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Old 09-16-2008, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Central & coastal FL
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This is one big animal. Much to my amazement, instead of running away, he continued walking towards me and came within 10'. These pictures are taken with a wide-angle lens!

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kdog, here I thought I was crazy for shooting gators with a wide angle. Looks like I don't have the sole claim to crazy unless you cheated and shot from the safety of your vehicle??? Fess up...
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:43 AM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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kdog, here I thought I was crazy for shooting gators with a wide angle. Looks like I don't have the sole claim to crazy unless you cheated and shot from the safety of your vehicle??? Fess up...
Thanks for the kind comments, Nomad, Alpha, Bibit and Redhawk.

Nomad, believe me, I was outside the car and a little bit nervous -- especially when that big fella walked right toward me. That picture was taken at 24mm focal length, which tells you how close I was. I had to keep backing away from him. The bull elk was in the county park. Evidently the elk have figured out that there's no hunting allowed in the park and seem unafraid of people. That first female on the road up the mountain was 1/2 mile outside the park or more. So that was a surprise how calm they were as well. They're not there all the time either; they come and go. I've only seen them like this twice in dozens of times I've visited there. The first time I ever saw them was the first time I ever visited the park. It was well before dawn, and there was a flock or 20 or more of them milling around near the entrance to the park. It was dark, and these huge shapes were moving all around the car in the shadows. It was surreal and somewhat scary.
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Old 09-16-2008, 04:06 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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Who needs the telly? These were shot today, in my yard:
http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/6067/043reta5.jpg (broken link)









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Old 09-16-2008, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Central & coastal FL
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Unreal. Well not for you but for those of trapped thousands of miles away. I think having one of these critters to rock me in a hammock would be really cool.
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Old 09-16-2008, 04:47 PM
 
Location: NW Arkansas
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Highlandlady, How much damage do those moose do to things in your yard?
I think I prefer the white tail deer. We saw 25 or thirty in a field about a mile from our house sunday evening.
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Old 09-16-2008, 05:22 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Gosh, HL, those are a riot, and excellent shots.

Did you see that funny youtube video going around of the baby moose playing in the lawn sprinkler?
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:11 PM
 
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It was on the way to a hike in the mountains that we spotted this female elk on the side of the road in the early morning hours.


Surprisingly instead of running, she turned to look at me taking her picture.


Then she focused her gaze across the street at something.


After all, a mother's first concern is her kid.


We were still reeling in the good-fortune to have had such a close encounter with elk, when we spotted this bull elk moseying between some park maintenance vehicles. Notice the height of its antlers with respect to the bed of the dump truck.


This is one big animal. Much to my amazement, instead of running away, he continued walking towards me and came within 10'. These pictures are taken with a wide-angle lens!




Then he strolled nonchalantly past the car...


and started eating a tree.


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Kdog,
These photos are amazing. SO sharp, great work. What beautiful, healthy animals. Nice work.
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:20 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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Kdog,
These photos are amazing. SO sharp, great work. What beautiful, healthy animals. Nice work.
Thank you, m'Lady. You're too kind.
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:32 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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Highlandlady, How much damage do those moose do to things in your yard?
I think I prefer the white tail deer. We saw 25 or thirty in a field about a mile from our house sunday evening.
Well, not too much...I recently moved here and didn't have time to establish a garden...then that would've been a buffet! I've seen them mainly in the forest of my property, but once in a while Mama Moose brings her young out to forage...and in this case, play. He didn't damage the hammock - more tried to figure it out. He had it rocking back and forth and it smacked him a few times, causing a minor stramash - he'd run off and buck and snort then return for more
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:34 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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Gosh, HL, those are a riot, and excellent shots.

Did you see that funny youtube video going around of the baby moose playing in the lawn sprinkler?
Thank you! And yes, I've seen it. We haven't had to utilize the lawn sprinklers this year so they had to make due with the hammock
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