A really great idea for a travel theme, thanks Ailsa! Check out all the other entries over on her blog: Where’s My Backpack?.
Last fall I was shooting sunrise at the ever-popular Maroon Lake in the Colorado Rockies. As usual I let the other photographers go on their way and lazed around drinking coffee and soaking up some gorgeous sunshine. I decided to walk down to a little pond near the main lake and look for some abstract or macro shots. The sun was well up by this time and the light full of contrast. So I was in no hurry. I stalled for a few more minutes, cleaning lenses and fiddling with gear.
While I had my back turned a visitor showed up. When I turned around and saw her, I was surprised to say the least! I had no idea moose frequented this area. Change of plan: instead of a lazy stroll, now it was a crouching stalk! Which was probably not necessary; she didn’t seem too bothered by my presence. As the last picture shows, she was after a sweet (if soggy) mid-morning snack. She wasn’t about to let some clumsy human with a camera ruin it either!