Jasper Rams

In Jasper we revisited the same herd of Bighorn sheep on Edith’s Knoll each day in the hopes of catching the rams smashing their horns together.  There was an element of disappointment as we were early in the rut  and the males did not seem to be ramped up yet.   However, with several hours spent less than twenty yards from these majestic beasts, it proved to be a great experience watching their interactions and their mannerisms.  Spending that kind of time with wildlife on their terms is pretty special.  These are a few of the interesting moments from the time spent up on the hill.

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103 responses

  1. DCM

    Great photos, my encounter wasn’t as close. http://outdoors.devonmorton.com/2013/01/18/bighorn-ram-punch-elk-camp-at-the-sun-river-game-range/

    February 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm

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  4. Wowwwwwwwwwwwww!! the photographs are just stunning !!! thank u for sharing…

    December 30, 2012 at 11:23 am

  5. Beautifully sharp and colourful shots.

    December 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm

  6. With such a thin fleece, if it can even be called that, I wonder how they keep warm. Amazing photos. I wonder if it would be physically possible to shear them. Probably not… I imagine they would make a Poll Dorset ram seem like a Romney lamb.

    November 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

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    November 28, 2012 at 9:52 am

  8. Awsome! :)

    November 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

  9. Awesome

    November 27, 2012 at 5:26 am

  10. Amazing photos! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    November 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm

  11. These are so beautiful! Congrats on FP!

    November 26, 2012 at 1:23 am

  12. clintonsenn

    These photos might have just made my day!

    November 25, 2012 at 12:12 am

  13. Impressive set of photos. Love the clarity and detail in your photos.

    November 24, 2012 at 11:18 am

  14. Looking at these photos actually made me shiver with cold… beautifully captured.

    November 24, 2012 at 5:51 am

  15. Beautiful! Some (all?) shots would be worthy of entering the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

    November 23, 2012 at 2:36 am

  16. Amazing shots!!

    November 23, 2012 at 12:49 am

  17. Reblogged this on MzZOOMER and commented:
    Absolutely breathtaking photos of Rams in Jasper. Had to share this work by Christoper Martin. Enjoy!

    November 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm

  18. Christopher, your photos are breathtaking. I will be spending time on your wonderful blog. Keep up the great work and congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

    November 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm

  19. amazing photos!

    November 22, 2012 at 4:33 pm

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  21. Superb images! Thanks for freezing to bring us these fine images. Magnificent animals–at peace on this Thanksgiving Day.

    November 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm

  22. pamkelso

    Reblogged this on pam kelso + PK Nature Photography and commented:
    Fantastic photos

    November 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm

  23. The Rockies are a lovely backdrop to these magnificent animals. Seeing them in the snow is so much better than when you see them on the highway. This natural setting helps their beauty shine. Great photos!

    November 22, 2012 at 11:54 am

  24. rebecca93dallman

    These photos are STUNNING! I have an high interest in wild animals. I wish I had a chance to do something like that and take some photos. Not many opportunities come up like that living in London.

    November 22, 2012 at 11:38 am

  25. Beyond incredible, Chris! Congrats on FP again – well deserved!

    November 22, 2012 at 10:36 am

    • Thank you Karen.

      Hope you are still getting out to shoot frequently.

      I absolutely loved your hummingbird series from August. Beautiful work.

      Cheers,

      Chris

      November 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm

  26. great photos..

    November 22, 2012 at 7:37 am

  27. Stunning photos.

    November 22, 2012 at 7:29 am

  28. wow if you didnt use a zoom lens your probably in the hospital right now

    November 22, 2012 at 7:16 am

  29. Beautiful images!! Really sweet!!

    November 22, 2012 at 7:14 am

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  31. Beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

    November 22, 2012 at 5:22 am

  32. Simply breath-taking! God’s Creations are amazing!

    November 22, 2012 at 5:18 am

  33. I’m going to repeat what everyone else is saying – fabulous pictures! Congrats on being FP!

    November 22, 2012 at 1:21 am

  34. Your photos are amazing!!! :D
    thanks for sharing, your photos are highly inspiring!

    hope you can check out my blog here too!

    http://picturesnletters.wordpress.com

    November 22, 2012 at 1:19 am

  35. brillant collection :) following you with no second thougts :)

    November 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm

  36. they are amazing with their horns. i love all the pics you took and one of my fave is the cub in the middle of the snow!

