Ripples and Reflection

During my trip to Grand Teton National Park in the summer of 2009, I had several things on my checklist. A moose in a body of water was at the top of the list. It was the last day of our trip; my wife and I were heading out of the park for the evening. Disappointment had begun to set in.

Just then, to my exhilaration, my wife and I noticed something moving in a pond just off the roadside. We quickly pulled over and saw this young male moose snacking in the water. According to the GPS data, this part of the park was closest to the town, aptly named, Moose, Wyoming (I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried).

Moose are known to be nasty creatures and have little tolerance for humans. As the crowd observing him grew, what I found amazing, was how curious he was of his audience. He really could care less that we were there and he even seemed, at times, to play to the crowd. Add to this, the moose appeared to enjoy blowing bubbles in the water as he did this numerous times (I kid you not).

As a wildlife photographer, I could not ask for much more than that. I feel very fortunate to have come across this gorgeous animal and get to cross off the number one goal on my list. It really was a great trip.

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