Friday, December 26, 2008

Stupid Is As Stupid Does...


It is amazing the stupid things you see people do at National Parks. I guess they forget the first part of wild animal is WILD. These are some of the most unpredictable and dangerous animals you can run into and they just walk right up to him and spoiled photo opportunities for those of us that respect the wildlife and play by the rules. This incident was even worse than the photo shows, but I will not go into that right now. I am sure there are plenty of you out there that look at this site that have run into similar events.

10 comments:

Woody said...

Like Ron White Says, "you can't fix stupid"

I can't believe they got that close...

kjpweb said...

Oh my! People are nuts! Hope they got raked by that Moose! Not real bad - but at least that bad, that they can't sit for a day or too! ;)
Good that you at least kept your distance!
Cheers, Klaus

Ann from Montana said...

Good Lord!

There is a reason for a telephoto lens...

I have watched people climb up after bighorn sheep and had to walk away afraid of seeing disaster. I don't want to even think about what happened here.

Great capture on your part, though!

DVM's Wife said...

Nothing better than a Yellowstone traffic/animal jam!
People have no idea the power of a bull moose. All for a silly picture! Glad you were at a safe distance!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

About as stupid as people getting out of their cars to ask what I am looking at and it is lions laying in the grass!! :)

Leedra said...

Park traffic jabs, at the highest. They do the same with the bears in Great Smoky Mtns National Park. The dear are no longer wild in Cades Cove.

Ken Conger Photography said...

Interesting shot. Unfortunately these tourons (tourist morons) just want to capture a special wildlife siting but don't have a clue of how dangerous moose are. They grew up with Bullwinkle and have never been educated about the difference. There are more moose/human injuries than bear/human confrontations, especially the female moose when they have young. That being said, I have seen a number of pro photographers do stupid things as well, those that compromise willingly compromise the animals behavior for the shot. Blue Skies.

Willard said...

That photograph illustrates one of the major problems with photography in the National Parks and to a certain extent in the Pennsylvania Elk Range.

I too have seen this often and I have heard of persons trying to set a child on the back of a bull elk to get a shot of that situation. Ken has nailed the situation exactly in his comment.

I also like your more recent posts, especially the one of the lights in Shippensburg.

Happy New Year and hope to meet you in the coming year.

Salty said...

Too many folks are totally clueless when it comes to the "real" outdoors and occasionally disaster follows. When it does the reporters usually portray it as the animals fault.

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