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Bighorns Battling in Red Rock Country by A.M. Ruttle

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The rut is on… well matched bighorn rams that are suspended in air about to clobber each other. The jolting “crack” of their horns / heads / massive bodies meeting reverberates off the sounding rock, and you can almost feel the explosion of power in your bones. The battle starts with circling, stiff-legged forward kicking (often aimed at private parts), locking a horn over the back of the other, more circling and kicking, then they back off a bit and gather momentum for this ramming charge. There are bighorns in other parts of the intermountain west, but these on the high mesa east of Zion National Park are in such stunning country. Canon 7D, ISO400, f13, 1/640, 400mm (100-400mm L), tripod, near Springdale, Utah, USA. Views 773 and Favorites 26 as of 18 June 2012, thanks for stopping by!
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  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 3 years ago

    excellent capture, great timing.
    my best, francis

  • :-), nice to see you stop by, Francis!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks for all your work with the groups, Ray!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • swaby
    swabyalmost 3 years ago

    Wow excellent!

  • Thanks for stopping by, swaby!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • supergold
    supergoldalmost 3 years ago

    what a wonderful capture !

  • Merçi, supergold!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzalmost 3 years ago

    well caught

  • Nice to see you drop in, George!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadealmost 3 years ago

    Wow!! What grea timing!!

  • Fun eh Kay?!! Thanks for dropping by!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • AuntieBarbie
    AuntieBarbiealmost 3 years ago

    Awesome, elegant, beautiful – and scary too.

  • Love you goal in life, AB! Thanks for the great comment!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Robert H Carney
    Robert H Carneyalmost 3 years ago

    Impressive, AM!

  • I’m in the middle of a tough work week, Robert, and you’re making my day with your kind comment and the honor of the feature!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture Arla

  • Hi Larry, for some reason lots of folks confuse me and Arla; no worries!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Alyce Taylor
    Alyce Tayloralmost 3 years ago

    Awesome :)

  • Love that “awesome”, Alyce, thanks!

    – A.M. Ruttle

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