Travel Theme: Unexpected   15 comments

A really great idea for a travel theme, thanks Ailsa!  Check out all the other entries over on her blog: Where’s My Backpack?.

Maroon Lake in the Colorado Rockies at dawn.

Maroon Lake in the Colorado Rockies at dawn.

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.

Maroon Bells in Late Fall I

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!

The Maroon Bells near Aspen Colorado receive an autumn visitor.

The Maroon Bells near Aspen Colorado receive an autumn visitor.

Water plants, yum!

Water plants, yum!

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15 responses to “Travel Theme: Unexpected

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  1. Wow! Wonderful capture of the moose in those beautiful surroundings.

  2. Stunning…..we were just at the Maroon Bells a few weeks ago. Now I need to go back in search of a moose. Sounds like a good excuse to me. Great captures 🙂

  3. What a striking image.

  4. That is stunning. Funny how a well-placed moose changes everything in a scene.

  5. Wow! These are so me of my favorites!

  6. Nice surprise indeed! Great shots. Mooses are nice animals – but up close they are really frightfully big.

  7. What a delight to unexpectedly see this beauty. We spent two years in Yellowstone and it took a side trip to the Tetons for us to finally see a moose. We definitely have to get to the Maroon Bells…gorgeous! 🙂

  8. Unexpected and beautiful. How nice that she wasn’t concerned with your presence. I love the color in that first shot you took at dawn as well.

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