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The moose is the largest living species in the deer family. Moose are distinguished by the wide flat antlers of the males. Moose typically inhabit boreal and mixed deciduous forests of the Northern Hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates.


High mountain lake in a forested region below tree line.


A friend and I made a spur of the moment decision to wake up at 4:00AM and drive an hour into the mountains before sunrise in hopes of photographing some bull moose that had been seen in this area for the last few weeks. We got to the lake just after sunrise and we were greeted by two bull moose still with velvet antlers! A morning to remember!

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39 Comments (1–25)

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

Thanks Hema! He was still in velvet. The other bulls were starting to loose the soft fuzz!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

lovely! Antlers look velvety.

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

Thank you Ashley! They are silent giants! Come on out to Colorado, I know right where to find them! ;)

AshleyT 10 years ago

These are beautiful photos, Emily! I would love to see a moose!

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

Thank you Leuba! It was definitely a fun adventure! Can't wait to get my butt out there again this year!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

What great photos and a wonderful story. You must have been so excited and getting to the lake before sunrise sounds just lovely - well done !

EmilyMarino 10 years ago

Thank you Pradeep Kumar!

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 10 years ago

Awesome shot Emily! good series as well..

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Thank you so much everyone!!!

KarenL 11 years ago

Wonderful capture Emily!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

This beauty is identity of America... wonderful capture of this Flagship Mammal..... Great spotting....!!

JanelleL.Streed 11 years ago

EmilyMarino-Well deserved, my dear! You not only got a gorgeous closeup but the steamy breath shot as well! Amazing find and capture, Emily, truly! Bravo, you!!

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Oh my gosh Janelle! You have made my day! Thank you for the kind words!

JanelleL.Streed 11 years ago

Oh Man....! I was jealous before, now I'm down right drooling on my keyboard. Show-stopping images and series, Emily! Bravo!!!

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Oh, it's always such an adrenaline rush to see them in person and in their natural habitat! Adam, you live in Colorado - have you ever been to the Brainard Lake Recreation Area above Nederland? If not you should go sometime. They may still be there this time of year, if not, check them out early morning next fall! Amazing!

AdamBrown 11 years ago

awesome Emily...I'd love to see a moose again.

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Thank you misako!

misako 11 years ago


EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Thanks again Noah Citizen! They were peaceful to a point! They kept a watchful eye on all of the early morning photographers! As big as they are, they are amazingly graceful creatures!

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 11 years ago

Wonderful Emily!
These guys look so peaceful...

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Indeed! Thank you bayucca!

bayucca 11 years ago

Impressive guy!!

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Ha! Thanks Cindy! I had been slacking in the "adding pictures to missions" department! At least you get to come visit RMNP in January! It's beautiful any time of year!

Amazing series! You're so lucky you got to head up to RMNP! I wish the Bio Blitz was in Jan when I was out there :) Congratulations on your recent patches too.

EmilyMarino 11 years ago

Christy, I think I'm hooked...we almost have to go back Sunday!

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Colorado, USA

Spotted on Aug 24, 2012
Submitted on Aug 24, 2012

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