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forestgnome
09-09-2009, 10:43 PM
Autumn!!! :):):)



I saw two bulls in a beaver bog today. A few swamp maples are brilliant red. The moose are in the rut. Life is good.

The moose were positioned so that I had a very long way to go to get close enough to observe and photograph. I decided to try to mimic the sound of a cow moose as I approached so they wouldn't go into the woods. It worked.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/181aaa-1.jpg




http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/158aaa.jpg




http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/173aaa.jpg




We can see that he has recently rubbed off the velvet from his antlers. There's still a little bit left. Also, I think he's...excited...yikes :o


http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/168aaa.jpg




happy autumn :)

KathyC
09-10-2009, 05:08 AM
Unbelievable Patrick, what great pictures as usual.

I love the fall, I can't wait for my annual trip up to No. Conway in October...:)

CHRIS
09-10-2009, 08:01 AM
Totally awesome shots. I love the reflections in the water. Thanks for sharing.

Anna LeBlanc
09-10-2009, 08:22 AM
Agree completely,Fall is definitely the best time of the year.Terrific pictures again.I only wish my animal shots were as good as yours Patrick.We make too much noise when we hike for me to be able to get the incredible pictures that you do.:o

Patrad Fischroy
09-10-2009, 12:07 PM
Anna,
It is not how much noise you make, it's the kind of noise you make.

From Patrick's post

"I decided to try to mimic the sound of a cow moose as I approached so they wouldn't go into the woods. It worked."

:)

Snow Miser
09-10-2009, 06:53 PM
I agree also, fall in the best time of year! So many good things to enjoy like the colorful leaves, harvest type foods, and cool temperatures.:)

Great shots Patrick. Do you ever get nervous that one of the bulls might charge you now that they're in the rut? Especially if you're making the sounds of a cow?:eek: I do some hiking down here where it's common to get within say 20 to 30 feet of the deer, and recently I have been really looking over my shoulder as I pass the bucks. They don't seem to have any fear of us right now.

M_Six
09-10-2009, 08:58 PM
Oh, how I miss autumn in New England. Just not the same around here.

Great pics as always, Patrick. Keep 'em coming.

Bretton Woods Brat
09-11-2009, 06:51 AM
Your to funny Patrick! Looks like he's ;) batting his eyes at you! hahaha
Happy Fall!

forestgnome
09-11-2009, 06:56 AM
Thanks much! Yes, I do constantly have a bail-out plan. In this case, they were on the other side of a small pond so even if he started toward me it would be an easy escape.

Here's the pair of them before the other one went back into the woods. He still has his velvet.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/095aaa.jpg

Snow Miser
09-11-2009, 07:48 PM
Do you know if they compete for the same female like elk and other antlered animals do? And if so, have you ever seen that when you've been out there?

1HappyHiker
09-11-2009, 09:19 PM
Autumn is magical, and it seems to last but a brief moment, whereas other seasons seem to last much longer.

Anyway . . . I particularly love your first photo with the reflection of the moose in the pond.

Thank you Patrick for sharing your magical moments with us!:)

mtruman
09-12-2009, 12:22 PM
These guys are truly majestic! No matter how many times I see your photos Patrick I will continue to be amazed. We've go plans to be back in NH and VT at least 3-4 more times this fall and I'm really hoping that we're finally going to break the "moose repellent" jinx.

Snow Miser
09-12-2009, 01:09 PM
These guys are truly majestic! No matter how many times I see your photos Patrick I will continue to be amazed. We've go plans to be back in NH and VT at least 3-4 more times this fall and I'm really hoping that we're finally going to break the "moose repellent" jinx.

I'm sure you have heard of Moose Alley at the tip of Route 3. It's a bit of a drive, but I think only once have we been let down and came back without seeing at least one.

KathyC
09-13-2009, 08:36 AM
I've been lucky lots of times on the Kancamagus to see them.