08.24.2019 My Saturday morning surprise

I decided to take another shot at Mount Monadnock from the vantage point behind the New Salem fire station.  It’s a nice clear shot if one walks down the hill a bit from the area behind the  fire station that most folks watch the sunrise from…complete with pickanick tables. While doing that I heard some low noises and thought they might be a turkey’s grumblings. I continued shooting the mountain and then climbed back up to the tables.  A noise to my right got my attention and this was my surprise.

It’s not a very good shot with too slow an exposure so has motion blur.  But this was a big boy!  I’d say we were about 50-75 feet apart and he wasn’t too concerned but a little curious, I think.  After some munching he wandered off before I got another chance to correct my mistake. But it was great to see him.  Maybe we’ll meet again.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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34 Responses to 08.24.2019 My Saturday morning surprise

  1. Hokie smokes! Great shot!

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  2. shoreacres says:

    What’s a little motion blur between friends — particularly when this is the friend who’s shown up? I think it’s a marvelous photo; of course, it’s my opinion that it’s better to capture something like this imperfectly than to miss it by futzing with the camera. I hope you do see him again. Those antlers are impressive, and he does seem to be exhibiting a kind of casual curiosity.

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    • I should be cute about it and say I was trying to capture the motion as he turned to look at me. I appreciate your philosophy about getting a shot rather than not. At least I did record the experience but I expect a little better.
      He is a large guy. Their range is spreading but this was one of the largest moose I’ve seen, even having come across some good size bulls in Maine. They are not hunted here yet, so can roam with casual impunity. I hope it stays that way.

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  3. That is a one big animal and I well imagine that he was one big surprise. Actually that is not a bad shot considering that you had no time to set up for that huge fella.

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  4. Ms. Liz says:

    Huge! That’s some surprise and I’m glad you got the shot!

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  5. So I guess 50–75 feet was enough to make you feel safe, especially as the moose seemed pretty nonchalant.

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  6. I think the tiny bit of motion blur works just fine, what a creature! Hard to believe it can grow antlers like that in one season. I’ve heard about moose sightings from relatives in Maine, but honestly had no idea there was a population in Massachusetts. They reestablished in NY a few decades ago, and there was a huge ruckus over some leaked DEC memos discussed stocking more of them in the Adirondacks. This is indeed a big boy!

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    • We have a herd in the Quabbin of around 100, which means that I should see more of them. They are not hunted here yet but still remain a bit wary of us. That’s probably for the best. Although I wouldn’t agree with those who ruckussed, they can be a hazard in the road. I’ve had a couple run out in front of me as I headed up Hwy 202 to North Quabbin. And, of course, there are some who are afraid of them simply because they are wild animals.

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  7. What an exciting encounter!!! Look at those antlers….glorious.

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    • Exciting indeed. This was my closest encounter, my only actually, here in Western Massachusetts. When I saw my first moose in Maine back in 1983 a close encounter was not unusual. They had not quite started the moose hunt then so they were unafraid of humans and came close. Big as they are a moose would go where ever he wished. I almost got trampled by one that year. Just casually waltzing through the woods, snapping saplings as he went and once he decided to walk into the pond nothing in his way deterred him, not even a photographer peering into his viewfinder. 🙂

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  8. Andrew says:

    Those are very fine antlers indeed. I must get on to Amazon and see if they have any that would fit me. 😎

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  9. It’s that kind of encounter that can make one’s day!

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  10. bluebrightly says:

    Serious headgear! Wow. Yes, show the photos and tell the story, even if it’s not perfect. This one has an impact! Lucky you.

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    • There’s a reason those are called a rack. Yes, I was very lucky. Others have seen moose in the Quabbin area as well as other parts of WMass. I’ve seen a few along the highway, with one close call, but on foot this was a first.

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      • bluebrightly says:

        Are moose in Mass relatively recent phenomena, i.e. I assume they’ve been seen once in a while for decades, but are their numbers increasing?

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      • Yes and no. There had been moose in Massachusetts long ago but they moved north or just dwindled here. But their numbers have been increasing recently. I believe the number in MA now is around 1000 with 100 or so in Quabbin.

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      • bluebrightly says:

        That’s quite a lot! I thought it might be a case of the numbers beginning to creep back up. It’s really impressive that such creatures can be comfortable enough to be increasing in numbers in locations that aren’t that far from “civilization.” Thanks Steve.

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      • They are still not hunted here, although there are some petitioning for the opportunity. Moose are somewhat secretive anyway, but a few shots will make them more so.

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  11. melissabluefineart says:

    Oh my goodness, Steve~who cares if there is a little motion blur? This is just so awesome. I hope you do meet again, some day.

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    • Yeah, for sharing on my blog it is good enough, but I think of printing when I make an image like this so that’s my complaint. But…since I am not a professional wildlife photographer I guess I should cut myself some slack. It was a great encounter. Thanks, Melissa.

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