Two moose, a cow and her calf, taken from my back porch. The neighbor's garden had some vegetables left under the snow, and the moose's sensitive nose had located it.
This cow moose had come out of the brush to get a few licks of the salt that is mixed with the sand that is spread by DOT crews over the fresh snow.
On the way south, I came on this small band of bison grazing along the side of the Alaska Highway. A few miles south of here another, much larger, herd was similarly enjoying a meal and providing tourists with photographic opportunities galore.
On the way back north I stopped at Trapper Ray's Liard Hot Springs Lodge for a meal. While there, this herd of bison strolled past, stopping to graze as they sauntered by.
A full-curl Bighorn ram along the Alcan.
About 10:30 on a mid-July night, this cow moose and her young calf come out of the brush on the north side of the Glenn Hwy., intending to cross to the south side.
Picking her way carefully, so as to avoid coming any closer to me, the cow proceeds down the gentle slope, her calf not far behind.
Now at the edge of the parking area, cautiously eyeing the parked pickup to determine whether it poses any threat to her calf, the cow hesitates before commiting herself to further progress.
Slowly proceeding, taking her time and making sure everything is safe for her calf, the moose steps out onto the gravel.
Satisfied that it is safe to continue, she leads the calf toward the highway and the brush on the other side.
One final check to ascertain that I will be no threat to herself or the calf, the cow prepares to cross the final hurdle before reaching the relative safety of the brush on the other side.
After there being no traffic for nearly half an hour, just as the two moose begin to step onto the pavement, a pickup comes zooming around the nearby curve and right at them. They hurriedly retreated back into the brush on the uphill side of the highway.
10/15/07 - Near Hungry Hollow, a young caribou heifer and a nice-looking bull cross the Denali Hwy.
12/17/06 - A trio of moose - Mama and her two offspring from the previous spring - enjoyed grazing on the tall grass left in the yard of a vacant house, conveniently across the driveway from my kitchen door. Here, the bull calf stares toward a movement in an adjoining yard.
12/17/06 - Mama moose rests while her the two young'uns continue to vie for the best grass - without expending an inordinate amount of energy.
Near Haines Junction, Yukon on the Haines Cut-Off, this sow brown bear and her year-old cub were dining on a succulent natural salad when I spotted them.
Another view of the pair of brown bears, that I later labeled "Mrs. Brown and her Young'un".
A few miles south of Glennallen on the Richardson Hwy, a cow moose with her yearling calf hurry across ahead of vehicles from both directions.
The calf seems intent on beating Ma Moose to the other side.