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Winter's Vibrance

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The other day, I got to spend the evening with a group of over 17 moose. When I arrived on the scene, well before sunset, all 17 were laying down. I waited patiently and all of a sudden, one moose after another started to get up and move about. Some were foraging, some were socializing, and some were even fighting. The two that were fighting were actually two females and as they stood up on their hind legs and kicked viciously at each other, the bulls looked on. One of the females surrendered and sprinted directly towards me. She got within 5 feet before she made a sharp turn to the right. It was at this point that I realized I was completely enclosed within all the moose with no exit. I have never felt nervous around moose, but I didn't appreciate them trapping me like that. I waited for a few minutes for a few of them to move away and as soon as they did, I made my way out of the moose group. It was an awesome and exhilarating experience and the sunset over the Tetons and the valley below was one of the most vibrant sunsets I have ever seen. Pink, purple, red, and orange colors bounced off the white clouds and the white peaks and created a massive explosion of light and color. Hopefully we'll get more winter sunsets like this one!

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Taken on November 26, 2014