Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep  Winter is so beautiful around Yellowstone: my favorite time of year to visit the park.  In winter, bighorn herds move to lower-elevation mountain pastures where it’s easier to capture a nice photo.  All the wildlife, like this Bighorn Sheep, stand out against the snow in their full winter coats.  Those huge horns can weigh up to 30 pounds even though the sheep may only weigh up to 300 lb.

Young Bighorn Sheep

Young Bighorn Sheep

Young Bighorn Sheep are called lambs, but this guy seemed too big to be called a lamb.  He was a very curious sort.  After I had positioned myself out on a cliff to capture a different image, he started to follow me.  He blocked my way back off the cliff for about a half hour.  He just stood there.  The cliff was a couple hundred feet down on all sides so I had to wait and enjoy the view of sunrise over there Badlands.  Finally, he moved on.

Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep

Several herds of Bighorn Sheep roamed Yellowstone NP this week.  Actually, it’s the largest number of Bighorn Sheep I have ever seen in the park.  They’re so majestic.  They seem to be more comfortable when they standing on the side of a hill or mountain.  Just walking down the road does not appeal to them.  For you photogs, this image would have been impossible if not for the Nikon 1 V1 with the 70-300mm lens making it 810mm with the 2.7 crop factor.