Young bull moose in the Bitterroot River by amontanaview

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Bull moose on the middle Bitterroot River in Montana (USA) just before sunrise.
Featured in my 2012 Montana Nature Calendar

I have often thought I should see a moose at my friend John’s river bank because there is a marsh near by. September 26, I was walking south on the bank taking photos when a kingfisher (bird) called from behind me. I love kingfishers so I turned around to try to get a photo. I was surprised to see this reasonably sized bull moose wading across the river on John’s property! I was afraid to get any closer so this photo isn’t bad considering the distance and low light. In full size, his eye is very visible. There is a little bit of a mist coming off the water and around his legs. Some might not think a moose is beautiful, but I do.

He grunted all the way across the river and off into the brush on the other side. I could hear him grunting with every step even when I couldn’t see him. I laughed quietly. It didn’t seem like he even knew I was there. After the fact, I wish I would have tried to get closer – probably a good decision that I didn’t. I don’t run very fast any more.
Featured July 2012:

Featured Nov 2010

Canon EOS D7, 1/100s, f/5.6, ISO: 200, focal length 300 mm
Cannon EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM lens


  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderover 4 years ago

    picture post card image, wonderful capture Merle !

  • Thank you!

    – amontanaview

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderover 4 years ago

  • Miles Glynn
    Miles Glynnover 4 years ago

    awesome! I’m still waiting to see one of these!

  • rocamiadesign
    rocamiadesignover 4 years ago

    The lighting is beautiful in this.

  • Thanks! I love this shot, too.

    – amontanaview

  • Ken McElroy
    Ken McElroyover 4 years ago

    Beautiful environmental shot – nice silhouette effect – I see fewer and fewer of these guys in Montana these days. Nice capture.

  • Thanks Ken, so glad you commented and like it.

    – amontanaview

  • speaking of environmental, this is a place where the Bitterroot is cutting into the bank as it turns a corner. It is a natural erosion process that would be less it the willows would have been allowed to remain…but the landowner cut them out for the view.

    – amontanaview

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeabout 4 years ago

    November 2010

  • I was on a hunting trip. What a nice surprise to come home to!

    – amontanaview

  • sandyelmore
    sandyelmoreabout 4 years ago

    I love your work. Beautiful!

  • Thank you. I appreciate your taking the time to view my photos and then comment. It means a lot to me.

    – amontanaview

  • GiselaSchneider
    GiselaSchneiderabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your Montana group feature !!

  • Thank you Gisela. I am so happy about this feature!

    – amontanaview

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeabout 4 years ago

    LOL, maybe he had arthritis or was warning you to stay put! I never heard a grunting moose. He’s a beauty and I love the mist around his legs.

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgerabout 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful…

  • Thank you!

    – amontanaview

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