Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

This sure isn't the Easter bunny, but it's what I saw when I opened the door early this morning. Lying a little too close to the front porch for comfort, I decided retrieving the morning paper could wait and grabbed my camera instead for a few quick shots.

This is the same moose I saw feeding in the slough yesterday. He looks old and slow and like he doesn't feel real chipper. These are magnificent, if a bit homely, animals. If he wants to hang out in my yard now and then, that's fine with me.

After weeks of truly cold weather and almost daily bouts of sleet, gropple and even real snow, yesterday and today have given us hope with sun and warmth enough to shed a few layers. I noticed that the slough looked quite different - there must be fresh water flowing into it now such that the bottom is visible. It usually isn't. The moose was feeding just to the left of this framing.

I couldn't resist zooming in to get these shots. Now what to do with them...

And looming over all, still plenty of snow on the mountains.

As I walked back to the house, I happened to look up and see these two having some fun. Not sure I've seen tandam flying overhead before.

Hope you've had a lovely Easter.


Connie Rose said...

Sheila, I saw a jet high above today -- one jet leaves two contrails, one from each jet engine!

Fran├žoise said...

Beautiful pictures!
Happy Easter to you too.

The Idaho Beauty said...

Connie, you made me doubt myself enough to go back to the original picture, but trust me, there are two planes. If you click for the larger version, you might be able to see the separate contrails on at least the upper one in this sized-down picture. They were really flying high!

Thanks Francoise - it's so nice to have a place to share and an appreciative audience.

Felicity said...

I had to click the photo to check too. That is really amazing at that altitude. And a moose outside the house - wow! Are they dangerous, is that what you meant by 'too close'?

The Idaho Beauty said...

Yes, Felicity, moose can be quite aggressive. They are literally as big as a small horse. I know this one looks quite docile. One really does want to stroke that old muzzle. But the hooves are lethal if they get their dander up.