Sitting Bull. (Jackson Wyoming) by Ann  Van Breemen

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While visiting Jackson, Wyoming recently a very special friend, AM Ruttle, took me to a secret place in the Teton National Park, where there was a small group of wild moose. This bull moose resting in a small clearing in the woods was very placid and let us get quite close, although we were careful not to invade his space. Those antlers looked really lethal.

“The male’s antlers grow as cylindrical beams projecting on each side of the head at right angles to the midline of the skull, and then fork. The lower prong of this fork may be either simple, or divided into two or three tines, with some flattening.
The male will drop its antlers after the mating season and conserve energy for the winter. A new set of antlers will then regrow in the spring. Antlers take three to five months to fully develop, making them one of the fastest growing animal organs. They initially have a layer of skin, called “velvet,” which is shed once the antlers become fully grown. Immature bulls may not shed their antlers for the winter, but retain them until the following spring."

Canon EOS 500D. Canon EF 100-400L IS.


bull, jackson, moose, usa, wildlife, wyoming

I am an avid photographer of 60+ and will shoot just about anything, although I’m not so good at moving objects. Anything faster than a snail leaves me for dead. (haha) I do prefer natural landscapes over urban ones but, really, nothing is safe from my lens. I also enjoy turning my failed images, and there are lots, into digital art.

In 2014 I started dabbling in Fractal Art using Apophysis 7x to satisfy my creative urges on the days when I can’t take photos.

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  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 4 years ago

    wow Ann he is just excellent! nice capture :))

  • Thank you Jenny. He was pretty amazing. I’ve never even seen a real bull moose before. I never thought I’d be this close to a wild one.:)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • Jenny Dean
    Jenny Deanover 4 years ago

    we lived in Canada for a year and the mooooooses just somehow eluded us all year, plenty of beers and elk and everything else, but it would have been brilliant to see a moose like this :)

  • Oh, wow. You have such fantastic wildlife in these countries. I would loved to have seen a bear or an Elk. Maybe one day. Where do you live now?:)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartover 4 years ago

    Lovely close up shot! : )

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 4 years ago


  • brimellor1
    brimellor1over 4 years ago

    Stunning shot….!!

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 4 years ago

    He has nice gentle eyes Ann…. in comparison to those mean looking antlers!!! Did you find me yet?!!!! :))) Looks like you are having a lot of fun over there Ann!! Go Girl!! :)) let me out of the suitcase!!

  • RandySpencer
    RandySpencerover 4 years ago

    Hope there was some distance between you two. I came about this close to one on a mountain trail once, I turned, did a 180° like I had done it a hundred times before and went back down the trail until the brush was thin enough that I could get off, and the Moose came down behind me. When he got even with me on the trail, I yelled out “MOOSE”, he stopped, thrashed the brush with his antlers and left me with shaking knees. LOL

    I didn’t even get a decent picture.

  • I was pretty close, Randall. Probably about 15 feet away, (5-6 metres). He was pretty docile though. Even dozed off a few times, which I found a little hurtful. I can even send a wild moose to sleep!!!:)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • NeilAlderney
    NeilAlderneyover 4 years ago

    Love the title. What an amazing image!

  • Lizzie Phillips
    Lizzie Phillipsover 4 years ago

    love love LOVE this! I love Jackson, too =] I went there for a vacation like 3 years ago and it was gorgeous. Can’t wait to see what else you have from there =]

  • I loved Jackson too. I could live there, but I would have to have a LOT more clothes on. I’ve never been so cold in my entire life!!:)

    – Ann Van Breemen

  • RandySpencer
    RandySpencerover 4 years ago

    I’m sure he didn’t mean to hurt you. LOL He just felt comfortable around you.

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