Several full-antlered bull moose sparring against the backdrop of a driving snowstorm is a rare and impressive sight.
A single large bull moose is an impressive sight. Two bull moose battling one another during the rut is awe inspiring. But several bull moose gathered in the same spot and sparring?
That’s just magnificent.
On the sagebrush flats of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, shiras moose gather in early winter to feed on antelope bitterbrush and other hardy perennials. These moose have gathered at just such a place in Grand Teton National Park.
As luck would have it, they have congregated during an early winter snowstorm, which makes for a dynamic film opportunity.
With their backs speckled white and the wind blowing snow horizontally, these brutes push against one another in what appears to be some preliminary jousting before the rut kicks into full throttle.
The sparring bulls give the impression of holding back, of being unwilling to unleash the full power and ferocity they are no doubt capable of. It’s quite a sight.