The Bull Moose

Eagle River, Alaska

You know, when we went to Alaska,  I fully expected to see animals: bears, moose, eagles–yada, yada, yada.  And so you see the animal, take the picture, and walk away. Not so. The amount of wildlife we saw so exceeded our expectations.

When we arrived home from our trip, I uploaded some of the  pictures to a popular photo sharing site and was amazed with the amount of comments that were racking up. One photo in particular received great reviews–the bull moose.

To me, it’s just a moose. I so wanted to see one in the wild, and my wish was fulfilled. Case closed. But I had no idea that this Bullwinkle, this Mini Moose would have yielded so many responses: “I never before see this thing . . . I am breathless . . . is so amazing!”

I was at first teeming with pride over what I thought were compliments for my photographic skills, my great-seeing eye but, no, it was for this wild animal that people halfway across the world had never before seen, may never see.

Having looked at this photo many times since sharing with the world, I now see it differently. I see an animal designed to slog through three feet of snow, thus the long legs. I see a large body that will reduce heat loss due to the low surface area -to-volume ratio.  I see a year-old moose that must fend for himself  as his mother rejects him to prepare for the next generation.  I see an animal that can weigh anywhere from 1,400-1,800 pounds. I see a noble animal that, according to rock and cave drawings, has existed since the Stone Age.

Thus I see not just a moose but a spectacular animal in an environment with whom we must share, who has adapted to his environment–even the constant gawkings and picture-taking by humans.

© Teresita Abad Doebley. All rights reserved 2009-2010.

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12 thoughts on “The Bull Moose

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  2. Nicely written. Yes, the implications of nature often times elude us. That’s what happens when you think you have it all figured out just because you get the L.L. Bean catalog delivered to your doorstep.

  3. Two of my favorite wild creatures in one page – the great blue heron, who I have enjoyed seeing on many occasions, and the moose, who I have searched for yet never found.

    • I agree. When you visit Alaska, you can’t help but realize that is the way the USA was years ago. It makes me intensely sad when I read about endangered animals–so not fair!! Thanks for visiting . . .

  4. I have been looking at these photos for more than a week now, and am still speechless. I’ve looked at photos all my life and have taken many myself, maybe not with high tech stuff but I have my favorites. To be able to see the photo, is to be able to see life. We all need to be able to see the things that are inside and are the grains of our own lives. I’m honored to be able to see and enjoy and relish Ter’s work, keep up the great job.

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