Fun Friday: No Egg on My Face … Just Snow!

This Bighorn ewe had a bit of snow on her face after eating some snow. The Platte River, which lies just a few feet behind her, was frozen, so her and the other sheep would eat snow for moisture intake. And when not eating snow, they would forage in the snowy areas for grasses. Photographic […]

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Let the Games Begin!

Shortly after seeing the first of the Bighorn Sheep in Waterton Canyon, a small group of us were standing on an access road photographing the sheep on the snowy slopes. Movement from our far left caused us to turn our heads in time to see a group of Bighorn Sheep rams chasing a ewe. Here […]

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Encountering the Rams

I’ve just returned home from my trip to Waterton Canyon to photograph the Bighorn Sheep in the rut. My first encounter with several rams was within minutes of finding the first herd of Bighorn Sheep (Bighorn Sheep Herd #1). There were several large rams along the slope. Here are a couple of images captured that […]

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Bighorn Sheep Herd #1

Today’s post is the first of the Waterton Canyon Bighorn Sheep. On my first hike into the canyon, this was the first herd I came upon. There was a single, rather large ram, along with several juvenile rams, lots of ewes and even some first-year lambs. They were busy grazing along the snowy slope of […]

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Rocky Mountain High

On the last day in Rocky Mountain NP, on my recent trip there, I decided to take Trail Ridge Road all the way to the top and over to the west side, near Grand Lake. I’ve never been all the way over to the west side, so wasn’t sure what to expect. Probably the “best” […]

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Glacier’s Bighorn Sheep

I was beginning to think I would not see the Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) that normally are found around the Continental Divide area of Glacier NP, but on my last day in the park, I was finally able to spot and photograph a group of sheep that were crossing a snow-covered slope at Logan Pass: […]

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Did You Know?

Did you know that the Bighorn Sheep rams will deliberately break off part of their curved horns? When photographing the rams of Waterton Canyon and the Badlands NP, I noticed that most all of the older rams … those with “full curls” … had horns that were broken off near the tips. As a photographer […]

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Fun Friday: Smile for the Camera!

Actually, this Bighorn Sheep ram (Ovis canadensis) was performing a “lip curl”, checking the air to see if any of the nearby ewes might be coming into season, during the fall rut. The sheep, like many other mammals, have excellent olfactory sensory organs that are utilized when lip curling. The landscape is certainly different than […]

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Up Close & Personal

During one of my days in Waterton Canyon, one of the Bighorn Sheep rams came walking down the trail and walked right past me, stopping to “pose” for me: Photo Equipment Used: Canon 7D body Canon 100mm-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens Handheld ISO 800 Aperture f/5.6 Shutter Speed 1/125 sec. – 1/5000 sec.   […]

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Vertical Climb

Oops! Meant to publish this post prior to moving to the Badlands NP posts, but overlooked it. It is always such a treat to watch one of our hoofed mammals make a steep, vertical climb along the cliffs and canyon … and seemingly with no effort. As I walked Waterton Canyon one morning, this single […]

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