Loose Moose~

If you don’t look carefully you’ll miss them. They are quietly munching all around the Tetons. Once, a long time ago, I was skiing here, and came upon a moose! Unlike a boulder it MOVED, and I had to dodge it!


You have to watch or you’ll walk right by and not even see them,
which is what happened with this mama moose!

After she finished eating, she called her calf,

and off they ran, away from us.
You gotta keep your eyes open in Teton National Park.
Beauty is everywhere.

Cheers to you from the loose moose of Jackson Hole~

235 thoughts on “Loose Moose~

  1. So beautiful. I remember being at a glacier in Alaska back in the 80’s. A mother and her baby suddenly appeared. She saw us from a great distance, but even from that distance her stance was clearly protective and ready. We were wise enough not to move closer, but oh what magic to see them out there.

  2. Jackson was a jumping-off place when I, and a couple of friends would fish on the Snake River. I loved the area just north of Jackson and out along the river. ….almost as much as the Three Forks area up in Montana. You’re so right about the moose, Cindy. I’ve seen more of them without really looking for them than is believable. They’re pretty big when you’re close up with them too. Great pics, Cuz. πŸ™‚

    • I spent some summers playing in The Snake River and have rafted down it a couple of time and rode horses across it and along it many times. I used to see otters there when I was young. I love the Snake, just as you do cuz~

  3. Very beautiful Cindy. And Peggy and I will attest to how difficult it can be to spot moose. As for scaring a cow moose with its calf, that’s scary. When I lived in Alaska, old timers worried more about moose than they did bears. –Curt

    • They can be testy, I’ve seen videos, although I never in my life encountered anything but peacful moose, thank God! Most of the sightings we had on this trip were mom’s with calves and they were all peaceful. Of course we respect their space, just like buffalos.

      • Yeah in winter it is a different experience, like when I almost skiied into one. They can’t run away as fast as they are hampered by the snow drifts. One has to avoid them. I’ve been to Alaska so many times, but never in winter. I know they have a lottery for families to pick up the moose kill on the roads based on familial need. Certain stretches of roads get the most killed moose, like the road from Anchorage to Girdwood, because the Alyeska ski resort draws drivers from Anchorage, and the moose panic and can’t run away from the cars fast enough in the snow, so they often try and bolt on the road. Poor moose.

  4. Beautiful landscapes and gentle creatures!!! You really live an exciting life Cindy!!! God bless and thanks for sharing your adventures with us.

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  6. Cindy, wow oh wow! I love the golden glowing vibrant trees, even better the double vision of this gorgeous landscape! My son (James Matthew) who is neither big nor slow has had a nickname that I dislike: “Moose.” He is easy going and handsome, quick and not slow moving. Seeing the beauty in your photos of moose, mother and child, made me feel much better about this label of his. πŸ™‚

      • I went on a crazy, busy weekend and back seeing your sweet comment, Cindy. I will tell Jamie he is named after a “regal” animal and that my friend, Cindy, says so! πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful week. You posts always lift me up. I was sorry to notice a comment about your losing many of your posts from your blog. I was very sorry to read this, Cindy. Sending belated hugs β™‘ your direction.

  7. Wow. What a treat. We don’t have moose in Australia. At least, not in the wild. I met a Canadian traveller while we were at Byron Bay and she told me about the dangers of moose on the roads and why they drive such big cars. That sounded really scary Indeed, I was considering making her an honorary Australian. Scarying people with tales of dangerous wildlife is an Australian national sport and she gave us a run for our money with her moose on the loose on the roads stories.
    By the way, being a bird lover, you’ll love this. She told me that she heard a bird here which sounded like a monkey. For about 10 minutes, I had no idea what she’d heard but then remembered the kookaburra which is also known as the “laughing jackass”. That was it. xx Rowena

    • Love the kookaburra, but what stumped me were all the cats screaming in one bush! It sounded like 50 mating cats. Can you guess what they were?
      Black cockatoos! I stood right next to all of them while they annihilated some kind of bushy tree. In the US these birds sell for well over 50K as pets. I don’t even think you can buy them anymore. I was like, “Oh my GOD! This bush is FULL of precious birds!!” The Ozzies laughed. πŸ˜‰

      • Oh Cindy, that is priceless. I’ll have to tell my kids. We get the odd black cockatoo around here. We do get a lot of sulfur-created cockatoos, rainbow lorrikeets and ducks. Usually, the ducks congregate in parks around the waterfront but they’ve had a population explosion and so they’re in most of the nearby back streets. The drivers around here are pretty well trained by the ducks and stop to let them cross. However, in previous years, I’ve watched the trail of ducklings sadly dwindle. Every now and then, we’ve seen a trail of almost full grown ducks waddling round in a line and it was nice to see they’d made it. Hope you’re having a great weekend xx Rowena

  8. Great shots of the moose (the 3rd one I really like), and what really catches me is the scenery and landscape in which you were in ~ incredible. Beautiful Cindy, and wishing you a great weekend.

    • Thanks Randall. Your comment cheers me up. You know what I did last night? I inadvertantly and permanently deleted 50% of my wordpress image gallery, which deleted 50% of the photos in my posts permanently. So I have been trashing posts all day. I guess it’s called downsizing! πŸ˜‰ I am focusing on Zen-ing myself now, “all is impermanent….”

      • Heartbreaking to lose 50% of your images from your gallery ~ however, you have captured the right spirit in downsizing so you can start anew. So many incredible shots made but mostly so many more to be made πŸ™‚ Wish you well!

  9. Great shots of grreat animals. Indeed they are huge. In Sweden often the cause of severe car accidents. I have been close to crashing into them several times – always with my heart pounding and stopping the car to breathe. Majestic males, but the cows too are big.

    • I had a near miss with a moose on the road, so I can well relate to your burst of adrenalin. It does focus one’s attention immediately doesn’t it? And afterwards it clarifies what is actually important in life! Stay safe and drive slow!

  10. Liebe Cindy das sind ja wieder atemberaubende Foto alles so schΓΆn an zu sehen ganz toll und wie die Elche dort laufen einfach so schΓΆn danke dir fΓΌr diese tolle Aufnahmen wΓΌnsche dir einen guten Start in die neue Woche in Freundschaft Klaus

    • Yes, moose are ungainly aren’t they! I can’t figure out what half the things on them are. Still they are fascinating and a big thrill to see. This trip I saw two cows with calves.

      • I never would have anticipated when I was raising my children that I would ever be doing this one day either. Life does give you suprises and choices you can never anticipate, so never say never! If you want it. It may well happen. You have to sacrifice other stuff though, so it’s a question of what you want to do. Lots of people would not enjoy traveling as much as I do. They have other priorities.

    • It is definitely one of my most favorite places in the world. Glacier & the Tetons, are just special. I love mama moosey and baby moosey too! They were definitely mosying off weren’t they. They had enough of me! πŸ˜‰

  11. Great photographs, you got really close to that moose mama. My daughter took a picture of me with a moose in background, but not that close. As you say, he was just quietly standing there and munching his grass.

  12. I’ve never been out that way. I’ve sorta been all around it, but not in it! I’ve never seen a single moose! I would love to go up that way for a stay, Big Sky Country, Glacier National Park is on my list, but I suppose Jackson Hole isn’t TOO far from there!

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