Bighorn sheep along the Highwood Pass

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The Bighorn sheep were in a few small groups scattered on either side of the Highwood Pass at the end of the week.   These were a few of the photographs from when I saw them throughout the day.  At the lower elevations, fall is still in control and I had some warm, colourful backgrounds to work with.

Higher up, around the summit of the pass, the snow that fell earlier in the week was still on the ground and presented an alternate landscape to photograph the sheep in.

There were a good number of lambs within the larger groups.  I hope they can put on a few more pounds before winter settles in but they looked to be in good health.

For the most part, the sheep were not very interested in me.  The young one below gave me a heavy sidelong glance that made for a good image.

The salts are attracting the sheep, same as always, to the middle of the road.  Most people give them a wide berth.  This sheep was suggestive of the location they often take along the highway.

The rut is starting now so I hope I can see some good horn collisions the next time I’m up there.  The last ram I saw was scrambling up the Rock Glacier and provided a good photographic opportunity in one of the more interesting geographic locations along Highway 40.

4 responses

  1. What lovely portraits…

    October 25, 2012 at 5:20 am

  2. Really enjoy these photos. These remind me of the Big Horn we have here in Colorado up near Mt. Evans. They really like to hang out by the road. There is one of your photos there with a HUGE male. He has some serious horns on him doesn’t he. The composition of the big horn sheep in the bottom right with the big mountain range is a nice touch. Sometimes it’s really nice to pull back on an animal as apposed to always being right up close to them in the photo (IMO). I also like that you captured him up close too though. Nice variety of shots. Beautiful and peaceful. Thanks for sharing.

    October 22, 2012 at 4:46 pm

  3. Beautiful animals – beautiful photos. Nicely done.

    October 9, 2012 at 6:47 pm

  4. Stunning photos, as always.

    October 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

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