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Friday, February 28, 2014

Just Gotta Say....

We had a great day today...  started at 6:30 am...  took a boat trip...  got home around 3:30 or so.  I took 249 photos...  you KNOW I can hardly wait to report back on that...

But....  

I had this e-mail waiting for me when we got back this evening...

Sharon,
It appears that your picture of the two moose in the fog has yet again become a sensation on the internet.
I am told that the picture has received over 10,000 hits in a single week. I did make sure that you received credit for the picture. You can go to the link at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsnortheast/12637633223/

PS- It is starting to warm up here, this morning it was -17F

See you soon.
Steve

Steve is the manager of Aroostook NWR...  way up in Maine...  where we'll be heading for the summer.  The photo he's writing about is one I took several years ago.  I'm by no means a professional photographer...  but...  sometimes I get lucky.  

If you do click on that above address, you'll know why I love Aroostook NWR so much...  I could even write a little essay about our years of volunteering there...  and how each time we return we see more and more critters...  moose, bear, otters.....  so much.  And how our first years there were spent taking down chain link fence (this place once housed nuclear bombs during the cold war)...  and the more fences that came down, the more wildlife returned.

So...  I got lucky....  that photo caught a mama moose and her calf in the marsh very early in the morning.  Geese were flying over...  the marsh was coming alive.  

It's the only refuge we've returned to again and again.  Things change...  now the refuge is out of the demolition stage into the "public" stage.  I understand...  you need public support in order to get funding...  but in a way it makes me sad to think that the very wildness that "we" (Kirk especially) worked so hard to bring back might be so attractive to humans that their very presence might change the dynamics again.

In a couple of months we'll be heading back.  We never know if "this" year will be the last.  But...  I am happy to see my Moose in the Mist photo is still around...  capturing the very essence of a very special place.

Guess my 249 photos of the boat trip can wait until tomorrow.

That's All For Today!


14 comments:

  1. That photo is incredible. Will have to check back on the 249 others.

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  2. Wow! Your photo is perfect in every way--no wonder it's had so many hits! Looking forward to the next 249! And yes. Sometimes nature is loved too much.

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  3. I remember seeing that photo before - probably on your blog. It's just absolutely stellar. Sometimes the lucky shots are the best ones! I have a lot of those, LOL. Most of mine are luck and timing, rather than actual talent.

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  4. That is an awesome photo, it will be nice to get back there and enjoy the area again this summer.

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  5. Sharon, that's a heck of a photo! Way to go!!

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  6. Oh my, that photo is magnificent and really conjures up the far north in my mind. I can just hear the geese honking! Those wild places pull at my heartstrings too.

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  7. Such a wonderful pictures. So many things came together at one time to give you the photo opportuity and you were professional enough to take advantage of it. It is a perfect picture, love it!!

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  8. Fantastic photo, Sharon. All of the elements just fell into place at the right time for you. Now we can't wait to see the 249 photos you took yesterday! LOL

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  9. I'm glad you're headed back to Aroostook this year. I enjoyed it the last time you were there.

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  10. Awesome picture! You should be very proud.
    Teri

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  11. Congratulations on having your picture published.

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  12. Let's hope we can meet up this summer on our way south from Nova Scotia. Keep having fun. Pictures are worth a thousand words.

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  13. Terrific photo, stunning actually and deserves all the hits it is getting.

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