Habitat: Spruce forests; freshwater marshes; willow thickets; Interior river valleys.
Viewing tips: Look for browsing areas in the early morning and at twilight, especially along highways where roads are close to rivers and ponds. Moose are commonly seen in the Mat-Su Valley, on the Kenai Peninsula, and in the Anchorage Bowl.
Fantastic facts: Weighing up to 1,600 pounds, moose are the largest deer in the world. They can run at speeds up to 35 mph and can swim at 6 mph for up to two hours. During the breeding season (or “rut”), males joust with one another by bringing their massive antlers together and pushing. Cows with calves can be fiercely protective; don't come between them. Moose are prized by hunters for their delicious meat; Alaskans harvest 6,000 to 8,000 annually.
Alaska Storyteller Photography wildlife Moose photograph #2002061202227 by Robert M. Braley Jr.
This photograph was taken on Eielson Air Force Base, North Pole, Alaska.
Animals are a major group of mostly multicellular, eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom Animalia or Metazoa. Their body plan eventually becomes fixed as they develop, although some undergo a process of metamorphosis later on in their life. Most animals are motile, meaning they can move spontaneously and independently. All animals are also heterotrophs, meaning they must ingest other organisms for sustenance.Most known animal phyla appeared in the fossil record as marine species during the Cambrian explosion, about 542 million years ago.
Robert M. Braley Jr., Tacoma, Washington Member Since February 2009 Artist Statement Photographer: Robert M. Braley Jr., MSgt, USAF/AKANG (ret)
Robert was born in Washington D.C. in 1951 to parents who were officers in The Salvation Army. In 1955 Robert moved to Southern California where he grew up in Santa Monica.
In 1970 Robert joined the USAF and spent most of his four years in Northern California at Travis AFB and/or South East Asia (SEA) at U-tapao Airfield in Thailand.
Robert moved to Alaska in 1985 from Southern California and has a great love for Alaska, his home. The subject that most inspires Robert is historical events that have made Alaska what it is today. I have exploried this theme in a variety of media but my exploration of the subject always begins with existing photographic documation.
Robert joined the Alaska Air National Guard (AKANG) in 1990 and over the years became involved in AKANG history as a 176th CES Unit Historian an Photographer, a 176th Wing Historical Property Custodian, an "unoffical" AKANG historian and Alaska National Guard Museum Fund, Inc., Board Member. Robert retired from the AKANG 1 Oct 2008.
Roberts photographs often highlight the overall story, domestic concerns, people and equipment from an historical perspective. Through these images, I hope the viewer connects with the recognized items and therefore develops sympathy and enjoyment for the history of Alaska, as well as, curiosity about the people that once lived here, as well as those that live in Alaska now. It is my goal that through my photography, people will realize that the photograph's and stories are not just debris. They are symbols that show a unified simple but grand theme about Alaska: people’s efforts to maintain a living from the Alaska’s vast natural resources despite its extreme conditions.
I moved to Bakersfield, California in September 2009.