LIfe at High Altitude in Colorado

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.

-Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (1927-1989)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

A Tale of Two Moose - Our World

Fall gives way to winter in Breckenridge, CO.



A cow moose and her yearling calf
pay us a visit.


They browse in our yard,
feasting on dried fireweed.


The cow is protective of her calf.
She raises her head as I click the photos -
I am on my deck,
ready to retreat into the house if necessary.


 Moose are the largest of the deer species.
Males weigh over 1,000 lbs (453 kg) when full-grown.
Females weigh up to 800 lbs (362 kg)
Calves weigh about 35 pounds (15 kg) when born but grow quickly.
Within 5 days, a calf can outrun a human.
Adult moose can run for short spurts up to 35 miles an hour (56 Km).


The Moose in our yard departed
when the neighbor's dog started harassing them.
But, not before Mama charged the dog,
letting me see exactly how fast she could run!

Our World

51 comments:

  1. Amazing and wonderful to have these animals in your very own yard! They are so ungainly and yet graceful at the same time. We've only seen a few of them in our travels, but two times were in the RMNP.

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  2. Oh my!
    Such wonderful shots!
    What awesome visitors you had, Barb

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  3. Wow, those are amazing guests. I'm so sorry that the dog harassed them... but I'm glad that you got to watch them before that.

    I saw a mom and two calves a few weeks ago. They seemed very calm around people but, like you, I was ready to flee to safety asap!

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  4. Moose - or elk as we call them in Europe - always astound me. Wonderful shots! (Like you, I treat them with respect. The dog was lucky not to get trampled.)

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  5. Hi,Barb,
    Wonderful photos!!
    You have such lovely visitors! I am sorry those quiet animals were surprised by the dog and ran away. I hope they will visit you again.
    Tomoko

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  6. A great photo story. Fancy having Moose so close to your deck, amazing. Snow already?

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  7. Wow! These are great shots! I've been wanting to see a moose in person - not yer, but I'm still hopeful.

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  8. I saw a video years ago from Alaska, I think, where a moose was hanging about on the main street of the town in front of stores. He was harassed by people walking by. They poked and hit and he took it for some time, then, without warning, he reared back and killed one of them with his hooves. Most enlightening.

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  9. Bear, Moose, all in the same week or so for you Barb. What a wilderness you live in. I love moose. They may not be the prettiest critters when just grazing but I love how they move. All that animal moving quickly.

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  10. I am very impressed with your pictures. Years ago a male moose fell in love with a cow (Jessica, I think) on a farm in Shrewsbury, Vt, which is near where I lived at the time. It caused quite the sensation at the time. Both Mike and my son have come face to face with moose while hiking but they all left each other alone. Still, it was quite the treat.

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  11. So glad you stayed a safe distance. You obviously respect their danger. . I saw a new report one night years ago about a moose attack . It actually showed a moose jumping on a man right in the street in a small town. At first I thought if comical till they said the moose killed the man. Yikes.They can be dangerous.

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  12. Beautiful shots, Barb. These two look really healthy with very pretty fur. That dog was lucky that Mama Moose didn't get to him.

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  13. More great photos, Barb! The snow looks good with the foliage, doesn't it? That second photo would make an awesome Christmas card. I think that your moose are larger than ours.

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  14. The first photo is beautiful! I love snow pictures. Fun to see the moose feeding in your yard. I would be a bit wary of them too.

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  15. Such a nice tribute to the moose -- you make them look so good! Your first photo is breath-taking!

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  16. You live in a gorgeous albeit cold and snowy more so than not.

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  17. how breathtaking, I am so happy that you share this amazing encounter with us...indeed you have already a lot of snow....brrrr! greetings to the moose family! and happy rest of the week:-)

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  18. THOSE are great shots... a close encounter of the moose kind!

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  19. These are such amazing photo. I cool to get Moose visiting. I wanted to see Moose while we were up in the Grand Tetons but never did. Maybe we need to head to Colorado. :)

    Hugs~

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  20. Fun, wonderful captures for the day!! I love them!! We're still having sunny, warm weather in Portland! Amazing to see the snow!! Have a great week -- all of you!!

