At the bottom of our hill, we found moose tracks in the snow leading into the woods.
That’s not unusual; moose often spend time on our mountain property. We see their tracks regularly: the solo tracks of a bull moose, and the double tracks of a cow with calf. Easy to spot in the snow. We often get the chance to ski in the moose track.
But this was different. Sticking out of the snow was something worth investigating.
This piece was heavy, too heavy to pick up and carry back to the cabin. My husband had to get the sled – the one we used to carry our son into the cabin, before he was old enough to ski himself.The antlers look like bone, wood, bark, and a flower, all together. Glorious. Not easy to carry around on one’s head, even for a bull moose.
I am reasonably certain that the rack belongs to the (formerly) ornery moose I describe in “Elixir of Ornery Moose” Not too many bull moose occupy the same territory at the same time.
Here’s a picture of a moose in the Tetons sporting a gorgeous headdress.
notice the aspen trunk legs
Fresh tracks the next day told us the Colorado moose had returned. Did he notice his rack was missing?
Goodnight, moose. Sweet dreams.