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December 11, 2011

A Little Moose Drama on Our Sunday Walk

On todays walk we encountered a momma moose, baby moose, fresh cougar tracks along with tracks from so much more wildlife and a quick  hello to the beaver.  Since our big dump of snow over 2 weeks ago we have not really had much new snow, but have had beautiful weather.  So I have had time for long walks a few times a week.  Always with camera in hand discovering new winter wonders which I mostly share at God's Garden of Nature. If you haven’t visited there already and enjoy nature and photography please stop in for a look. 

But on todays walk, hubby came along.  We were gone for a good 2 hours again venturing to our back field that is almost  a 1/2 mile from our house.  Half way there fresh cougar tracks were spotted. But we venture on seeing tracks from deer, moose, coyote, bobcat, squirrel, rabbit and grouse.  Finally reaching the back field I headed down to the creek wanting to see how it hand changed since fall and heard rustling in the bushes near by.

Now I knew the moose could be down here as fresh tracks were everywhere and this is the wintering ground for a mother moose that has had many young ones here over the years. And there she was.  Now some of these photos of the moose are not so good as I only have my small pocket camera which doesn’t zoom so good.

Photo by Here I Am/Carrie

Well at this point she and her young one were separated as the mother ran off up the valley leaving the baby moose behind. We decided to continue on as not to scare them any more. So on up the beautiful creek we went.

Photo by Here I Am/Carrie

A site to behold as winter has now taken hold and signs of fall are long gone.

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So glad we ventured here to see this frozen winter scene.  You can see many different animals tracks around here.

Photo by Here I Am/Carrie

Soon we came across more very fresh cougar tracks as we had a dusting of snow last night these had to be made just this morning.  Seems a huge cougar by the tracks.

Photo by Here I Am/Carrie

Also with this set we noticed this cougar had a younger one with her or possible 2.

Photo by Here I Am/Carrie

Leaving the creek and heading back along the road.

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Well on our return trip we took the road that borders our property when across the field on the hill side I saw the young moose trying to climb up the steep mountain side.  Seems her mother had circled around and was calling from above for the baby moose to come up to join her.  I couldn’t believe my eyes when suddenly the baby moose lost his footing on the steep terrain and tumbled down the mountain side for about 30 feet coming to a rest with his back against a tree and legs facing up hill.  A position in which a big animal like that can’t get his legs under him to get up.  In this photo he is right in the middle you can barely make him out against the tree.  Mother was above calling for him, he struggled a few times then just gave up.  My heart was broken I thought for sure he would never be able to get himself up right again. 

Photo by Here I Am/Carrie

Momma moose realizing her baby couldn’t get to her worked her way back down and was now just 25 feet below him on the valley bottom and continued to call to it.  Finally after 15 minutes he struggled again and was able to roll himself somehow and get himself up again.  Mother moose is just below now on level ground.  I was so happy.

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We watched as the baby moose very carefully descended down the steep bank.

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During all this a friend had come by on the road and we were all watching this take place.  Quiet cheers when the baby moose reached the bottom.

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Meanwhile momma moose just watched us the whole time.  Baby moose did not go join her while we were there but stayed hidden about 15 feet from her.  We decided it was time to let them alone again.

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Just in front of our place near a big beaver dam we were greeted my Mr. Beaver.

Photo by Here I Am/Carrie

So that was my natured filled day here.  All these animals are a normal part of our area, but to see so much in one day and so many animal tracks.  With that cougar in the area I won’t be venturing so far alone. Can’t believe just a few days before I was stomping all over the forest by myself.   Some people think I am crazy, but I know there is so much food available for all the wildlife here.  When there is an imbalance that is when I will be more concerned.  As the cougar may have a young one to feed as well I will be extra cautious.  But for now I have been so enjoying the weather and snow.  So nice to spend time outside that doesn’t involve work.  Seems in the summer there is always work to be done outside.  Of course there is all those little cleaning jobs that don’t get done in the summer that I am also trying to get done here in the house.  I have been keeping up with my yoga and enjoying it and limbering my body slowly.

So wishing everyone a beautiful day
and a
Good Morning…   Good Afternoon…  Good Night…
What ever it is to you

Photo & Words
by
Here I Am/Carrie

29 comments:

Horst in Edmonton said...

What a fantastic adventure you and your hubby had. Great photos. Thanks for letting us enjoy your day as well.

Stephen Craig Rowe said...

Dear Carrie, Amazing. As ever be well my dear friend

PolarBear said...

I love the snow... but I am no good with any animals... I only can cope with my own dog. I got two budgies still don't know how to pick them up or hold them. Enjoy the snow they are beautiful! Have a wonderful week ahead. Keep warm. Mei

Penny Whiteway said...

What a wonderful day out. So glad the young moose found his footing in the end.

Gerry said...

