I was up on Mt Evans again today. I was just past the Visitor’s Center and was thinking I used to see bighorn rams pretty regularly in this area, and I hadn’t seen any for the last year. Apparently the Mountain Gods heard my wish and granted my request, because when I turned a corner, there was a group of about half a dozen big rams.

These guys were apparently fairly habituated to people, because they didn’t mind me hanging out for a bit – and even approached me (I suspect they’ve been fed by people before and might be looking for a handout – sorry, guys, I don’t feed wildlife).

They were so close I could only get head shots. At one point I was holding the camera and firing the shutter with one hand while trying to keep the wind from stealing my hat with the other hand (those images did not turn out as well).

Many of the images have that chiaroscuro effect with shadows across the face from their horns, but in this image, he followed by directions and faced into the sun briefly, allowing a beautifully lit portrait. He’s a gorgeous animal.

Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis)
Mt Evans Wilderness Area, CO, USA
Sony a580
Sony 70-400
Hand-held
ISO200, 1/320sec, f/8, 150mm, +0.7EV
Shot in RAW, processed in Lightroom & Nik Software

I’m primarily a nature photographer, usually wildlife, and I have lots of access to wildlife in Colorado. My main goal is to capture some of the individual personality of each of the animals I photograph – to document not just a fox, for instance, but to show something of that specific fox, something unique about that individual animal.

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