Pregnant Cow Moose - North Idaho
This large cow moose was standing in the middle of an old logging road I was snowshoeing on when I turned a corner. We stared at each other, neither of us moving for several minutes. Eventually she relaxed and started moving her ears around, a sign that she started to become less interested in me and more interested in the other noises around her.
In my other photos of her, a very large and round belly is noticeable, indicating that she is with calf. I like this photo because she seems to almost be smiling as she turns her head to catch the fleeting sunlight before it disappears behind the Selkirk Mountains. Everything seems to stop and soak the sun in when it makes a rare appearance during the gloomy north Idaho winter.
The moose or Eurasian elk is the largest extant species in the deer family. Moose are distinguished by the palmate antlers of the males; other members of the family have antlers with a dendritic configuration. Moose typically inhabit boreal and mixed deciduous forests of the Northern Hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates. Moose used to have a much wider range but hunting and other human activities greatly reduced it over the years. Moose have been re-introduced to some of their former habitats... more