The One That Got Away

As I didn't have plans to leave the house today, I decided to look for some inspiration nearby. After seeing Katie Roses picture http://365project.org/valentinerose/365/2010-06-15 and Andrea's http://365project.org/andifree/365/2010-06-14 I went out in the back yard and decided to share this moose antler Ken literally stumbled over a few years ago when we were up in Cape Breton. It's a huge 43" across!

We were with friends, driving the Cabot Trail around the northern end of the island, hoping to see a moose. Along the way we saw a number of cars pulled off to the side of the road, so we did the same and were told a cow and her calf (moose) were just a short ways inside a boggy wooded area. Now you photographers will understand my excitement, and I made my way back to where I could clearly see them, and started taking pictures. They're not the best photos as they were standing with their backsides toward me, but it was exciting to see them up close. Well, Ken was concerned and called for me to back off, and as we started out, just as I said, he nearly tripped on this antler in the marshy ground. We put it in the car and wrapped it in a large trash bag. After two days before we reached home, it was a little rank, but it's set out now for several years and has become part of our back yard. It looks interesting in this part of the world, but would be a bit out of place in Southern California! If we ever move from here, it'll stay with the house!

Thanks for all your sweet notes and anniversary greetings. We sure had a good day! Today Ken went golfing and I had a nice time at the computer playing catch up.
It's amazing the things you find right in your own yard! What a nice, quaint shot! And it looks like the weather is quite nice there too!
posted June 16th, 2010  
Thank you very much for the kind comment! I love and miss the camaraderie of 365. It is like no other online community I've been a part of. I so greatly enjoy your photos when I'm catching up on viewing!
posted June 16th, 2010  
you didn't field dress the moose?? how will you be able to run for president? (i would vote for you.)
posted June 16th, 2010  
wow what an amazing garden ornament,I want one!!!!
posted June 16th, 2010  
What a wonderful antler to have in your own back yard!! I love the way you photographed it! :-) I stayed home today, too, but I didn't even make it to the back yard. Black clouds gathered around noon, and we had a beautiful thunder storm. I set the tripod at the front door and attempted a raindrop photo - that's what I ended up with for today ;-)

Playing catch up takes a lot of time, but it's fun! I am constantly amazed by the gorgeous things people find to photograph! 365 is like the best of all worlds! ;-)

I was happy to hear that the roof work is progressing! If only they could start a little later, so you could sleep in... That's how my husband is - he wants to get up and go! He has some wonderful ideas about the house, and I am looking forward to moving to Washington and sharing photos of red brick buildings and quaint streets ;-)