    November 21, 2012 at 9:38 pm

  37. Awesome pictures!! That must have been a great experience, if a little cold. :)

    November 21, 2012 at 9:27 pm

  38. Beautiful shots! So much detail in their faces. It must have been even more breathtaking in real life :)

    November 21, 2012 at 7:07 pm

  39. Absolutely stunning photos! Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed….the best I have seen for ages.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:30 pm

  40. Reblogged this on crisp clean clear and commented:
    these are fabulous photos. great work

    November 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm

  41. Wow! The photograph of the ram standing on a hill overlooking miles and miles of forest is breathtaking. Amazing inspiration and reminders that landscapes like this, completely untouched by humans, do exist!

    November 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm

  42. These are amazing!!!

    November 21, 2012 at 1:12 pm

  43. You captured some of the character of the Big Horns, which is evident in these photos. Thanks for sharing! I miss these guys, too, I’m from Edmonton :)

    November 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

  44. W-O-W! … If you haven’t yet, these need to be published!

    November 21, 2012 at 8:14 am

  45. Truly majestic!

    November 21, 2012 at 7:58 am

  46. Great pics :)

    November 21, 2012 at 4:35 am

  47. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

    November 21, 2012 at 4:21 am

  48. Your work is incredible, truly.

    November 21, 2012 at 3:33 am

  49. Beautiful!

    November 21, 2012 at 12:44 am

  50. Amazing creatures…and shots!

    November 20, 2012 at 11:57 pm

  51. Absolutely gorgeous!

    November 20, 2012 at 9:44 pm

  52. Great Picture’s…

    November 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm

  53. Dan

    Thank you for sharing these photos. Beautiful! I was a terrible hunter as a kid because I couldn’t stand sitting around in the cold and the snow. I look at these photos, imagine what you went through to get them, and am confident that I still couldn’t tolerate/endure the cold temps you did to get these shots. Way to tough it out. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at them.

    November 20, 2012 at 6:55 pm

  54. Mr_black

    hloo

    November 20, 2012 at 6:35 pm

  55. Wow, what an experience. Thanks for capturing it in such beautiful photos and sharing it.

    November 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm

  56. Must have been an awesome time, shooting these great animals in their natural habitat. As written by all the previous bloggers, amazing work, especially with the extreme zoom. Cheers!

    November 20, 2012 at 5:14 pm

  57. Magnificent! Excellent photography. I get to spend time with Dahl sheep in Denali sometimes, and it’s always a treat.

    November 20, 2012 at 5:02 pm

  58. Incredible pictures!!!!! They couldn’t be more perfect :)

    November 20, 2012 at 4:55 pm

  59. is so beautiful, amazing :)

    November 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

  60. Incredible photos – all of them brilliant, all of them different. Thanks for sharing!

    November 20, 2012 at 4:33 pm

  61. Amazing shots!

    November 20, 2012 at 4:25 pm

  62. ohhhhhhhh great pics!!!!!

    November 20, 2012 at 4:08 pm

  63. Wow!! I’d love to have a experience like that!!!! They have such a…
    Peaceful look to them..

    November 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

  64. Congratulations on being freshly pressed. Jasper is my favorite National Park. Have you ever danced with the moose in the town during the fall? When the bulls don’t care who’s between them when they are ready to butt heads.

    November 20, 2012 at 3:50 pm

  65. Stunning! Thank you so much for sharing!

    November 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm

  66. Really beautiful photos!

    November 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm

  67. Amazing photos!! these creatures are awesome

    November 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

  68. Wow!!! Incredible…..one of the things to do on my bucket list. These animals are so beautiful and so powerful.

    November 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm

  69. These photos are amazing and the scenery looks breathtaking. Congrats on being freshly pressed for this post! :)

    November 20, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    • Thank you Dounia.

      It has been a busy couple of days with the traffic driven by the FP.

