Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Where these wild things aren't anymore

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His old stomping grounds
Watercolour and crayon
©2013 Charlene Brown

Moose have pretty much disappeared from the Bow Valley west of Calgary.  Some say they were susceptible to a parasite or disease carried by, but not as harmful to, the elk which overran the area during the 70s and 80s. Whatever the cause, they aren’t often seen in the area shown here, but can still be found in Kananaskis Country, a Provincial Park just to the south of these mountains.
I had originally intended to include a moose calf, or possibly twins, as they are among the most adorable of baby animals – all head and legs, held together by a tiny little body – but then recalled that I’ve never actually seen a bull moose and calf together… and I don’t think anyone else has either.  They’ll just have to be in a separate painting.