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forestgnome
08-19-2010, 11:51 PM
I smell autumn :D I was going to stalk moose on a logging road off the Kancamagus after work but on the way there was a bull holding court for a crowd of happy visitors roadside. I took a few pics...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_3908aaa.jpg




After a while he walked back into the trees and the crowd dispersed :) I was ready and waiting for this. I headed in and caught up to him as he made his way into a another clearing and I spent the next two hours with him...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_4036aaa.jpg





The wildflowers of late August portend the magical season just ahead. I could smell autumn...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_4045aaa.jpg




After grazing for a long time he turned and headed right toward me. I was on my knees and I just watched as he came right up to me and sniffed at me. The heart was thumping a bit. This is not cropped at 19mm.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_4061aaa.jpg





Then he laid down for a break in a nice patch of goldenrod. Sometimes persistence finally yeilds great rewards...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_4159aaa.jpg




I laid down quite close to him for a while and he was quite comfortable with me. I tried my moose calls on him and he gave me a few weird looks but otherwise just dozed and rested. I slowly rolled over and crawled, one move at a time, until I was about 8' away. I definately do not recommend doing this. It's probably dangerous, although I don't sense it at the time.

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_4148aaa.jpg




Here's my favorite. I made a moose call and he lifted his nose to sniff me yet again...

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_4104aaa.jpg




happy trails :)

BAXTERCA2
08-20-2010, 02:34 AM
You are one lucky man, thanks for sharing the pics. Another great set!

CHRIS
08-20-2010, 07:04 AM
He is a beautiful Bull. I do believe they are passing the word around about you. Thats why they are so relaxed around you. Great shots and Thanks for sharing.

Snow Miser
08-20-2010, 07:33 AM
Incredible shots Patrick! That must have been some experience. Chris is right, they are passing the word around that you are not a threat to them.:) Thanks for sharing!

Anna LeBlanc
08-20-2010, 08:21 AM
Thanks for the unbelievable pictures Patrick,I don't know if I would be able to stay still if one got that close to me.You definitely have a most special way with them.:D

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Anna

Brad
08-20-2010, 11:28 AM
Okay - we need a video of Patrick laying in a field of flowers doing moose calls.

Charlie
08-20-2010, 09:15 PM
WOW that is so nice you are part Moose for sure
thanks

KSearl
08-20-2010, 09:29 PM
Great pics...I don't know how you find these guys! Thanks for sharing.

Karl

mtruman
08-21-2010, 09:28 PM
All I can do is shake my head. What a gift to inspire such trust in these guys. He's absolutely amazing! Some of your best shots (and one of the best stories to go with it) yet.

KathyC
08-22-2010, 08:10 AM
I totally agree with Mark, it really is a gift and love the stories that go along with it. Just Amazing!!!

JimS
08-22-2010, 01:15 PM
Yup...that's perfection in Bull Moose! Great series, but this is killer!

http://i96.photobucket.com/albums/l190/forestgnome/IMG_4104aaa.jpg

1HappyHiker
08-22-2010, 08:37 PM
Patrick . . . I don't know if there is a word for "beyond awesome" . . . perhaps it is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious . . . but whatever . . . I really enjoy your photos!
As others have said, you have a gift. It's wonderful that you are sharing it with us.

Addicted
08-25-2010, 04:51 PM
Dude, you are crazy! I tried chasing a moose into the woods once to get pics, but I was drunk and smarter heads prevailed! ...And I was afraid to get too close to a big fat freaky looking spider the other day and get a close up. Amazing for sure!

Charlie
08-25-2010, 08:55 PM
i dont think he is chasing them in the woods
he is one with the Moose , walks as a Moose ,talkes as a Moose ,smells like a Moose :-)

He is part Moose

BAXTERCA2
08-25-2010, 09:07 PM
i dont think he is chasing them in the woods
he is one with the Moose , walks as a Moose ,talkes as a Moose ,smells like a Moose :-)

He is part Moose

Charlie ~
That's funny and colorful too. Hope Patrick thinks it's funny too.

forestgnome
08-25-2010, 09:26 PM
Hah! :) "smells like a moose"... now that has me thinking... how could I......;) Good stuff, Charlie :) Thanks to all for the nice comments. I feel very lucky every time I'm among these beautiful animals.

KathyC
08-26-2010, 05:03 AM
Patrick, you are very lucky and like many have said before you have a great gift. And I think that we are all thrilled that you share it with us.

(PS. Look in his other thread about the Doe, she smelled him. LOL):p