And That Was The Mistake

Bull Moose Shedding Velvet - Colorado
Bull Moose Shedding Velvet – Colorado

Moose Monday!

It has become a tradition to post a moose photograph each Monday. No problem. By my calculation have about a half million moose photos.

I’m still nursing a severely strained back and just when I think I’ve made some progress, it reminds me that it’s not over with.  I’m on phase three of the recovery, which started yesterday (Easter Sunday.)

Moose Monday, I’m finding, is a bit improved from where I was the night before when I went to bed. The fifty thousand dollar question is will it be well enough to make the drive to Kentucky on Thursday? That’s a lot of driving, four long days on the road behind the wheel round-trip. I’ll make the call on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, back at the computer, I’m going through a older catalog of moose photos from 2013. It’s interesting to look at the older shots, it helps keep a perspective on the photography. What was I doing then? What were my good shots? What where my mistakes? What’s different about how I work now?  Like anyone else I suppose, I can make mistakes. Always good to not repeat them.

I found an inadvertent mistake, omission, brain fart, call it what you like, in my thinking back in 2013 vs today. My interest in moose was peaking back in 2004 and has progressed up until now. By 2012 I had figured out where and how to photograph moose and get consistently good results. One of the “holy grail” moose shots I originally put on my shoot list was the moose shedding velvet shot.  I got my first taste of that scene in 2012. Saw the whole thing from beginning to end, multiple moose, nice morning sunlight,in close proximity.

What more could a wildlife photographer ask for? I was happy. I’ve enjoyed knowing I checked that box off many years ago. I put them in a catalog and then forgot about doing it again.

And that was the mistake.