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Dave Wyman | all galleries >> Yellowstone Country - Autumn, 2007 > Moose Jump, Gros Ventre Road, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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Moose Jump, Gros Ventre Road, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Moose Jump, Gros Ventre Road, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Four of us traveled up the Gros Ventre Road to look for aspens and old buildings. Instead, we found an old moose browsing at the edge of a pond. A "No Trespassing" sign kept us away from the moose. But it didn't keep the moose away from us.

As we photographed other subjects around the pond, the moose ambled toward us, then turned toward the split rail fence. I thought to myself that she would have difficulty making the jump. I was wrong. After stopping in front of the fence for a few moments, the moose suddenly launched herself into flight, and easily cleared the fence. After her leap, she wandered over to a big bush and happily munched on the leaves for a while, and soon enough we left her alone.

Technically, it's not my best photograph, but I think it's one of the more unusual photographs I've been able to make. I've never seen, much less photographed, an old moose clear a Wyoming fence with such grace.

Nikon D70s
1/60s f/5.6 at 155.0mm iso400 full exif

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Michele Lee29-Feb-2008 22:43
Great action shot! You don't see many like this! V
Jean Ray30-Oct-2007 00:32
It's a fantastic grab shot! It's special just to be able to see a wild animal at a moment like this, but you were ready with your camera.
coaster30-Sep-2007 18:06
Great capture!
Susanne29-Sep-2007 23:16
Now that is something that you do not see everyday. Lucky you to have your cam ready for this super shot! Vote.
Phil Douglis29-Sep-2007 04:38
This is not the same moose you took us to meet on Gros Ventre Road. Ours was relaxing. This one has a collar and is obviously trying to make haste.
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