Moose Bull In Velvet by A.M. Ruttle

Moose look like they were designed by a committee (and a very strange one at that)… but don’t make one angry. Canon 40D, 100-400mm lens, taken very close. Grand Teton National Park. 309 views as of 1 October 2011, thanks for stopping by!

Featured in:
- The Great Outdoors, August 2010, thank you!
- Americas National Parks and Wildlife Habitat group, March 2009, thank you!
- Natural Color and Light group, March 2009, thank you!

Grand Teton National Park, Canon 40D, Canon 100-400 IS lens.

Wildlife, wild places, wild light… mountains, the ocean, the sky… ahhhhhhhl. Breathe deeply as you look into these images.

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  • Ann  Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness, Awesome! How close were you? These creatures are mean.

  • …whoops, hit the comment button rather than reply; see below! Thanks for stopping to look!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • A.M. Ruttle
    A.M. Ruttleabout 6 years ago

    Pretty darn close. You are so right they can be dangerous, particularly a mother moose with a calf; I was across a small stream from this bull moose, and you can see from the look that he was keeping a close eye on me, and I was ready to grab the tripod and run at any moment.

  • Charlie08
    Charlie08about 6 years ago

    LOL this is true.. do not make them crank especially with a baby in tow.. Excellent capture!

  • Thanks for stopping in Charlotte! Glad you like this slightly unconventional shot!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • clizzio
    clizzioabout 6 years ago

    He looks scared. How did you ever get that close without being attacked? Great shot. Congratulations on your feature in Natural Color and Light.

  • Hi Clizzio, it’s the way his eye is so wide open and the white shows above. He wasn’t acting scared though, just cautious. ( When they are scared they really turn and run much faster than is imaginable.) He was quite close, just across a stream; when I’m this close, I’m watching every imaginable signal that the moose/critter is getting uncomfortable, needing to move away, or is getting angry (ears going back or pinned back)!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Mariann Rea
    Mariann Reaabout 6 years ago

    Wow, this is an amazing wildlife encounter!

  • Truly… and the 100-400 lens (awesome) gets me in there just close enough and keeps me just far enough away to avoid his wrath.

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 6 years ago

    And a corporate committee, at that! What a great desciption and capture. The legs do look as though some part of the committee were designing in the dark, but they serve a purpose getting through the deep snow and brush. Wonderful closeup!

  • Hi Jan, :-)))! Fun to have you drop in on a shot that would only appeal to me!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • GranC53
    GranC53over 5 years ago


  • Hi GranC, what a treat seeing your photos; you are truly fortunate. Thanks so much for dropping by!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • JanT
    JanTover 5 years ago

    At least you didn’t title this “Moose Bull on black velvet.” Great eye! (His and yours.)

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 2 years ago
  • Thank you so much for the honor, Tori!

    – A.M. Ruttle

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