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!

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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