- Posted June 21, 2014 by
Algonquin Park, Ontario
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Travel photo of the day
And Gnat My Friends Is A Moose!
Many wildlife photographers will tell you that the best shots of birds and animals are from the window of a car. It seems that many animals have a far greater tolerance with a photographer who is tucked in the comfort of an automobile.
In June of this year, I returned to Algonquin Park in Ontario Canada. This is my new favorite spot for wildlife photography. Highway 60, the main corridor through the park, is frequented by those looking for some great roadside animal viewing. Algonquin is noted as being the most likely place in the world to see a moose. In the spring, after a long winter, the moose will frequent the ditches, drinking the road salt tainted water to help replenish the body.
For the first time since picking up a camera, I decided that this time would be different. I had heard that if you are willing to venture off the beaten path, the back country of Algonquin offers some of the best views with a paddle and a canoe. I connected with an outfitting adventure company and set off on a short camping trip. The path was a route traveled previously by the same organization and promised some great, up close and personal viewing of moose.
After 3 portages, I arrived at base camp and setup camp. That evening I went on my first paddle on a quest for moose. Within just a couple of hours, I returned to camp with a camera card packed with moose photos. The first trip out resulted in 6 sightings. I couldn't wait to get out again the next day.
The next morning, I departed camp at 5:30 a.m. on what turned out to be a beautiful day. Not only was there a stunning orange glow on the water from the sunrise, but there was an awe inspiring mist on the surface of the lake.
After paddling for about 15 minutes, the encounters with the moose began and it did not disappoint! From a photographer's point of view, a glowing sunrise as a back drop is breath taking. Throw in a mix of morning fog and a moose and you know it's going to be an awesome day. I paddled near the shore lines, into the little nooks and crannies of the small lake. Nine moose sightings in that setting, all before breakfast, was an experience that I will never forget.
Shooting from a canoe, in the back country of the park, offered up opportunities that would never be duplicated from a car. I would never consider myself as a tent camper but I am already looking forward to the next canoe trip into Algonquin Park. Algonquin, the best place on earth to see moose!