Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year.
Yes. I said I had finished with Alaska, but apparently not. And, yes, this may push the boundaries of people’s concept of beauty. So be it. That said, I have a fascination with moose. For a long time. So much so, on our first Christmas together, my former husband presented me a pearl necklace strung around the neck of a stuffed moose.
No big surprise that on my recent trip to Alaska, seeing a live moose was high on the list of “musts.” For 10 days, all my fellow travelers determinedly searched the early morning and late afternoon roadsides in solidarity with my search. Around Day 8, we agreed an advisory had gone out to local wild animals—”Alert: Midwestern woman on the loose. Hide.” Dear “niece” Lisa was insistent that I not complete my Alaskan experience without fulfilling this wish. On returning from our cruise to see the glaciers the day before I left, she and her husband took me to a wildlife refuge. The shots below capture the beautiful bizarreness of this goofy looking creature. Despite his big gangly presence, he is curvaceous and, like that stuffed toy I received long ago, soft and sweet. A combination I find beautiful—an offbeat beauty. Una bellezza insolito.
PS The next, and my last morning, Lisa and I pulled out the driveway to see a mama moose and baby chewing away in the ditch across the road. Murphy’s Law.