Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year in the Greenville/Moosehead region of Maine. The photos below show some of the stunning Autumn colours and some of the unique wildlife in the gorgeous countryside of the Moosehead Lake area.
Out early to photograph loons and took this photo showing the fog clearing on West Branch Pond in Northern Maine.
This little Northern Maine deer was intrigued by this white
Love this area above Greenville, Maine. I captured a flock of Canada Geese with West Branch Pond as a beautiful morning backdrop.
The Maine Coyotes are becoming more abundant in Northern Maine.
Driving on dirt roads in Northern Maine can be very dangerous for tourists trying to find the elusive Maine Moose. Many of these roads are privately owned logging roads, which means logging trucks have the right way. Picture driving down a narrow dirt road, wondering if you’re going the right way, and then seeing an eighteen wheel tractor trailer truck, loaded with logs, a massive cloud of dust behind it, cruising straight at you at fifty miles an hour. This is exactly what can happen.
A lot of people will tell you that Autumn is the best time to visit Maine so I’m lucky that I got to holiday in the Greenville area of Northern, Maine to drive around the back roads for three weeks. The best month to see the fall foliage in the Moosehead Lake area is October. Of course, the time to see peak fall colours varies each year but the first two weeks of October are a good bet for seeing peak autumn foliage in Greenville,Maine.
The Maine state mammal’s size is both impressive and intimidating by any measure. A fully grown male moose, called a bull, can reach 6 ft. in height at the shoulder and can weigh upwards of 1400 lbs.
They enjoy dining on aquatic plants in the summer months and tree bark, leaves, and balsam fir in the cooler seasons.
While clumsy in appearance, moose can run at speeds of 35 mph and can swim over 10 miles at a time.
The best times of day to see moose are early in the morning or at dusk, while the best time of year is from mid-spring through late June.
The flap of skin under a moose’s throat is called a bell.
In the Moosehead Lake Region, moose outnumber people 3 to 1.
Only male moose grow antlers, which they shed in early winter and re-grow during the year. The main function of antlers is for display during the mating season.
After their first calf, moose quite often have twins.
Moose can only see about 25 feet.
Moose prefer shady, wet areas such as bogs and marshes.
After dark, moose are very hard to spot standing on the road high above vehicle headlights. Always remain alert when driving at night. A moose encounter can result in great damage to vehicles and passengers.
Bob Libby is an award-winning photographer based on the sunny Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia. Known for his lighting mastery and craftsman’s approach to the creative process, Bob Libby is a photographer and writer that has a passion for photographing wildlife and nature.