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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Forest Happenings

Shyla and I were out for sunrise today, although it was slightly veiled through thin clouds hovering on the eastern horizon. Shyla tends to be a dog who has her thoughts written all over her face - like in this photo.
And that wasn't the only time she looked very alert and on guard.
Indeed, when we rode through the forest just after sunrise, I saw the tracks of a huge variety of wildlife in the snow. An entire herd of about 100 elk had come through.
I love having the elk around, which is a pretty frequent occurrence in the winter.

But, it's not common to have moose within a half mile of our house. I wasn't expecting a moose here so the trail camera was set up at bobcat/mountain lion level.
You might remember that I captured some moose photos last fall in our neck of the woods. The one last fall was a young bull moose while yesterday's was a young cow. Maybe they'll meet and make a family! In any case, I think we need to get mentally prepared for a moose meeting someday in the forest near our house.
Those of you who have been following this blog for a while probably know what other animal was walking our forest paths yesterday. I'm going to save her photos for tomorrow but s/he generally shows up where the elk are.

So, Shyla's wide-eyed look was for a good reason! Fortunately, she also relaxed and had fun during our sunrise outing today!
It's a flying Wubba!!! What could be more fun for a Labrador Retriever? Shyla forgot the wildlife scents for a while and played a joyous game of fetch!

P.S. Don't forget to comment on Tuesday's post if you'd like to have the chance to win a calendar! I'll be doing a random drawing tomorrow afternoon.

19 comments:

  1. cute. i'd be a bit surprised to find a moose close to home, too! :)

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  2. The moose looks like s/he is wearing a rottweiler costume!!

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  3. SHE's always wanted to see a moose in the wild!

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  4. Dear KB, I love Shyla's expressions and your posts(I'm going to enter the drawing)-you make me crave the mountains. We haven't had snow in a long time, but I'm not complaining! Hope you are feeling fine.
    Sending big hugs to you and your pack.
    Noreen

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  5. The moose and elk are so neat!! Sometimes we see elk when we drive out to the coast!

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  6. That's pretty cool to see them all up close and personal! I thought about you this afternoon when I saw a video shared on Facebook. Somebody had what I think was a trail camera that shot video, and they caught some deer running and playing in the snow. Somebody very cleverly edited it to give one the deer a blinking red nose and set it to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. It looked like something that could easily happen in your corner of the world!

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  7. Beautiful Shyla knows who is near by!

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  8. Yes, Shyla has an interesting expression! Don't enjoy most moose encounters though (unless from a safe distance)!

    Your pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  9. Oh my gosh, I wonder if the moose noticed you and Shyla, too?

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  10. A Wubba that flies!! I admit to doing a Google search, wondering just what a Wubba is.So many colours and shapes, no wonder Shyla loves purple. A moose, so many Elk, and tomorrow, will it be my favourite of all your trail cam photos? So glad you are able to get out for those early morning rides together. Hugh is having a slightly, ever so slightly, better day today, thankful for any respite. Hugs,Jean.

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  11. We love all the expressions on Shyla's face!!! She paints a story of all the animals that come through your world!
    Did Shyla go get her flying toy?
    love
    tweedles

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  12. Those elk are gorgeous. I am jealous of your sunshine. It has been grey and dull for the last three weeks here.

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  13. She looks so intense in that first photo!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey & Hazel

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  14. Shyla's eye have a special gleam in them in the first shot!!
    Can't wait to see tomorrows captures!!

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  15. Shyla's intense pictures are amazing! We had to BOL at Nola's comment!! How exciting to be able to see all the wild life up close! xo Chloe and LadyBug

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  16. We do hope that the mooses meet and start a family ☺ We love the photo of Wubba flying through the Aire!

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  17. I love moose. That would be so great if they made baby moose next year.

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  18. She looks ready to pounce in that first photo. Sage gets that look whenever she's in herding mode (which is often :D )

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