Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

October 29, 2011

Newest Acquisitions to the Acreage

This is what I like about living on an Acreage. You never know what the morning brings. I went out on the deck with my grand daughter  and found these three about 100 yards from the house. The cow moose was looking very good and so were her twin calves of this year.


The calves sure grew quickly. Normally we don't see them up this  way until January. For some reason they were early this year. Boots and Brooklyn both ignored them.
The two calves were bedded down in this hollow when I first saw them. I don't know where the cow was, but I suspect that she was still laying down.

Moose are rather neat things to have around, but not if you are a horse. All three horses were on high alert, prancing and blowing their displeasure.

All in all, though, not a bad way to start out the day!

I apologize for the slightly out of focus pictures, but  at first light, the only steady rest was the top of a fence post. They turned out not too bad for 1/8 of a second shutter speed.

15 comments:

Terry said...

Wow! How cool is that?

Alica said...

Well...I can say for certain that I won't see anything like this here tomorrow morning! :) Cool!

Phillip said...

Nice when wild animals feel safe on your property.

Margaret said...

They do look healthy. I think they are nice photos. I've never see one "live". How tall are they compared to horses?

Gail said...

Great pictures, I think. Amazing that they are so close.

Clint said...

Really, REALLY neat!

li said...

Wow, what an awesome sight!! I nearly clobbered a big buck going to work the other day - much better to view them from the kitchen window than the windshield! Can't imagine what a moose would do to my little car *shudder*. but then again, they don't bolt across the road, do they?

Farmchick said...

What a fantastic thing to spot on your farm. Nice to see that they feel so at home at your home.

peihome said...

Too cool!

Gregg said...

I can't say it any better than Terry; wow! how cool is that?

Ron aka TheOldGeezer said...

Wow! What a great way to start out the day. The only moose I ever see around here is the one I see when I look in the mirror.

Karen said...

Ian, that is wonderful. Don't know much about them, but they are lovely.

IanH said...

Thanks, everybody! To give you some idea of the size, the barbed wire top strand is 4 feet high. That puts the calves about 5 feet high at the shoulder and the cow about 6 feet+. A cow will go about 1100 pounds and the calves at this time about 800. The cow would be comparable to a medium size horse.

For information sake, they do run across the road and at night the first thing you see are the white legs. By that time it is generally too late to brake. Several people are killed each year by hitting a moose. In a small car, the hood generally goes under the belly, and the body through the windshield. Anybody in the front seat ends up in the back seat with the moose on top of them. Not a good scenario.

Lloyd said...

I always love looking at your pictures. Like everyone else..."wow! how cool is that?" God's blessings. Lloyd

Crystal Mary said...

They are so wonderful! How blessed you are to see the young calves also. They look strong and sturdy. Beautiful wilderness pictures.