This is really reaching back into the archives. In the summer of 1982 (yep, 32+ years ago) I visited Baxter State Park with my now pretty much life long friend (35+ years) Mark Picard. He invited me to experience moose and that we did. Their numbers have unfortunately dwindled due to a few problems…winter tick being a big one. They suck the moose relatively dry of blood leaving them weak and, for the most part, unable to survive once spring returns. Many scientists consider climate change to be behind the surge in the tick population.
If you wish, here is a PBS video about moose and ticks. It’s in New Hampshire, but equally applies to Maine.
Back to the image. This is about a 50% crop of the original transparency, most likely a Kodachrome K64, shot with a Canon F1n and a 300mm lens. That’s all I can tell you as, for some odd reason, film did not come with metadata.
This is also coupled with finding my first Beagle, Cassie, when I returned home from the trip. She had been abandoned and Mark encouraged me to adopt her. It was wonderful. A few months later Mary Beth and I got reacquainted and that is still going strong. 1982 was a very good year. I am happy to have taken you back there with me. :-)
If you are interested in photographing moose in Northern Maine, I highly recommend Mark’s workshops.