The Moose

The Moose

Maroon Lake, Maroon Bells, Aspen, Colorado

This shot was completely by accident. All day long, it had been snowing, and the mountains were covered mostly in clouds. However, a few times, the clouds would lift and the mountains would peak out and bask in a few moments of sunlight. By the time I had made it to Maroon Lake to shoot the Maroon Bells, the clouds had just covered the mountains up. Another photographer and I were the only two souls that stuck around and braved the atmosphere in hopes of getting a great sunset shot of the Bells. After 45 minutes of freezing to death, I decided to head back to the car to put another layer of clothing on and dry myself off for a minute. But as I started to walk back, the clouds started lifting, and the mountains started opening up to the west of the Lake. I set my tripod up immediately to shoot the scene. Before I could snap a shot, and completely out of the blue, a moose walks out of the forest into my scene. After shooting 3-4 shots, including this one, a swarm of photographers came out of the forest behind this big guy and sent his slowly stalking off around Maroon Lake. (a little bit later, he came back and sent a few of those photographers running back the other way)

Photo © copyright Mickey Shannon.

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