Bighorn Sheep, Packing it up

This image of a group of male bighorn sheep captures their practice of departing from the females once the mating season has concluded.

Bighorn sheep do not follow a “leader,” as many other animal species do, but instead travel in herds, as seen here.  These Rocky Mountain bighorns are a distinct subspecies inhabiting the cooler regions of the Rocky Mountains, the northwestern region of the U.S., and Canada. They prefer grassy alpine slopes, meadows, and rocky mountain cliffs, where they are most well known for their graceful navigation of insurmountable terrain.

I love the way these male stared, half intrigued and half stoic, at the camera.  They are tough, confident, and courageous in a way others can only dream of being…and they are not easily roused.

About the author

My original inspiration for landscape and wildlife photography began in northwestern Wisconsin, where I was raised observing the hilly farm and lake country landscapes. I was drawn to the Rocky Mountains and Montana in the mid 90s, when I relocated to Missoula to pursue photography. I have been fascinated with the land and with photographic opportunity since. I attended the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in 2003 and 2004 and since graduating, have enjoyed incorporating photography into my every day life. I spend virtually all of my spare time outdoors, where the natural world continues to be a source of creative inspiration for me.

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