19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Early Morning Kiss

Two moose share a kiss in the early morning golden hour. A beam of light perfectly lands on them through moody clouds, and the Grand Tetons provide a bold and mystical backdrop. After the bull yearningly leaned in, the cow reciprocated and looked in his eyes the moment their noses touched, giving comfort to the bull as he gently closed his eyes and then bashfully moved his head away.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Jackson Hole, Wyoming, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D850
Copyright: © Brian Clopp