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Close Encounter with a Bull Moose

Story behind the picture:

It was snowing in Northern Alaska.

We were told that a bull moose in rut can be more dangerous than a grizzly bear. Bear generally won't attack if we form a big group. But since moose is not as "smart" as bear, he would just charge at people.

This bull moose was in heat, meaning he was looking for female desperately and was ready to fight with any other males.

He was so irritated that he drilled his head into a dead tree and got some tree branches onto his antlers.

At first we were very far away. But he approached us slowly.

Eventually, he took a nap in front of us.

One famous photographer once said that if a wild animal sleeps in front of you, thats the biggest compliment a photographer can ever receive. Because that means the wild animal accepts your presence.

The moose finally wake up, and gave us a look when he walked by. He weights at least 1,500 pounds.

What an experience. We all held our breaths...

This is a full frame photo, no crop. I was trying my best to fit his head into the viewfinder. But due to my lack of experience about moose, I didn't know he has such long beard. So I cropped it. I should have used a vertical composition! Kicking myself now.

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