Sometimes They Sneak Up on You…

It’s cold at 9,500 feet on a late September morning in the Gravelly Mountains – I’m glad for my down coat and warm coffee.    We’re sitting on a little ridge overlooking the pond we camped near last night, waiting for the sun to warm us up.   Yesterday evening a Bald Eagle stopped by for a drink, along with a young hawk who checked us out but was too spooked by our fire to actually come in for a landing.

Evening fire.

Evening fire.





RSCN2628RSCN2629RSCN2762RSCN2760So far this morning, though, no one’s come to visit.

Squinting into the rising sun starts hurting my eyes, so I turn my back on the pond and check out the meadows and mountains to the west of us.    It occurs to me that I’ve left my camera in the camper, but I’m too lazy to go get it.

I’m lost in a daydream when I become aware of an odd grunting noise behind me – from the direction of the pond.  I turn and squint into the sun.    A moose!  Having a morning drink at the pond!

He knows I’m there, but lets me go back to the camper and get my camera before he calmly heads out.

I was in such a rush to get my first photos that I failed to notice how perfectly he was reflected in the water.  Oh well –   I do like that you can see his breath.


He circled our camp, crossed into the big meadow and headed off into the forest.  Not a bad way to start the morning!







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Hello. I'm Cindy, and I love to hike, bike and explore the outdoors - particularly the western U.S.
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22 Responses to Sometimes They Sneak Up on You…

  1. avian101 says:

    How precious views you have there Cindy. I wish I was there! 🙂

  2. Wonderful captures of both birds and moose….that reflection looks so crystal clear 🙂
    I’m so glad he waited for you to get your camera!

  3. Mind Margins says:

    I love the last photo with the moose against the mountains in the background, heading back to who knows where. Thought of you this summer when we traveled to Michigan and the Arkansas Ozarks instead of going to Wyoming and Montana (husband’s choice). It just wasn’t the same, not heading out west to my “other home!”

  4. Jeff Katzer says:

    Ok, that does it I’m gonna head over to NE Washington and photograph some moose… Oh, and I have been enjoying your History Blog too. Very interesting! I still think we might have been identical twins, separated at birth 🙂

  5. Such a powerful animal, the King of the Woods!

  6. Lyle Krahn says:

    That’s an amazing morning. I really like the idea of wild animals knowing you’re there and still letting you photograph. Of course when you’re that big …

  7. montucky says:

    What good luck, the moose visit!

  8. Janet says:

    I am always in awe of the trips and photos you take.

  9. Jean says:

    Am envious –I have yet to see a moose. Plus white hair mountain goat, northern lights in our area..

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