      I’m happy that you enjoyed the images.

      Cheers,

      Chris

      November 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm

  70. what a great way to spend time, your photos are beautiful, and the animals and scenery are just spectacular

    November 20, 2012 at 12:56 pm

  71. Awesome photos and congrats on being freshly pressed!
    I’m pretty surprise to see them wander about in the snow (but then again, what was I expecting). How long did it take you to track down a herd?

    November 20, 2012 at 12:45 pm

  72. Amazing photos of beautiful animals :D

    November 20, 2012 at 12:26 pm

  73. Fabulous! Very inspiring. They’re all gorgeous and I’m particularly drawn to the third one down.

    November 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm

  74. OH MY GOD. this is ammmmaaaaazing

    November 20, 2012 at 11:46 am

  75. chrisknox155

    Reblogged this on Great blogs and commented:
    Add your thoughts here… (optional)

    November 20, 2012 at 11:35 am

  76. Beautiful photos! I’m surprised at how plump they all look – fall fat, maybe, in preparation for winter? Do you know if they are leaner later in the winter?

    November 20, 2012 at 11:34 am

  77. The photos are truly amazing! Thank you for bringing an island girl elements of nature she’s never seen before:)

    November 20, 2012 at 11:34 am

    • Hi,

      The wildlife in Canada is one of the great reasons for putting up with the cold!

      I’m very glad that you enjoyed these images.

      Thank you for commenting.

      Cheers,

      Chris

      November 20, 2012 at 4:41 pm

  78. excellent pictures! i love seeing animals in the wild. your photos took me there!

    November 20, 2012 at 11:13 am

  79. Fantastic photos.

    November 20, 2012 at 11:13 am

  80. Gorgeous work! I love every single shot.

    November 20, 2012 at 11:01 am

  81. Wow these are really awesome photos. What type of camera do you use?

    November 20, 2012 at 10:59 am

    • Hi Ali,

      Thanks for reading and posting your comments.

      I use Canon full frame SLRs and a variety of lenses. The lenses range from wide angle (17mm) out to super-telephoto (500mm).

      Cheers,

      Chris

      November 20, 2012 at 4:45 pm

  82. Wow, wonderful images! Thanks for sharing and keep it coming. Congrats on FP!

    November 20, 2012 at 10:52 am

  83. CheyenneCharlie

    Reblogged this on Life on the High Plains of Wyoming and Colorado and commented:
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    November 20, 2012 at 10:34 am

  84. Awesome pics! Is this Jasper, Alberta? If so, I’ve been there and the scenery is breath-taking (in all those areas: Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise etc). Congrats on being FP!

    November 20, 2012 at 10:21 am

    • Hi,

      Thank you for having a look. You are correct, these photographs are from a herd in the Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada.

      Cheers,

      Chris

      November 20, 2012 at 10:44 am

  85. Fantastic images! Life surprises us when we go somewhere with an expectation, but you certainly took advantage of the opportunity that was presented to you. Great job on being freshly pressed from a fellow alum!

    November 20, 2012 at 10:20 am

  86. Awesome photos!

    November 20, 2012 at 10:13 am

  87. What awesome shots! How did you get so close? Were you scared when taking these shots?

    November 20, 2012 at 10:06 am

    • We approached these rams very cautiously the first day when we hiked up to their plateau. Once there, I watched them very closely for any sign of disturbance at our intrusion. Their interactions with each other and their body language did not change. Therefore, we returned quicker in the following hikes back up but kept constant watch for signs of changes. They were starting to position ahead of the rut so I think we were not worthy of much thought.

      November 20, 2012 at 10:49 am

  88. Great shots! To be so close in the meadow or knoll-wow. the young one embedded in the snow is so cute.

    November 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm

  89. Val

    Wouldn’t want to mess with them! :) Great pics, Chris.

    November 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm

  90. Great use of snow to accent these gorgeous creatures. Wish I could have been there.

    November 11, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    • Same thought I had. Great contrast between the white snow and the brown fur.

      November 20, 2012 at 11:01 am

  91. Amazing photos! Love the snowy background as well. Awesome work as always!

    November 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm

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