Welcome to Week 105 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge. This week’s episode of the challenge marks the 2nd anniversary, thanks to all of your great contributions!
The inspiration for this week’s theme came from our fine Spring weather here in New England… Overnight sleet and snow turned into a torrential downpour of rain for most of the day, so how can I not go with the theme of Rain? What does rain make you think of? What is your favorite thing to do in the rain? Do you break out into a song and dance through the puddles?
For this challenge, bring out your best rain moods and share them with all of us to lift our spirits and welcome the droplets from the sky!
Here is a connection with last weeks theme with a bit of rain…
This was another shot from Baxter State Park in Maine, on a very rainy day! It was a torrential downpour for most of the day. Rain gear for camera and photographer were much appreciated and well used! This moose was one of 27 that I photographed during this weekend, which was truly amazing!
The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:
Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!
The WordPress Daily Prompt has the theme of Mighty. This caused me to take a look through some of my images to see what resonated…
Then I came across this image of the mighty bull moose, happily browsing in a pond in the pouring rain! Clearly, this bull was not overly impressed with the rain, and not nearly as bothered by it as the photographer. Despite the weather I had a great day photographing in Baxter State Park in the great state of Maine.
Here’s a quick shot that shows off this beauty of a beast….
This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day. So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced. Feel free to join in with the fun!
One of the areas of amazing diversity is the Animal Kingdom. The level of adaptation to the opportunities presented in our planet’s environment is simply stunning! From bacteria that thrive in volcanic vents on the bottom of the ocean to birds of paradise that create mating displays beyond human comprehension and everything in between!
Among my favorites is the moose, featured in our fourth episode…
This image was captured in June, 2006, during a photography weekend led by the wonderful photographer, Mark Picard, whose moose and nature photography are stunning! As it happened, we were graced by a significant amount of rain during this weekend, for which I was prepared; one of the advantages of doing a lot of outdoor photography in New England is that preparation for lots of different weather conditions becomes second nature.
Despite the weather, we saw around 27 moose in under three days, which was phenomenal. This bull was very happy grazing the underwater vegetation in this pond and was clealy not affected by the rain 🙂
This images were captured with Canon EOS 1D MkII using a Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG lens. Exposure settings were 1/250 second at f/5.6 and 1000 ISO.
I expect that all of us have come into contact with creatures in our lives that amaze us and fill us with wonder. To me the best ones among these are those that don’t have to be contained in a zoo, but, rather, range around freely, as long as we know where to go look for them.
One such animal that always intrigues me and never ceases to fill me wonderment, is the Moose or as it’s known in Eurasia, the Elk. These majestic beasts are the largest members of the deer family, and roam boreal and mixed deciduous forests of the Northern Hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates.
Having encountered a number of these magnificent animals up close (within 6 feet), I can attest to how impressive these gentle giants, when a yearling’s withers were just slight above the top of my head (6 feet at the withers). The yearling in the above image was still with its mother, as they were both browsing along the shoreline of the pond. As it was early June, the summer coat was still being established, creating a rather unkempt look.
Friday was the only good weather day out of the weekend that I went on this moose photography trip back in 2006; our small group had a fantastic guide, who certainly knew where to find the moose in Baxter State Park in Maine. On Saturday, rain was torrential, but luckily I was prepared for this weather, so still got some interesting shots, such as this bull moose in the pond…
You can tell how bad the rain was in this image, but the moose was not fazed by the weather at all. He was busy pulling vegetation up out of the pond and taking a look around from time to time.
The moose is a herbivore and is capable of consuming many types of plant or fruit. The average adult moose needs to consume 9,770 kcal (40.9 MJ) per day to maintain its body weight. Much of a moose’s energy is derived from terrestrial vegetation, mainly consisting of forbs and other non-grasses, and fresh shoots from trees such as willow and birch. These plants are rather low in sodium, and moose generally need to consume a good quantity of aquatic plants. While much lower in energy, these plants provide the moose with its sodium requirements, and as much as half of their diet usually consists of aquatic plant life. In winter, moose are often drawn to roadways, to lick salt that is used as a snow and ice melter. A typical moose, weighing 360 kg (794 lb), can eat up to 32 kg (71 lb) of food per day.
Moose lack upper front teeth, but have eight sharp incisors on the lower jaw. They also have a tough tongue, lips and gums, which aid in the eating of woody vegetation. Moose have six pairs of large, flat molars and, ahead of those, six pairs of premolars, to grind up their food. A moose’s upper lip is very sensitive, to help distinguish between fresh shoots and harder twigs, and the lip is prehensile, for grasping their food. In the summer, moose may use this prehensile lip for grabbing branches and pulling, stripping the entire branch of leaves in a single mouthful, or for pulling forbs, like dandelions, or aquatic plants up by the base, roots and all.
A moose’s diet often depends on its location, but they seem to prefer the new growths from deciduous trees with a high sugar content, such as white birch, trembling aspen and striped maple, among many others. Many aquatic plants include lilies and pondweed. To reach high branches, a moose may bend small saplings down, using its prehensile lip, mouth or body. For larger trees a moose may stand erect and walk upright on its hind legs, allowing it to reach branches up to 4.26 metres (14.0 ft) or higher above the ground.
Moose are excellent swimmers and are known to wade into water to eat aquatic plants. This trait serves a second purpose in cooling down the moose on summer days and ridding itself of black flies. Moose are thus attracted to marshes and river banks during warmer months as both provide suitable vegetation to eat and water to wet themselves in. Moose have been known to dive underwater to reach plants on lake bottoms, and the complex snout may assist the moose in this type of feeding. Moose are the only deer that are capable of feeding underwater. As an adaptation for feeding on plants underwater, the nose is equipped with fatty pads and muscles that close the nostrils when exposed to water pressure, preventing water from entering the nose. Other species can pluck plants from the water too, but these need to raise their heads in order to swallow.
Hope you enjoyed this little bit about these magnificent animals!
After a couple of weeks of portrait images, I thought it was time for some playful action…
Meet Moose, a dynamic little dachshund whose energy is just infections. This is a rather old image from around 2007, if memory serves me, at which time Moose was still very active in agility and loved chasing a ball.
With a little help from Moose’s loyal human, and a couple of test shots, we got this photo. A bit of the right radial blur in post, made Moose into the superstar of dachshunds in flight!
Hope you enjoy this proof that legs are never too short!
This image was captured with a Canon EOS 10D using a 70-200mm f/2.8L lens. At 1/320 second with f/6.3 aperture at ISO 400.
Time is ever fleeting for most of us, as we rush from moment to moment, only to forget to take in those moments that will never be again. We complain when something slows us down, be it obstacle, that slow driver in front of us, the rotten weather. We never have enough time to do everything that we must get done; we track every moment that we lose waiting for this or that. Check your watch to see how long it took to read this paragraph. Isn’t it over yet? What’s the point of all this writing?
The bull moose doesn’t have a watch, he doesn’t mind the weather, he rushes not to the next moment; he has transcended the whip and the rope.