I went up to my friends Clint’s cottage in Bancroft with his family for Thanksgiving weekend. On Sunday morning, Clint and I headed up to Algonquin Park for a day of photography. We where rewarded with some fantastic weather and wildlife. There was a heavy frost in the morning, which made for some nice photographs. Later in the morning we found some people canoeing in the morning fog. Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without a nice turkey. This turkey wasn’t on our plates, but on the side of the road on the Highway 60 corridor. We had really been hoping to find a nice bull moose, which we didn’t find. We did find a nice cow and calf hidden amongst the tamaracks along Opeongo Road. They where only visible in a clearing for a brief second along for a photo or two before disappearing into the dark woods. It was a fantastic day of hiking and photography. I can’t wait to get back to the park.
Moose (Alces alces) are the largest member of the deer family. In the spring, they come out and drink the water from the roadside ditches. This is a great source for sodium from the road salt used in the winter road maintenance. The bulls are regrowing their impressive antlers, which they dropped after the previous breeding season.