July 25, 2013

Moose, British Columbia

Photograph by Paul Colangelo

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

A camera trap catches two moose crossing Ealue Lake in northwestern British Columbia, Canada. National Geographic Explorer Paul Colangelo set up the camera on a land bridge between the lake and a fen, where wildlife frequently pass.

"In the three weeks that the camera was set, it captured images of about 12 moose, two wolves, and a grizzly. On the morning both of these shots were taken, I was actually canoeing back to the spot to take down the trap," he says. "While I was canoeing through the mist you see in the background, I saw the flashes pop and two moose trot away. Had I left five minutes earlier, I would have botched the two best shots!"

Colangelo's camera trap was part of the Sacred Headwaters project, a five-year effort to document a largely unknown wilderness area in northern British Columbia before gas and mining projects change the area forever. The efforts to protect the region resulted in the permanent ban of oil and gas exploration in the Sacred Headwaters.


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32 comments
Kelly K
Kelly K

Beautiful photo! Proud to be Canadian :)

Vincenzo Piramide
Vincenzo Piramide

Afsolutely real and very well done in terms of moment captured, light and composition! Congratulation Paul!

SamanthaLyn Samuelson
SamanthaLyn Samuelson

complex & captivating, yet there is an awesome simplicity too...unique & so artistically seen

Filipe Deandrade
Filipe Deandrade

Strikingly similar to some of the views I took in along the Appalachian Trail. 

Shannon T
Shannon T

Lovely. That's a well placed camera trap. I hope the area remains unchanged.

Samir Mittra
Samir Mittra

Good photograph having superb background showing

mother nature.

V. Caron
V. Caron

I long to visit this area someday.  So beautiful and serene.

Ashton W.
Ashton W.

far out capture, fabulous. 

C. Hamada
C. Hamada

The water surface is like natural mirror and I can feel such tranquility of British Clumbia! We must protect all the precious beautiful environment that Nature has given us.

Ronald Chick
Ronald Chick

I am so glad you were able the save that area from the wrecking ball !  Mother nature never ceases to amaze me of her beauty and majesty and you took a beautiful picture as well.  Thanks.  And yes I would like to have that on my desk top as well. 

Celeste M.
Celeste M.

Beautiful! British Columbia has so many beautiful wonders to share with the world. 

Bankim Desai
Bankim Desai

Good Shot ..................Beautiful Picture

Dominique Dupont
Dominique Dupont

I copied and pasted it in Word with a little editing. I printed it on a 11 x 17 . Now its on the fridge at our office. Abugov Kaspar in Calgary !

Rebekah Grant
Rebekah Grant

Thanks for the narrative - it adds so much to an already beautiful picture. 

Mairead K.
Mairead K.

Wow, beautiful reflections! You can feel how serene it it.As a high school student with a passion for photography I always turn to National Geographic for inspiration, and it never lets me down! 

For those interested, my work can be found here: http://maireadkahn.wordpress.com/

Majken Kruse
Majken Kruse

WOW - how amazing! Luck was on your side timing wise.  Beautiful shot. 

ankita verma
ankita verma

wohh!  that's  pretty interesting.  nice work.

Kathleen Scholl
Kathleen Scholl

@Mairead K.  You have a beautiful site, Mairead.  As Rebekah's comment above says: the narrative adds so much--it's like taking a photography course as you go through your pictures.  Your pictures remind me that photography is art!  

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