Sandy Stream Pond
Baxter State Park
We got up at 2:30 this morning to drive two hours north to the park to
spend the morning with the moose. This is Sandy Stream Pond just
after sunrise. It was still a little dark for good photos.
When we got to the pond we'd missed one large bull but others were
still in the woods.
A cow moose on the boardwalk, walking too close for comfort.
There's a calf 20' behind her. I backed off quickly and used the
zoom lens. The moose at Sandy Stream Pond are used to
people. This doesn't make them tame or safe. They weigh up
to 1,200 lbs. Notice how sharp those hooves are. This cow
has a calf. She wasn't at all nervous. If she had
been she'd have had her ears back, would have been grunting at me, and
wouldn't have walked faster. She was calm. I was nervous!
I started wondering if I should climb up the ledge or jump in the
pond. Thankfully he got all the minerals he wanted off the ledge
and walked away.