Two Moose close to Modoc Creek, Idaho

/, Idaho, Modoc Creek, Moose, Targhee National Forest/Two Moose close to Modoc Creek, Idaho

A Moose standing near the Willows of Modoc CreekA Moose standing near the Willows of Modoc Creek – Nikon D810, f6.3, 1/320, ISO 500, +0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

The Moose were plentiful on my trip to Montana and Idaho, I think I saw 10 of them including these two that were near Modoc Creek, Idaho. The light was not the best when I photographed them but as usual a few minutes after leaving the moose behind the sun broke through the clouds and the afternoon light was wonderful.

All of the Moose I saw still had their winter coats which were bleached and getting ragged. It won’t be long before they have their sleeker, shinier summer coats.

Moose along the road near Modoc CreekMoose along the road near Modoc Creek – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/400, ISO 500, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Modoc Creek should be full and rushing along this time of the year from snow melt but it was low and moving slowly. It seems that most of the area in southern Montana and eastern Idaho had a lower than normal snow pack much like we had here in Utah. It worries me actually that this area was so dry.

The Moose were grazing on the spring grasses and after leaving Paul’s Reservoir and heading back out they were there again.

I always enjoy seeing Moose.

Life is good.



  1. Utahbooklover May 8, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Enjoyed seeing their winter coat for a change. The drought is serious but amazing how much rain we’ve been getting this week, usually in the afternoon/evening after a sunny day (more like the August pattern).

  2. Elephant's Child May 7, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Love the moose. And hope you get rain. Soon. Drought is a killer.

  3. Patty Chadwick May 7, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Exciting shots…moose always strike me as incredibly graceful with those long, slim legs and awkward at the same time…there is something very noble-looking about them, too…and it’s not just their power and their size.

  4. Brian Long May 7, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Again great shots. Thanks for sharing these.

  5. Larry Muench May 7, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Great images! Let’s hope the water situation improves. At least it was a mild Winter and the wildlife looks very healthy.

  6. Susan Stone May 7, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I envy you the moose sightings. It’s an animal I’ve always wanted to see, and so far have not been that lucky.

  7. Lois Bryan May 7, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Such a unique animal … beautiful images!!!

Comments are closed.