Nearby, a mother moose has given birth to a calf. The pair has been hanging out near my neighbor's house, and she took these photos. She was kind enough to give me permission to share them with you.
Look how tiny the calf is!
The pair has positioned themselves for days on end so that my neighbors must walk past them to take their four dogs for a walk. I'm sure that it's nerve-wracking but my neighbor says that the mama moose just watches them go by. Of course, their dogs are leashed!
I just can't get enough of seeing how little the calf is compared to the mama moose!
It has been a pattern in our neck of the woods that mother moose are giving birth close to houses, and then they stay near those houses for quite a while. I've started wondering if being close to humans gives a bit of protection for the tiny calves. Both mountain lions and bears could kill a calf, and neither likes going close to houses.
Part of what I like about wide open meadows is that I can see whether there are dangers lurking nearby, like mother moose who might not want us around!