I’m not certain when and how “Moose Monday” began. I seem to recall it originating about 10 years ago when I began doing moose photography tours in Northern Colorado, but it has taken on a life of it’s own in the time since. I’m fairly sure I started doing it on Facebook.
I did my first scouting run of the year for moose this past weekend. The first trips out are normally to determine the conditions of the roads, environment and specific locations where the moose seem to be hanging out. I have two types of moose hunts I do. One is when I’m at my cabin and make it a point to get up at sunrise and explore the forests and lakes around Red Feather Lakes. I can typically find a moose or two on those runs. It keeps me close to home and by the time I’ve finished up in the morning, my tummy needs a little breakfast and I can get back to the cabin quickly.
The other type of moose hunting I do is when I actually drive west on highway 14 up to about the Jackson County, Larimer County line. There are lots of areas both east and west of Cameron Pass where moose can be found, but this early in the year, most of the side roads are still closed.
I think I’ll be changing how I do my “Moose Monday” though. Rather than simply post a photograph of a moose, I’m going to expand on the concept and make Moose Monday more of an ongoing tale of how I got the photo and what’s happening in real time with my present day efforts. Sometimes you just gotta change things up. Since I’ve decided to seriously curtail my direct postings to Facebook, this Blog is going to fill the void, so expect a Moose Monday entry entry here each week. For my Facebook followers, you will only see links to this blog.
Today’s Moose Monday photo was taken yesterday morning on my first scouting run to the Continental Divide area of Northern Colorado. In a 1-2 mile stretch of road in the Cameron Peak Fire burn scar, I came across 7 different moose. All lounging in the grass in the middle of an area that had been wiped out by the wildfire two years ago.
The moose aren’t phased by living in the burn scar. They seem to be thriving on the fresh grass in the areas between the devastated forest.
My primary moose camera this summer will be the Nikon D810 with the Nikkor 200-500mm VR super-telephoto zoom. By today’s standards, it’s a combo that is obsolete and still firmly rooted in the DSLR world. The thing is though, it’s a bad-ass setup for making photographs and the images I’m getting are just as good as any mirrorless wonder-schmonder rig out there on the market now. I don’t chase the technical Gods when it comes to my photography gear. I concentrate on getting great photos, and I don’t see anything out there that’s going to do a better job than my ancient D810. It never fails me.