Neat pictures. I can't imagine living that close to those kinds of animals.

TexWisGirl said...

you really do have quite the wildlife haven there! poor little moose! so glad he was okay!

Becky said...

So exciting. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

wow what an adventure..... doesn't happen very often that you would see moose for such a long time and then to experience the little one falling and not being able to get back up on those spindly legs.... nice to have so much wildlife so close. enjoy your day...

Lisa RedWillow said...

Hi Carrie, I had to look a few times at the downed Moose and keep on reading. So glad it was up. My heart would sink and well you know.
Loved your view once again though your lens and you walk out. Good thing you can put you camera in your pocket and enjoy the beauty around you. Nothing like lugging camera gear in the bush and sometimes its fun and sometimes not. Glad your using Yoga and doing well.
Have a wonderful day.
Many Hugs
Lisa

Connie said...

Carrie, I really enjoyed hearing of your moose adventure. Especially since it had a happy ending. You are surrounded by so much beauty. I'm not crazy about snow, but your photos almost make me wish for some...only almost. :))

john bord said...

great story

magda said...

Breathless and very excited, I read with distress the text!
Fortunately he was saved now baby!
Because I love nature very much, I find it wonderful to live near her.
The pictures you are fantastic!
Many greetings and kisses

lisa said...

This is a wonderful series of photographs Carrie, and how fortunate you were to be able to photograph the moose. what a truly magnificent creature.
I wish you and your family a beautiful Holiday.

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Wow, sounds like a wonderful day. We saw a beautiful bobcat and thought we hit the jackpot, but you actually saw and photographed much more. Love looking at the snow. Hope you have a Merry Christmas.

Hope said...

Hi Carrie.. wow what an adventure.. my heart sunk at first with the baby moose.. so happy that it had a happy ending.. and how so very blessed you are to live where you do..glad to hear that your feeling somewhat better and that the yoga is helping.. I do so pray that you and your family have a very blessed and beautiful Christmas.. and thank you for stopping in and visiting me.. your visits always being in smiles and warmth.. much love and soft hugs..

Light-In-A-Box said...

Hello Carrie, You had me in suspense with the young moose, I was already cheering for it to get up & back with momma! Great pictures. Merry Christmas Carrie..

mystafied said...

Hi Carrie
Thank you for always making me smile and making my day just that bit brighter by sharing a part of your very beautiful world with me

Merry Christmas dear Carrie!

Gary xox

Arti said...

That must have been quite adventurous. And so glad for the moose family!!!
The snow scenery is amazing too, loved the pics.
Have a fabulous week ahead Carrie:)

Lisa RedWillow said...

Have a Blessed wonderful Christmas . I miss your Decorating this time of year.
Much Love

Poppy said...

Great blog, you are very lucky to have such great wildlife nearby, wonderful photos as always :) Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and New Year xx

❧Lisa RedWillow said...

Carrie Thank you for the update on my new blog. Loved to hear all your news and about your walks. The weather here is nice ,
Thanks for the Christmas wishes.
So glad your keeping up with family on Facebook. Well my friend. Wishing you all the best this Holiday Season again.
Much Love and Hugs

anniejanae said...

Never ready for all the snow! I'll say you two are certainly brave up there aren't you... difficult to watch the critters struggle I was on the edge of my seat to see what's next!?! Glad the little one finally made it, whew!
Hey I just ave to ask if you get follow up comments from WP over here - I do leave them btw but anyway this last post has info on the Salton Sea - something that could be of interest to you I believe. I'm watching Christmas in Yellowstone on Nature as I visit here, wonderful wild life... a lot of snow there too even though from 2006!

Leovi said...

Beautiful snow pictures with everyone, you get beautiful and delicate lights. It's amazing how nature endows the animals to adapt to such low temperatures. It must be wonderful to live in nature in a beautiful place. Greetings and wish you happy holidays to you and all around you.

Kaya said...

Dear Carrie! I wish you and your family a beautiful Christmas and Happiness today, tomorrow and all year around!

May 2012 will be the beginning of all wonderful things in your life. May new and beautiful discoveries will be awaiting for you, my beautiful and talented Carrie!

May all your dreams will come true!

I send you my love and warm hugs, my dear friend!

I LOVE THESE BEAUTIFUL PICTURES!!!! THEY ARE AMAZING!

Kaya.

marciento said...

Hello Carrie!
Christmas greetings and all good wishes for your health and happiness in the coming year!

GreatGranny said...

Carrie, I'm glad you're feeling better. And so glad the baby moose got back with mom. I was worried about it at first, but relieved how it ended.

marciento said...

Hello! Have a wonderful weekend!
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marciento said...

Hello! Have a wonderful weekend!
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Silvamgzk said...

That must have been quite adventurous. And so glad for the moose family!!! The snow scenery is amazing too, loved the pics. Have a fabulous week ahead Carrie:)