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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Moose at Brainard Lake

July 25th, 2015 · 2 Comments

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As the temperature in Boulder climbed to 93 degrees today, I went even higher in the Rocky Mountains than any day this year. My friend Sharon, a friend of hers also named Sharon, and I drove up to Brainard Lake at 10,050 feet where the temperature this morning made me glad that I was wearing a heavy jacket even though the sun was out and we had little wind.

We went there thinking that we might see bull moose feeding in the willows just south of Brainard Lake. We saw five just as we arrived at sunrise.

But my friend Sharon spotted a young bull on the far side of the lake. While further away from us, we had clear views of him, so that’s where I directed my attention as long as he remained there.

The Moose Stands at Lower Right Below Mount Audubon

The Moose Stands at Lower Right Below Mount Audubon

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Unlike the older bulls, younger ones prefer to eat and drink from the lake.‚Äč

Up from a Big Drink

Up from a Big Drink

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As I watched, the young bull moved west. Then, it swam across the lake.

The Moose Swims

The Moose Swims

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He swam to the south shore of the lake, where I was standing. He rejoined the herd.


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  • 1 Carol // Aug 2, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Hi David, I am from Arvada, CO and due to your mentions of Brainyard Lake and beautiful photos taken there, we finally went in July and were lucky to spot 2 moose on the south side of the lake. This is a beautiful place and a great place to get some exercise. Thanks for all you do, your diabetes articles, book on Byetta (which helped me tremendously) and your beautiful photos. I really enjoy your newsletters!

  • 2 David Mendosa // Aug 3, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Wow, Carol! Thanks for letting me know that you were able to see the moose that I wrote about and that you read what I write about diabetes too.