Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Why Did The Moose Cross The Road?

Why did the moose cross the road? It doesn't matter, because you are going to stop and just let them do whatever they want. When you are that big, you always get the right of way.
It's interesting to watch, though. Each moose has their own personality and style. The young ones are a little cautious, and keep stopping to what you are doing. They aren't very trusting yet, and aren't sure if you are going to try to run over them or not. The adult females are very protective of their young. They aren't watching to see if you are stopping for them, they are watching to make sure you don't mess with the babies. If you get too close to the little ones, you might as well paint a big target on your head, because you are in trouble! The adult males just go wherever they want, and seldom even bother giving you a glance. They own this town. You are just something they have to tolerate. The really big adult males are seldom seen because they know that now they are targets themselves. You look at them and picture how lovely they would look mounted above the fireplace in the den.
This is Junior crossing first. He is about a year old now, so he's not exactly a baby any more. Just the same, Mom is waiting on the left and keeping a close eye on his progress.
He's just about all the way across and has decided that maybe he is in charge of this situation after all. He starts to really take his time.
Poor old Mom is bringing up the rear. Junior is safely on the other side and munching on a tree. She might as well join the party. Just another day in the frozen north. We are in the middle of Spring Breakup, and are anticipating warmer weather soon. Of course, the forecast is calling for more snow later this week. Spring might have to wait a little longer.

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