Along the Natchez Trace

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Morning Moose....

A couple of days ago I was at the boat dock at E. Loring Lake and something made me turn around and look out at the lake.  A moose was swimming across the lake.  Even when we were living in Alaska and saw lots of moose there, I'd never seen a moose swim before.  Most times here (in Maine) I see them wading along the shore of ponds or lakes.... browsing the water plants growing there.  I was on my bicycle and had only a small "point and shoot" with me so didn't get very good pictures.

This morning, on my early drive, I stopped to check out where the lake is dammed up and the overflow continues into the brook.

Much to my surprise I saw this young bull moose swimming in the lake.  And, as a bonus, a loon was also swimming there.

I hurried to the photo blind, which is maybe a quarter mile away to try for a better view....
He was still quite a distance away, but I watched him swim across the lake and walk up onto the bank.

He shook the water off his back and headed into the brush.  

When I got back into my car I saw him cross the road ahead of me, but then a few minutes later cross back and head down to the water again.  I continued on my morning drive, but before going home I drove back to the photo blind for a second look.

I thought he might have wandered back to the water's edge for breakfast...
Sure Enough!
He'd walked back to the lake and was standing in the water finding a snack.

I love my morning drive through the Refuge....  I never know what I'll come across, but I'm never disappointed.  There's always something, even if it's just the sunrise or cobwebs covered with dew.

That's All For Today!


  1. Yes, Nature always has something to observe. All we have to do is get out there and keep our eyes open.

  2. Gotta love you morning Mooses...

  3. Why does a moose swim in a lake?
    a. Because he can?
    b. Because it's there?
    c. All of the above?
    Answer tomorrow.

  4. I like your header! Do you suppose swimming is a way to get a little relief from the bugs?

  5. Well, maybe even the moose take a morning constitutional, for their health!

  6. GREAT photo opportunity you caught! Love the Moose and the Loon swimming together.