs in early autumn. There is so much wildlife to see, especially at dawn and dusk, if you settle in and listen and look closely. And it's a great season for moose activity.

I am shooting with a Canon XTi with a Canon 70-300mm IS lens, and a Canon XSi with a Sigma 24-70mm lens.

A few of these were off a tripod, such as the second to last one because that was after sunset and there was not much light. I've decided to try a monopod for hiking and see what it can do.

Jim, thanks for the high compliment! You have really developed a special style of scenics with special light and atmosphere, as I said...Salgesque :D

happy autumn :)

Brad
09-23-2008, 09:34 PM
These are the treking poles I use that double as monopods. Extremely light.

http://www.rei.com/product/745686

dixiemax
09-23-2008, 09:35 PM
lovely photos!

MsCntry
09-24-2008, 12:42 AM
As always terrific pictures!! I think they are right, the moose used you as a human salt lick while you were out!!:D I do hope you are feeling better though!! That must have really scared you that you passed out!! Don't you just hate it when your body gets ready for the "fight or flight" response, and then you fall like a brick? BTW...... I just got done studying that in my Anatomy & Physiology 1 class LOL.

iceclimber
09-24-2008, 09:33 AM
great pics.

Rich
09-24-2008, 04:20 PM
Thanks very much to everyone for the nice comments! I just love the colors of these meadows and bogs in early autumn. There is so much wildlife to see, especially at dawn and dusk, if you settle in and listen and look closely. And it's a great season for moose activity.


OK, so I'm coming up to hike with you soon. Where should I meet you?

Brad
09-24-2008, 08:35 PM
OK, so I'm coming up to hike with you soon. Where should I meet you?
Between the mating moose and the loon that is being chased by a beaver.