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Denali National Park, Alaska


Moose are typically solitary animals, but this behavior changes during the autumn rut.  Calves born in the spring stay with their mother during their first summer of life.  In the fall, large bulls roam the tundra as the rut begins.  Smaller bulls often trail the larger bulls.  All of the animals become more inquisitive about each other.  In this image, a large bull and a yearling calf share a tender moment along the shore of a tundra pond filled with nourishing plants.  Unusually clear weather reflects a clear blue sky on the pond and the sunlight illuminates the fall grasses.


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