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  21. I find them to be such majestic creatures!

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  22. Great pictures, Barb, - wise to be wary. My family in the Cariboo country are familiar with visiting moose, but they also keep their distance.

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  23. What beautiful creatures they are, Barb, and you have photographed them so wonderfully.
    I've only seen a moose just one time. It was HUGE.

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  24. wow how amazing to have moose coming into your yard. Do they do any damage?...I have just seen where you live - it must be amazing. Thankyou for taking us there. Have a wonderful week. I am joining you through Our World Tuesday.

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  25. How wonderful to see in your own backyard!

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  26. Wonderful shots. They are having a great time.

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  27. Truly exciting to see them so close and free. Great shots!

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  28. Creatures to be viewed from afar I think. Wonderful photos. Thank-you for your comments on my blog re: Henry Moore.

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  29. Oh MY these photos are stunning and how fantastic to have these beautiful creatures in your back yard! :)

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  30. They are so fascinating. And to have them in your back yard...incredible.

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  31. How wonderful to have these beauties grazing in your yard! I know they can be dangerous but after all, they are wild animals and we are in their territory. The autumn leaves are spectacular against the snow Barb. Such a wonderful place to live.

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  32. Barb, they are so beautiful! You know, I'm not a winter person, but when I see your images, I just want to BE there! How majestic they are!

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  33. We were able to photograph a number of moose when we lived in the Colorado Rockies, but never this close. How exciting!

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  34. What magnificent beasts! They are around here but seldom seen. Love your photos!!

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  35. Wow! What fabulous photos! They would make gorgeous illustrations in a book; maybe a children's book.

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  36. Oh my gosh- what a fantastic sight to see- great shots and yea- I would have hung close to the porch too!

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  37. Such wonderful photos, Barb! You are right to be cautious around a mother Moose.

    I've seen moose in Maine and in Yellowstone National Park, but I haven't seen any in Colorado as yet. I hoped I would spot some in Rocky Mountain NP, but I wasn't in their favorite meadow at the right time of the day.

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  38. What a beautiful post, such beautiful scenery.

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  39. WOW! THESE LOOK LIKE CHRISTMAS CARDS! They are so pretty. You did such a great job with them. What an amazing thing to see.

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  40. I have never seen one in the wild, what a treat an honor it is to watch them up close like that!

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  41. Looks like an adventurous world you live in.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  42. If I lived there, I would love seeing the moose, too. Here in Virginia, I get my excitement from the deer who visit my backyard.

    Thanks for telling us the interesting "moose facts."

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  43. What a cool yard visitor!!! and thanks for all that info! I never knew!

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  44. I have to travel north to see a moose so I'm a tad jealous that you have taken these great photos!

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  45. Catching up a bit on your wonderful photos and words. I would be quite wary of moose visitors - glad to hear you made sure you had a quick exit from the situation. But I am also delighted you took the time to take such amazing shots. - in answer to your piano question on my blog - I am not a pianist, though I took lessons many years ago as a child. I stick with my recorders. It's hard enough to try to play one set of instruments well!

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  46. Wow, you have a lot of snow already!
    Mama moose scare me. Nice that you could watch and take your photos from a safe place.

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  47. Wonderful experience of seeing the Moose visit you. I love the casual way she just munches with her eyes alert. I had an experience- one on one with a LARGE moose when I was a teenager. It was a neat encounter but I was lucky the moose was tolerant and not interested in protecting anything. I stood transfixed but finally decided I'd better retreat...

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  48. What a wonderful sight! in your own backyard! I have seen moose only a few times, usually far away.

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  49. Hello, Barb,
    I am visiting your post again. Actually I read a sad article in a weekly English paper today. It is about Moose living in America, especially in Minnesota. It is written that they have been facing difficulties to survive due to recent climate changes. The article reminded me of your Moose. I just wanted write for many innocent animals and your Moose. I hope they will visit you again.
    I have been busy on the go but I am fine. I hope you and your family are doing well. See you Next Year!
    Take care!
    Tomoko

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