Wednesday, March 2, 2011


I needed some time to clear my head 
so I went for a walk this afternoon.  
I was hoping the path around the back of the 
Nature Park had been plowed of snow.

It had been.  The city had kindly opened 
the way to one of my favorite places.

The snow was littered with tracks.  
There were mouse tracks, bunny tracks, 
bird tracks, squirrel tracks and these odd ones.

I guessed they were beaver tracks 
since they were on the river bank 
and there were also tell-tale chewed up trees.

 I saw another chickadee, and tried again 
to get a good photo of the little busy body.

 Most of the pictures looked like this.

It’ll probably be a while before the picnic tables 
will be put to their proper use.

Then I saw these tracks.  
Believe me this was no bunny or squirrel.

Guess who was using the camp ground today?

I think I’ll just snap a few quick photos 
and move right along. 
No…don’t get up.  I’ll find my way out of here!


The Weaver of Grass said...

That is the closest I have ever been to a moose - I saw one once in the distance in the Rockes - but at least he gives you an idea of how deep the snow is.

TALON said...

Amazing! That's about as close as I would want to get to a moose!

I love the shot of the chickadee in flight - it's lovely! They sure do move like lightning, don't they?

Thanks for the beautiful walk, Leenie. You made me appreciate the snow again.

DayPhoto said...

WOW! That was really cool. I have heard that they can be agressive so your moving right along is a very good idea.

Great blog post!


Bill S. said...

Great post and pictures. The wing tracks looks like an attack on a land lover.

Buttons Thoughts said...

Wow that is awesome I love the moose. Good call back away you are lucky to see him or her. Nice shots. B

Linda Sue said...

YIKES girl! Glad you went out into the woods to clear your head but that moose could have moosed you hard!
Love the chickadee photos, too. Maybe next time you need to clear your head you could just use mentholatum.

Linda Sue said...

Oh and the mexican vanilla- YUM- am huffing it right now!

Sarah said...

Wow! I am jealous! To see a moose casually sitting in the park must really be something! And beavers! It is wild life city over there!

Maude Lynn said...

No way! That's amazing!

susan m hinckley said...

Thanks for giving me a reason to smile as I am listening to the forecast for snow tomorrow . . . reality is ruining my life, indeed. But your blog continues to be a spot of sunshine. Thanks, Leenie!

Regina said...

We do reports and post visuals from far off lands! (Lol) wonder we watched Rocky & Bullwinkle- what an expression!! You caught the sweet bird too- I love your tracks and beautiful scenery Leenie!

Deborah Moore said...

Thanks for taking me on your journey in the woods with you. Each photo was like a handful of bio-endorphins.
I thinks it's awesome that you got that close to a moose. Marilyn once pushed a moose out of her way. I think she was 10, but she was mad. So, a moose isn't as impossiing as a mad preteen.

Anairam said...

Aha, Mr Moose! Maybe he is the one who baked that enormous loaf of snow-bread that I saw on the picnic table?

Far Side of Fifty said...

I was thinking ELK after seeing the tracks..what a great surprise to see a Moose. What a walk!:)

Anonymous said...

Amazing photos of the moose! I can't believe how much snow you still have - although we have had several frosty mornings, it is warming up more through the day.

Anonymous said...

Whoa - when I saw those large tracks I just couldn't comprehend what would leave a track like that! Haven't anything that size to leave tracks in Australia unless it'd be a camel in the Outback, and ain't never gonna be snow there!

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Lynne said...

Hi. Sarah gave me a link to this post. How lovely. How lucky to see a moose too. I saw a few moose when we lived in Sweden, but it was usually quite brief.