21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
The Fast and the Furriest

On a cool and dry December day in Grand Teton National Park, these three young bull moose were playing and romping as young bull moose do. They were the smaller bulls of the bunch, and that day many other photographers were chasing the larger and more mature bulls in the area. I made a choice to not follow my friends, hoping for a rarer photo opportunity, if the moose did indeed came to the water’s edge or perhaps got into the water. I did not know what these young bull moose would do, but I had high hopes and made a gamble. After waiting for hours, I finally saw my opportunity as they walked briskly toward the water’s edge, entered the water and started playing like children. I slowly and deliberately got into the water with my camera and squatted down low, and my muck boots, coat and pants got completely soaked and covered in mud. But I got this photo, one of my favorites ever from this area.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2021
Date Uploaded: 10.2023
Photo Location: Jackson, Wyoming, United States of America
Copyright: © Deena Sveinsson