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Bob Walker Photography

This image was captured in Algonquin Provincial Park as all mine have been to date. This bull was found along a road in the park in an area I call the high meadow. I used a Canon F-1n with a 300mm f/2.8, 1.4 extender on a Tamron lens with Kodachrome 64 film.

The next two images were captured in Algonquin Provincial Park and a again alongside a road in the park. Sometimes these spottings cause traffic jams on the main corridor road (also known as Route 60) that runs through the park. Again my Canon equipment was engaged.

I noticed that on my last trip up in the fall of September and October of 2003 the sightings of moose had declined. This can more than likely be attributed to the cycles in nature and the environment's carrying capacity of the species.

This is one of those encounters you never forget—again up in Algonquin on one of its roads. A group of folks had assembled and a researcher was calling this bull. He must have been good because this Woodland Monarch crossed a body of water to reach him and I stood very close to the path he had chosen. This is what I consider a once-in-a-lifetime picture. I used a Canon 135mm f/2.8 lens and, if you think that is a lot of lens power when photographing moose, try it sometime.

Again up to Algonquin in the spring about the second week of May. This time of year moose come to the roadside pools of runoff that contain salt from the corridor road's winter maintenance. This isn't a bad time to see moose but one has to be very careful. The motor vehicle can cause many deaths at this time of year. Again I engaged my EOS 1v with my 70mm-200mm lens but didn't need add any extension. Sensia 100 was my film of choice.

In this picture I am in the park with my new Canon EOS 1v and an 80mm-200mm f2.8L lens with a 2x extender and Fuji Sensia 100 film. This bull was crossing the narrows as it is called in some of the best lighting one could wish for. Mounted on a tripod I took several images and this I considered one of my best.

If I may repeat myself, the population of moose runs in cycles as do many of nature's species. Some must die so others will live and sometimes the balance is disturbed by outside factors for whatever reasons. We become spoiled and too accustomed at times when viewing nature's animals and take them for granted. I have learned to cherish each and every moment in the presence of this awesome creature and I suggest you do the same.

Happy Moosing!

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Photographs © 2003 Bob Walker. All Rights Reserved.

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