Minnewanka sheep in the snow

Bighorn kid at Minnewanka - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Just off Lake Minnewanka there was a small herd of Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) grazing along the side of the road.  They were a mix of mothers, kids and young rams.  All told there were less than fifteen animals stretched over a hundred or so meters.  With the worsening weather, they looked to be a somber group and showed little interest beyond a few glances at much beyond the grass underfoot.

Calm in the storm - 2014 © Christopher MartinThe rain had just turned to snow which bothered me more than these animals it seemed.  I was hoping the storm might not be too heavy but this front edge had made me think that unlikely.  For this encounter, I was happy to have the snow in the air to provide a bit of interest to the area around the sheep in some of the shots.

Ram's stare - 2014 © Christopher MartinWe watched one another for a few minutes before I headed off.  The snow continued to pick up and almost a foot of snow (30cm) fell that night.  This herd was smart to dine on the soon to be covered up grass along the road before the weather hit.

A pair of sheep - 2014 © Christopher Martin

Doubling back - 2014 © Christopher Martin

8 responses

  1. elmediat

    Superb compositions.
    Really don’t want anymore snow . 😀

    May 5, 2014 at 11:17 pm

  2. They look wet-not comfortable.Good shots, though that ell a story and elicits my sympathy.

    May 5, 2014 at 9:49 pm

  3. What beautiful creatures!
    Those faces are just precious.

    May 5, 2014 at 3:23 pm

  4. I like the philosophical look of the second one.

    May 5, 2014 at 1:05 pm

  5. Gorgeous animals.

    May 5, 2014 at 9:20 am

  6. The first two shots are so atmospheric – fantastic!

    May 5, 2014 at 7:20 am

  7. Great shots! Love the first one – stunning with the light blue backdrop 🙂

    May 5, 2014 at 6:52 am

  8. Vicki

    Great series.

    May 5, 2014 at 6:22 am

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