Moose

It was a cold morning, the sunrise was not what I was hoping for, so I decided to go for a walk along the river, going in and out of the forest next to it. With each hour it was getting warmer, I could hear the birds  every now and then going through the forest. Too high in the trees for pictures. I looked in the distance, something was looking toward me, a male moose. I started to move, it moved, and soon it was out of view. Ten minutes later I was on at a higher elevation, and could see another male moose, it was younger and eating plants from the river's bottom. This moose did not look toward me and soon left. As I was eating and now taking in the warmth from the sun, I could hear not too far from me something was moving to the left of me, first through the snow and then trough the river. The forest I was standing by was blocking my view. Soon after the first moose I saw that day or another moose of the same size was standing across the river, about 110 meters front of me, looking at me. It crossed the river and was still looking at me. I was ready to move away quickly if needed, it was the rut season and the bulls are not too happy around this time. The bull walked past the small trees into the open and was still looking toward me. Still safe distance, I moved out of the trees for the moose to have a good look at me. It stood still and looked at me for a minute and then started walking toward the river to the right of me. That's when I started taking pictures of the male. It did not look back, crossed the river and then faded into the forest.

Moose

Moose

Moose like other wildlife have been dealing with more snow and cooler temperatures much earlier this year. Even with warmer days coming up tomorrow, much of their food has fallen to the ground. The moose will start eating twigs sooner then later.

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Moose

Toward the end of rut season I came across this bull moose. He was near a female, who was with her calf. I was in my car, all three looked toward me, I parked the car on the side of the road and watched them. They stopped looking toward me and went back to their normal behaviour. I got few pictures before another car stopped near mine, they rolled down their windows and loud excited voices came out. Just like that the three moose were gone.

Moose

Moose

The ever protective mother kept an eye on me, always making sure her calf was safe. She had nothing to worry about, I was about 50 meters away and had no plans to get any closer. The view was clear and my lens was easily able to reach the two moose.

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Moose

It's not always a bad thing when the plans you had for your days off get changed at the last minute. In this case it was the location where the hike was going to take place. On the way to the alternative hike, a mother moose and two calves were spotted.  Most often a female moose will have one calf, but not uncommon for a cow to give birth to twins. For the cow there are big challenges trying to get one calf to survive through its first year, with twins even harder. Finding food is not the problem, but dealing with harsh winter and predators is. Moose populations and nutrition play a role if a cow will have twins. With better  foraging area and lesser moose population, the chances are increased birth will be given to twins. On the day the picture was taken, the twins were busy eating and staying close to their ever protective mom.

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Moose

I was on my way to a hike when I came across a moose with two calves. They were busy eating around willow shrubs. I had few trees and shrubs between us, moving side to side to get a clear pictures of the three. I came close but never did get a picture of all three in the open, as individuals, this one of one of the calf was the best one.

Moose

Moose

The mother is there from the time the calf is born. Helping to locate and eat food, providing safety from predators. Helping to get you through the  first winter. Helping to survive all the challenges nature and at times human throw at the calf. Then just as the calf starts getting closer to being a year old, the mother turns on her calf. Becoming aggressive and starts charging, trying to drive the calf away. The mother  is pregnant and needs all her energy to look after the new calf that will be born soon. After several days of pushing, this calf moved on.

Moose

Moose

It has been a good year for seeing moose for me this year and also seeing them in different places in the park. Getting close-ups and also pictures from distance in their habitats. In this case it was the moose with her calf again, the calf is out of the picture.

Moose

Moose and Mount Rundle

Mount Rundle is one of the most photographed mountain in Banff National Park, throughout the day and during the nights. Pictures are taken from few different location, but most are from the Vermilion Lakes, which are easily accessible by foot, bike and by a vehicle. Summer is the season when the mountain gets the most attention, but lately more and more during the other seasons as well. My favourite time to take pictures of the mountain is when there is drama in the sky and the water is still during sunrises and sunsets. But every now and then a great opportunity presents it self during the middle of the day. 

 


Until next moment, 

Amar

Moose and Mount Rundle

Moose

The calf still enjoying the safety of its mom, if the mother is pregnant, the calf will be pushed away in few months. For now life is good and with warmer weather better food is on its way.

Until next moment,

Amar

Moose

Moose

For moose winter is about suffering and overcoming that suffering. Moose can handle cold, their large body is made just for that. It's about the food or more accurately the lack of nutritious food.  Twigs are the main part of their winter diet, nowhere close to providing the nutrients they get from eating leaves during the summer. Now add the challenge of moving through the deep snow to get at the twigs. So it's no wonder that moose lose weight each day during the winter. But at the end of this winter as end of all winters, most will live to see spring. 

Until next moments, 

Amar

Moose

Moose

We are well into 2017, its time to look back at 2016, through pictures. Taking place on Saturday, February the 11th, from 7 to 9 PM at the Cave and Basin NHS, the birthplace of our national parks, in Banff. Come join me as I share some of my favourite pictures from 2016 and the stories that go with them, for $3.90 per person. 

Until next moment, 
 

Amar

Moose

Moose

The calf was keeping a close eye on its mother, from the time the calf is born and can walk, a strong bond is formed between the calf and its mother. The mother showing what to eat, where to eat and providing safety. The mother will do just about anything to protect its calf. When the mother is getting ready to give birth again, all will change, she will then push her calf away.

Until next moment,

Amar

Moose

Moose

It was a surprise coming across these two moose, a mother and her calf, they have a look as if they were surprised by me in turn, as if they were up to no good. Earlier that day a truck had dropped a bit of dirt while going by on this small side road. For moose as for other members of the deer family, winters are a big challenge for survival. There is very little to eat, and what there is provides very little energy. They are hungry, waiting for spring when food will be available that will help them gain the weight they lost over the winter. So when they come across some dirt that may have minerals their body needs, its worth getting down on their knees for it. 

Until next moment, 

Amar

Moose

Moose

This bull moose was making its way through the meadow full of willow shrubs. It was toward the end of the day, perhaps he was done with eating and resting in the open, it was time to head into the woods for the night. 

Until next moment,

Amar

Moose

Moose

After being out there for couple of hours, I started to head back when the snow started to fall. As I came around a turn, there front of me separated by 10 meters of shrubs and small trees were two moose, a mother and her calf. The calf was surprised and moved back, I moved back as well and watched to see the mother's reaction. She looked at me for few seconds and then went back to eating. I moved further back and watched her and the nervous calf who had her ears pointed at me and looked at her mother to decide what to do.  The calf was only about half a year old and was still learning a lot from her mother. Noticing her mother felt safe, the cafe made her way back to the safety of her mom. I standing there in the snow storm,  took few pictures before leaving the two twig eaters. 

Until next moment,

Amar

Moose

Moose

I was taking picture of a moose calf with its mother nearby. It was end of the day when I came across both of them, at first the calf moved away while the mother stayed put. Soon the calf started to walk towards it mother, as I was taking its pictures, the mother popped her head front of my camera.I guess she wanted some attention as well.

Until next moment,

Amar

Moose

Moose

Winter is here in force, it was a clear morning but by the time I came across this female moose, snow was falling. I played it safe, keeping my distance while trying to get a picture of her through the shrubs and the falling snow. After she had a look at me, she went on eating.

Until next moment,

Amar

Moose

Moose

This young moose stopped eating to look over in my direction, all members of the deer family are enjoying the green vegetation provided by the warmer weather. This is the time when they start gaining weight, the energy they will need during the next winter. With the calving season here, for the female even more important the food they need is here.

Until next moment,

Amar

Moose