Down From the High Country

Today’s post comes from my recent trip to the Badlands National Park (South Dakota). I was hoping to see some Bighorn Sheep rams, but I wasn’t sure if it was too early for them in the “lower country”. The rams live as a group of rams, away from the ewes and lambs … that is, until the rut nears. At that time, they travel out of the high country, in search of love.

Here are a few of my favorite images I captured on my first encounter with them:

Bighorn Sheep Ram

It’s so interesting how these guys can stand and travel on a nearly vertical surface:

Bighorn Sheep ram

Bighorn Sheep ram

Bighorn Sheep ram

Below the above ram, a small group of rams were busy grazing:

Bighorn Sheep rams

Coming up … a little action from one of the rams.

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm IS lens
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 200
  • Aperture f/5 to f/8
  • Shutter 1/500 sec. to 1/1600 sec.



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Posted in 2019, Blog, Mammals, National Park, Nature Photography, Travel Photography
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