Thursday, September 16, 2010

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Yesterday, Bill and I took a beautiful drive up into the mountains to see the Fall colors. On the way home we drove through Bighorn Sheep Canyon (Route 50 between Salida and Canon City) and Bill spotted a herd of sheep on the other side of the Arkansas River.

There were about a dozen sheep in the group: one large male ram, several breeding female ewes and younger offspring that were probably born last Spring.

We parked the car and I climbed up on some rocks to watch them and take pictures. They were quite a distance away, but we both got some decent shots.

While we watched, they headed west along the train tracks.

Every once in a while, they would stop, look over to the road and check out the traffic.

After awhile, they turned and headed up the hill. I have lots of pictures of their backsides. Seeing these majestic animals was a real treat!

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