Fall gives way to winter in Breckenridge, CO.
A cow moose and her yearling calf
pay us a visit.
They browse in our yard,
feasting on dried fireweed.
The cow is protective of her calf.
She raises her head as I click the photos -
I am on my deck,
ready to retreat into the house if necessary.
Moose are the largest of the deer species.
Males weigh over 1,000 lbs (453 kg) when full-grown.
Females weigh up to 800 lbs (362 kg)
Calves weigh about 35 pounds (15 kg) when born but grow quickly.
Within 5 days, a calf can outrun a human.
Adult moose can run for short spurts up to 35 miles an hour (56 Km).
The Moose in our yard departed
when the neighbor's dog started harassing them.
But, not before Mama charged the dog,
letting me see exactly how fast she could run!