I’ve seen quite a few Bighorn Sheep, but I rarely photograph them in the spring or summer as to me they always look best in the winter. I also really don’t care too much about the ewes. I find their appearance to be very alien and more than a little un-settling. Now the lambs that is a whole new story. In a word, adorable. They were so cute and fun to watch that I broke a cardinal rule and photographed despite some harsh light. If you are keeping tabs over these last few trip reports from Yellowstone, you know I had difficult weather to deal with. They were so cute that I had to photograph a few of these lambs. So enjoy them for the capture they are and sort of ignore the light.
The Bighorn lambs in these images are about 5 days old and already ready to leep great distances as well as run with their moms. Which is a good thing when you have Golden Eagles hunting them too![singlepic id=962 w=320 h=240 float=center]
In case you were curious:
- Bighorn ram’s horns can weigh 30 lbs (14 kgm)—more than all the bones in his body combined.
- They have split hooves which aid in balance and rough hoof bottoms for natural grip.
- Can jump a length of 20 feet (6 meters) ledge to ledge
You can see all of my Bighorn Sheep photography and order prints…HERE.[nggallery id=124]
Here’s the map of the top secret location for finding the bighorn lambs! Ok, it isn’t really top secret, but it is where I found them most evenings.