Good night and till tomorrow ;-))
posted June 16th, 2010  
Neat shot, and a neat story! I enjoyed this.
posted June 16th, 2010  
wow! what a great thing to find lying around...though not so great for the moose! love the angle you chose to shoot this at! the surrounding colors are lovely as well!!
posted June 16th, 2010  
*waves* This week is nutty already and more than I can go into here but I wanted to pop in and wave hello and let you know I am thinking of you. =)
posted June 16th, 2010  
awww thanks for the shoutout! I gotta say I LOVE the antlers, they are the perfect garden art, the texture and colors fit perfectly. I also like the peak of the wheelbarrow you have.
posted June 16th, 2010  
What a great story! It makes for a wonderful piece of Yard Art!
posted June 16th, 2010  
Amazing what we can find in our own backyard, especially if we've put it there.
posted June 16th, 2010  
Oh my, they are massive. Loved reading how you found them.
posted June 16th, 2010  
I love your stories with your pictures :) Great picture!
posted June 16th, 2010  
How interesting. It looks like wood.
posted June 16th, 2010  
Yes, I vote for you to be president as well!! Great find and lovely memory to go with it.
posted June 16th, 2010  
Fabulous shot. Thanks for your comments on my photos - I really appreciate them.
posted June 16th, 2010  
Oh, I love this, and always...the story behind it!
I tool a little photo from my backyard too...and just uploaded it tonight for Monday's date, which I'd missed. You'll see why.
posted June 16th, 2010  
Very nice shot. I love the story and in the shot, I love the little bits of colour from the flowers, they just highlight the lovely weathering on the antler.
posted June 16th, 2010  
That is so cool! My brother in law in Jackson, Wy had one chase him around the yard once to the point that he feared for his life! He will never forget that one!
posted June 16th, 2010  
Great "find" - in more ways than one!
posted June 16th, 2010  
This is amazing! How big would the moose have to be to be able to support something this massive?
posted June 16th, 2010  
Cool!
posted June 16th, 2010  
Great find! looks good in its setting!
posted June 16th, 2010  
Tha Cabot Trail is one of my favorite places to visit. Great views. I did see a moose there one time.
posted June 16th, 2010  
There are lots of interesting places to see where you are at Louise, and I'm glad you are enjoying driving around. I'd wish to visit the place someday too.
posted June 16th, 2010  
Wow what big antlers you have got
posted June 16th, 2010  
Moose are so amazingly large. Thanks for the history of how this came to be in your yard. Nice photo.
posted June 16th, 2010  
What an amazing find! We ran into a moose and her baby in Alaska. They are HUGH animals. Needless to say, we got into a little trouble with her as she had her baby with her......that's a long story for another day....but I DID end up getting several shots of them.
posted June 16th, 2010  
Wonderful find!! I never knew they were so big!
posted June 16th, 2010  
truly a very interesting find, Louise!
i am always touched by your encouraging comments of my project. thanks again!
posted June 16th, 2010  
That's so cool!
I love all your interesting stories!
And a good picture, too :)
posted June 16th, 2010  
43" and that's only HALF of the set?!!? OMG! I knew moose are big, but THAT'S GINORMOUS! (And, what a lovely momento in your garden ...)
posted June 16th, 2010  
Denise makes a good point...that's just the width of one antler...he was a BIG boy! It was in a national park, so he wouldn't have been in danger from hunters, and obviously just grew and grew! What I wondered was, "how must his head have felt with a lopsided antler that size on one side?!" (And "ginormous"...they're such a danger on the road because a car can "almost" drive under one...)
posted June 16th, 2010  
an interesting and lovely composition .....
posted June 16th, 2010  
re: "our" shot ... (I have to admit, I'm kinda overwhelmed by the response!) I probably took ten without realizing what I actually had until I got it home and up on the computer. That was the only shot with matching horizons (which I wasn't paying any attention to - I have to be very careful taking water shots as it's so easy to get a lopsided horizon - LOL)! The original was really good and then when I started messing with selective coloring - better!
posted June 16th, 2010  
What a great story. I have to wonder about how the antler got to be there, though. Hmm...
posted June 16th, 2010  
@Krissy, "antlers" shed, so this fell off. Conversely, "horns" do not fall off. We looked that up after we came across this!
posted June 16th, 2010  
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Interesting story and a nice shot! :]
posted June 16th, 2010  
Whoa! Very nice.
posted June 16th, 2010  
Very nice garden addition and nice composition. Looks great!
posted June 16th, 2010  
Hi...thanks for the link to deGrazia.... hadn't come across his work before so have enjoyed a good look through the site. My painting is after the school of Kenneth Webb (Irish artist) who worked in Bangor in the 1960s. Churches usually mark only the bigger numbers in anniversaries.... friend of mine just celebrated 25 years and that is marked.
posted June 16th, 2010  
Loved the story and it is definitely a cool garden ornament!
posted June 16th, 2010  
i love the point of view on this, the curve of the antlers, and the flowers peeking in the background.
posted June 17th, 2010  
Wow another fantastic story Louise & ken! Beautiful picture too, how Canadian! I must say i just can't understand what motivates modern people to hunt these gorgeous creatures for sport! I would love to see moose in the wild.
posted June 17th, 2010  
Thank you for your comment on my water lilliea Louise.
The way the sun shone on the leaves was amazing.
I think a few people thought I coloured it like that, but it is as I took it.
They were absolutely beautiful.
posted June 17th, 2010  
Oh, nifty antlers. Can understand why you'd want to drag them home with you. They're very majestic and Bullwinkle-worthy. :-)
posted June 17th, 2010  
Great moose story and the antler will always remind you of it. It makes a cool picture too.
posted June 17th, 2010  
wow they are massive , nice find ken .. i cant get over how much they look like wood . Nice peice to the garden
posted June 17th, 2010  
Nice antler! It is hard to imagine how they carry all of that weight around. I think that it makes great "garden art" :o)
posted June 17th, 2010  
This is such a unique photo and story! It made me laugh!!
posted June 17th, 2010  
Cool story- unique backyard addition! I wish I could find one!
posted June 17th, 2010  
One antler? Okay, now I'm doubly impressed. :-)
posted June 17th, 2010  
Wow, magnificent! Love the story to go along with it. I have only seen a moose once and from a distance, so that's incredible that you not only got to see one with a calf but you even got a "souvenir" from your experience.
posted June 19th, 2010  
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