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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!



7 comments:

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

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  2. Gotta love you morning Mooses...

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  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.

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

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

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

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