Bighorn Sheep

This ewe and other Bighorn Sheep were moving along the valley, then one by one they started climbing, in few seconds this female was twenty meters above me looking down, the dust still settling. A good skill to have when trying to get away from predators.

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Bighorn Sheep

I came across this young ram bottom of the valley, licking minerals off the ground. With the warmer weather, they are losing their winter coat and gaining weight with green vegetation to eat. But even with al the food warm weather brings to this and other bighorn sheeps, they still need to find minerals to stay healthy.

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Bighorn Sheep

Spring is here but so is winter, during the longer days snow is melting and providing support to many animals dealing with the outdoors. For last several days, the nights have been cold, but by midday there is some warmth, enough to remove some snow and opening up hidden vegetation for the wildlife. 

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Bighorn Sheep

How time flies, the 8th annual slideshow is coming up on Saturday, January 27. From 7 to 9 pm at the Cave and Basin NHS, for $4.90 per person.  Each year is different, the weather and the amount of visitors to the parks played a big role in 2017, creating different opportunities for landscape, flora and fauna photography. If you're able to, come join me as I  look back at some of the favourite moments from 2017 and the stories that go with them. 

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

It has become a funny habit of mine, getting pictures of various animals having their tongue sticking out. In most cases they are eating and simply the animals seem to be cleaning their lips. In the case of this bighorn sheep, the male was licking minerals off the ground and the tongue came out to remove anything that might be on its lips.

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

It was a sunny day, these three were licking minerals and taking in the sunshine. It's amazing how easy they make it look, standing on the very smallest ledges. Only mammal that gives the mountain goats run for their money when it comes to maintaining balance in the Rockies side of steep slpoes.

 

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

This lamb like other offsprings don't get much time to relax, they are on their feet in less then 30 minutes of birth and need to be able to follow their mother within 24 hours. They have to learn to face the elements right away, there are few places which gives them any amount of protection in the wild. Only about 50 percent of the lamb will get through their first year, because of predation, starvation, accidents and disease. I remember two years ago a two month old lamb had to outrun a wolf, that time the lamb's wild instinct saved the day. Perhaps that lamb was part of the 50 percent that survived its first year.

Until next moment,

Amar

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

It was a gathering of most of the male Bighorn Sheep that hang out in the Mount Norquay area. I spotted them all sitting in a open area at the end of the day. I am so used to taking picture of wildlife as they move from one area to another. Here I was doing the moving around, to get the best angle for the picture. I would have had preferred my wide lens to get all the males in the frame, but I was not carrying that with me. So it was the zoom lens that got used to get this picture.

Until next moment,

Amar

Bighorn Sheep

This ram was in the way, while I waited for it to move aside I started to take its pictures. I decided to take pictures straight on with the male looking right into the camera. It took couple of trys for me to time the picture I wanted. It did not seem to care about me being there, but after few minutes it looked right toward me and I got the picture.

Until next moment,

Amar

Lamb

This lamb just about a week old was bit shy about being in public. While the adults were out in the open, the lamb took its time joining them. They had made their way down to the bottom of the valley, probably for the first time for this lamb. Its growing pretty fast and gainning confidence each day, before long it will be running with the big boys and girls.

Until next moment,

Amar

Bighorn Sheep

I was not able to get the whole sheep in the picture with the lens I had on my camera. So started working on a composition that would give me a decent picture. Did not have much time, as they were about to move away from me. Did not think I had the picture I was looking for, but changed my mind once I saw it on the monitor.

Until next moment,

Amar

Bighorn Sheep

There were few rams blocking the traffic as I was making my way home. They had the right of way, so they took their time making their way to the side to the road. Camera in hand, I took the opportunity to grab few pictures before moving on.

Until next moment,

Amar

Sheep and Orange Lichen

Thanks to friends help, I was able to spot the 14 ewes taking in the morning heat on the side of a mountain. Safety in numbers, safety in the location they choose, over looking the Bow Valley surrounded by rocks covered with bright orange lichen. I wished I was up there taking in the beautiful view from their resting place, but the place was their, deserving the spot and rest after surviving a winter in the mountains. 

Until next moment,

Amar