Moose Bull & Calf, Fall Colors by A.M. Ruttle

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Most of the year the calves live with their mothers away from the bulls; in the late fall the calves encounter the bulls when the rut is on. What could the calf be thinking in this image…“Wow, will I grow up to look like you”? They must experience a tug of war; they want to stay near their mothers, but this huge bull is moving into their lives. In the end, the calves watch the bulls warily and try to stay out of their way. Canon 40D, f5.6, 1/160, focal length 250mm. Grand Teton National Park. Views 275 through 18 March 2010, thanks to all who have stopped by!

Featured in:
- Top Shelf Wildlife & Nature group, September 2009 – thank you so much!
- Dimensions group, September 2009 – thank you so much!
- Baby Animals group, February 2010 – thank you so much!


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  • karentillotson
    karentillotsonabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture…I’m in awe…(again)

  • Hi Karen, thanks so much for your great comment :-)! Love your “Winter promise”!!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Peter Denness
    Peter Dennessabout 5 years ago

    Really great shot, a bit of colour noise reduction might be helpful in the dark areas, I’m guessing a high ISO was necessary? A favourite definitely

  • You are so right, Peter! I tried addressing this a few times and only made it worse; will have to take another stab at it when we are back home after some work travel.

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartabout 5 years ago

    Very nice shot A.M, love the colours and the interaction between bull and calf.

  • Thanks so much for stopping by, Martin! Wow, I couldn’t even imagine that a bear would go for a starfish (your great shot), but why not eh?

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Brandie1
    Brandie1about 5 years ago

    Awesome shot.

  • Hi Brandie, thanks for stopping by; I was checking out your goose in the tree… it’s amazing where they’ll land!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • sfmilner
    sfmilnerabout 5 years ago

    Greetings A.M.; Beautiful capture! Glad to see that you are using a long lens, this is one bad boy!

  • Hi Steve, nice long tines on that rack to skewer anyone getting too close!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Heather  Waller-Rivet  IPA
    Heather Walle...about 5 years ago


  • Love that “stunning”, Heather!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Dyle Warren
    Dyle Warrenabout 5 years ago

    Magnificent shot!

  • HI Dyle, thanks so much! I love the yellows that are showing up in your work!!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Mariann Rea
    Mariann Reaabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful image!!!

  • Thanks so much, Mariann!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • PFrogg
    PFroggabout 5 years ago

    Excellent Capture

  • Thanks so much, PF! Your prairie houses are stunning!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaabout 5 years ago

    Great pose! I was so happy to see cows with their calves in Canada. The bulls are much more impressive and you got a stunning shot!

  • Thanks so much, Eivor!

    – A.M. Ruttle

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