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Copyright: Harry Eggens (Proframe) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 549 W: 183 N: 1069] (4096)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-12
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S VR Zoom-NikkorED 70-200mm f/2.8G IF, Nikon L37c UV filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-03-26 5:47
Viewed: 4898
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In the first place: Thanks for all the great comments on my previous uploads. Highly appreciated!!!

This time no predator, beast or bird of prey, but a couple of big deer.
In fact the biggest species of deer in the world: The Moose!!!

These are a female and her calf gaze at the hide I'm in to take shots of them.

These beautiful big deer are, you really don't want to know, related to Global Warming????????
Atleast as we have to believe the researchers in Norway.
Below an article from SpiegelOnline International.


Norway August 21, 2007


Norway's Moose Population in Trouble for Belching.

The poor old Scandinavian moose is now being blamed for climate change, with researchers in Norway claiming that a grown moose can produce 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide a year -- equivalent to the CO2 output resulting from a 13,000 kilometer car journey.
Norway is concerned that its national animal, the moose, is harming the climate by emitting an estimated 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide a year through its belching and farting.

Norwegian newspapers, citing research from Norway's technical university, said a motorist would have to drive 13,000 kilometers in a car to emit as much CO2 as a moose does in a year.

Bacteria in a moose's stomach create methane gas which is considered even more destructive to the environment than carbon dioxide gas. Cows pose the same problem.

Norway has some 120,000 moose but an estimated 35,000 are expected to be killed in this year's moose hunting season, which starts on September 25, Norwegian newspaper VG reported.


I'm very glad these two were still alive and hopefully they will be for a long, long time.

Thanks in advance for viewing and your comments.

Best regards and have a nice day, Harry

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Hi Harry,

Excellent capture with real feeling, good colours and details. I would not get too close as the mother can be very agressive to protect her young. I have been there many times, between the calf and the mother and as they are huge you have to take it seriously.

That was strange bit of news. As the cows create the same problem it should be globally more significant. The main reason for keeping the numbers down is at least in Finland the dangers they cause for traffic.

Thanks for sharing


Innanzi tutto complimenti per la tua presa di posizione sull'articolo riportato. L'immagine bellissima costituisce un efficace modo di comunicazione. Splendido momento di cattura che crea una sorta di stupore/meraviglia reciproco fra soggetti fotografati e fotografo (di conseguenza anche noi successivi spettatori). Ottimi POV, DOF e composizione ambientata, eccellenti i dettagli e i colori anche in presenza di poca luce: Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

Hi Harry,
Wowww... what a couple of very beautifull and lovely big deer (Moose)! Superb clarity and perfect shot my friend. Also subject on Global warming is excellent. It is changing the known ditributions of many species, even snakes. An example, in recent years many reptile species (including Desert cobra) extends their distribution to north and now we are recording from Turkey as first records.
TFS my friend and regards,

Hello Harry,

This is the first shot I have ever seen of moose and it is a privilege!

The mother and calf make a beautiful picture!
Their rich brown coats show up clearly against the snowy b/g. Lovely composition.

I wonder if trying to introduce a different diet would combat the problem? I'm sure scientists will be working on a method.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2008-03-26 6:39]


Great photo, I think there are more dairy cows in the world a little methane fart from a wild moose is doing less harm than men are. Nice capture, exellent work.
Of coures I am sitting here with lights on, and I know somewhere there is a coal fired plant making all this power I am using.

Hello Harry,
Nord-Trøndelag is one of the top three moose counties, a population that is getting a bit out of control since more animals survive because of lesser snow in the winter!
Two "smiling" specimen are captured as they notice something is going on...
Good colours and details, low light winter mood is well recorded!
Pablo -

An absolutely wonderful notion to post these today. it is still cold here at our latitude...and these might feel at home...so clearly taken as you do! Very nicely present Sir Harry!!

hello Harry

excellent shot of great wild animals with their great
eye-contact with you, i love the background and the DOF
of your image, excellent sharpness, details and contrast,
and excellent Photographer's Note to sensitize that
Norway's Moose Population is in trouble, TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-03-26 8:32]

Hola Harry.
Estos Alces deben de ser hermosos verlos en su media ambiente Natural, pues su gran tamaño es impresionante. La foto bella. gran calidad y alta nitidez

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-03-26 8:59]

Hallo Harry,
Prachtige foto met een opmerkelijk artikel.Het lijken wel lopende gasbalonnen.
Hoe het ook zij, de foto is schitterend door de prachtige bruine kleuren in de vacht, de perfecte scherpte en de pose. Goede dieptewerking door de vage achtergrond.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-03-26 8:59]

Hi Harry,
Nice to see you back after a long time. Wonderful shot of this duo and you have captured them in a fabulous pose and expression. Outstanding sharpness, colours, lighting and exposure. the DOF here is precise and I like your well chosen POV to portray them. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-03-26 10:07]

Hi Harry

Superb capture of the Moose Family, nicely composed and I like the frontal POV as we don't normally see this pose and I must say they look a lot more elegant from this angle, good detail and perfect exposure, lovely colours too.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-03-26 10:39]

Hello Harry,
How unfair to blame the Moose (we call them Elk!) for the emissions - what about the Reindeer and even worse the cattle! But it is true!! Superb capture of these two females posing very nicely for you. They seem unusually dark in colour and are very beautiful. I miss them down here in south Sweden where they're pretty scarce.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hello Harry,
This is beautiful work. Enjoyable image.
They don't look guilty. Wonderful double portrait.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-26 12:41]

What an excellent capture Harry!
The eye-contact here is superb.
Indescribably sharp with great clarity.
Great composition as well.
Excellent note.
Well done,

Hi Harry,
Superb shot of these biig deers with nice DOF and details. TFS. Regards,

Hello Harry,

Wonderful photo of a moose couple! I still beleive that humans are much more harmful for mooses (and not only) than the inverse... As for climate change - that's part of the life in a planet scale. Should humans desappear as a result, or be reduced to stone age - that would be just a small evolution step, not more.

