The answer: by boat of course! Moose were introduced to the island in the late 1800′s and now there is one of the highest densities of moose in North America and, in Gros Morne National Park, they far outnumber the humans.
There are around 150,000 moose in Newfoundland. I’m not sure how many of those are in the park, but considering that there is no legal moose hunting in the park, I would imagine quite a few! Outside the park about 24,000 moose are taken by hunters each year.
I found this moose roaming in a field behind our campground. This is not the young moose that ran wild eyed and wobbly legged through our campsite some of you may have heard about – that was in Nova Scotia and I didn’t get a photo.
I made this image using my 70-300mm lens at 300mm. Out of the camera the moose was chocolate brown and the surrounding bush was a bright kelly green. In post processing I used my brand new Topaz B&W Effects (courtesy of Edith Levy, thanks Edith!). I cannot recall which setting I used but the effect was to reduce the saturation of the green and bring out the details of the brown.
As always I would love to hear your feedback. Do you think the effect works? Please click to view a larger version.