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In the woods....
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Digital RAW 800
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Where They Really Live [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-08 0:35
Viewed: 3162
Points: 8
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During my yesterdays hike to my bird feedingplace,I had a pleasant encounter with our king of the forest,it was only the 4th time since I live in sweden that I encountered the moose (Elk) while on foot in the forest,this time I was lucky and he let me make a few shots before he left me again,the distance I guess was about 30 meters and unfortunatly for me some branches were obstructing the view,so I used manual focus,I had to go up to ISO 800 as it was overcasted and light was not in my favour,anyway I wanted to share this not so often happening encounter,I think it was a young one (female),probably born last season,hope you like it as well.


The moose Having come as close to a symbol of Swedish nature as possible, the King of the Swedish forest; the moose (Moose) deserves an extra presentation. The moose is common all over Sweden, except for on Gotland and the in very north. It is the largest deer animal in the world, 2 metres in height and weighing up to 400-500 kilograms. The Swedish moose is a close relative to the North American, but usually does not reach quite the same size. But Sweden has a very large population with about 100,000 moose shot during hunting every year. The total population is around 250,000 which makes Sweden the country with the highest density in the world. Naturally, visitors have a very good chance seeing one in the wild, and some areas in Sweden have guided tours for visitors interested in meeting the King of the Forest where the Halle-Hunneberg area is the most recognised.

The fact that the moose is very common and also a very large animal is also a great security problem on the Swedish roads. Warning signs are put up along extra frequent crossovers and, fences protect the main highways.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-08 0:43]

Hello Neighbour!
Nice to see this young elk next to my Crested Tit as they are both forest species!
this is a fine capture through the trees, the blurred branches having a positive effect in showing the secretive nature of the elk.
On the whole this is nice and sharp and well conmposed.
TFS, Paul, and have a nice weekend,

Hi Paul,
A nice capture of this moose. Very well composed with excellent details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Paul,

Excellent focus in extremely difficult conditions.

hello Paul

great shot, in french we say photo prise sur le vif
i don't kno how to translate, i love his eye contact
with your camera lens, in my life i had only 2 times
the chance to see moose, the second time
i took it in photo, i posted it in my biggining at TN



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