Thank you,


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  • waylim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 296 W: 8 N: 489] (1765)
  • [2008-03-26 18:09]

Hi Harry,
First of all thanks for you visit and nice comments.
This is great image of these moose. It amazing how much detail of their dark fur you capture against such a bright background of snow. Interest story and news about them.
Thank so much.

Dear Harry, I went thru your fabulous collection. Great work.
This picture is very natural and they seem to ahve give a nice pose just for you. Very nice background and ground snow captured nicely. I guess difficult climate condictions for taking pictures. TFS. with best regards.vab

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-03-26 20:12]

Hello Harry,
Splendid family portrait of mom and tot, even if the tot is almost as big as Mom. Focus and exposure in this beautiful composition are spot on. Thank you for sharing Harry.

Hi Harry,
Nice image, like the way you made them standout. Difficult exposure, how did you manage not to overexpose the snow ? Very interesting notes too.
TFS, Regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-03-27 9:44]

Hello, Harry.
This is the funniest picture I have seen of moose (or is it meese).
The one on the left seems too be grinning. Great pair!
I like the composition a lot, and the contrast between the dark fur and the white snow...
Wonderful stance with frontal POV and good eye contact.
Great shot and TFS. : )

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-27 12:04]

Hi Harry

What a charming scene. This is beautifully composed and the exposure is excellent. I love the eye contact here. I was going to remark on your stunning bird shots but the lovely family scene one me over



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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-03-27 12:56]

Hello Harry,

Excellent capture of this pair of Moose, very nice composition
and great sharpness.. Well done


Hi Harry,
It would be ridiculous to pass the blame to these innocent creatures for global warming.
And how much carbon dioxide does each human being produce in one year? It must be some figure even though not comparable to that of another creature -- say, a Moose.
Does that mean we need to offload some human beings from planet earth to save it from annihilation? Haven't we been doing that through wars and terrorism already?
Coming to your picture of these two female Moose(s), it is an interesting capture. The pair look somewhat comic but seem to belong to the snow-covered earth in winter.
TFS and all the best.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2008-03-28 1:02]

Hello Harry,

Zeer mooi naast elkaar deze elanden, u had ze mooi te pakken op de sneeuw.
Schitterend met de oren rechtop, en kijkend naar de fotograaf, wat moet een fotograaf nog meer hebben.
Mooi scherp en excellent van kwaliteit.

Prettige dag,

What an awesome shot of these Moose!And Like I wrote to Rob, the snow actually brings out the wonderful details of these animals!
Very well done!

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-03-28 12:32]

Hola Harry, preciosa fotografia en la que deataco la luz y la composición, el motivo contrasta perfectamente con el excelente fondo. Un saludo

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-03-28 12:39]

Hi Harry
this is very lovely image
well done.

Hello Harry,
You've got their attention with with a direct "gaze" at the camera guy. The larger moose rt seems to have a defiant stance, I must say..
The image quality looks superb, with all the technical parameters in perfect alignment.
I found the correlation of the moose to global warming entirely ludicrous. Certainly the newspaper editor/writers are not serious? Hmmmm, I wonder ;)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-29 7:29]

Hello Harry,
The Moose of north America is the Elk of Europe, both being subspecies. In Scandinavia it is known as the Älg (Elk). The confusion starts when the American Elk is a species of deer that has nothing to do with with a Moose or European Elk. I hope that clarifies this!
Now to your image that I think is a great capture of a female Elk and her calf. The technical sharpness and exposure is excellent and the frontal POV and composition is nice to see.
Thanks for sharing this fine image and have a good weekend,

Hello Harry, very nice shot of these moose with lovely contrast and good exposure for both the dark and light detail. A fine pose is caught, good pov and lovely colours. tfs rgds Necip

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-31 20:36]

Hello Harry

A wonderful shot of these two.The eye contact is super.
Moose are gangly looking and beautiful at the same time,hard to describe.
This is a fantastic capture.
The focus is pin sharp and the details are excellent.
lovely rich ,natural colours.


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  • RP1 Gold Star Critiquer [C: 154 W: 1 N: 6] (251)
  • [2008-04-01 18:02]

Salut Harry,
Très belle photo, et une seine impressionnante de ces deux orignaux. Le noire contraste bien avec le blanc. Composition Parfaite.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-04-01 21:00]

Hello Harry. they're looking directly at you! Great composition and a very good technical shot, thanks!


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-03 10:28]

Hi Harry.
You have pictured a so cute pair of elks. I like wonderful title too. Eye-contact is amazing as well as brilliant composition, DOF and exposure. My compliments and best wishes.

Hi Harry,
Beautiful catch of the two Moose ( orignal in French) very well taken and presented , Excellent POV. and details, good colors and sharp picture .. well done.

Harry, you have many great shots in this gallery. This one caught my eye first - it's an excellent shot, so sharp and the faces captured perfectly.
Interesting note - I can't believe they're being blamed for climate change! So it's nothing to do with gas-guzzling cars then?? ;-)

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