Chocolate-colored bulls and mothers with calves, modestly glance from side to side through gentle eyes, their velvety ears swiveling slowly, their passage hushed, but for the crunch of snow beneath large hooves.
Then, presto! Brought on by the scent of balsam firs, the younger moose break out into a moment of whimsy. It's a moose party! Undiscovered by human, or beast, or bird, in this patch of forest, the solemn adults follow suite.
Gracefully they waltz around the trees, tasting each delectable delicacy. Teenage moose straddle and boogaloo too, bending down branches for youngsters to chew.
The adults hum a quivering tune beneath the quarter moon. And soon, they're on the move, long legs making tracks for me to follow.