Bighorn Sheep All Over the Place, 1-29-17


I went looking for the herd of bighorns that hang out in the vicinity of Taos Junction Bridge and the road to the rim. This time I spotted them spread out along the slope that lies directly below the road, with a group of rams less than 50 yds. away. Sure enough, there he was – Mr. Tough Guy.

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Group of bighorn rams, with Mr. Tough Guy on the right.

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Mr. Tough Guy, distinguishable by his battered horn tips.

After taking these photos, I looked across to the mountains and far rim. I saw a nice composition and took the following two photos. Only when I had these photos enlarged on the screen of my iMac did I see the sheep!

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Pueblo Peak, the gorge rim and bighorn sheep (above the cliff)

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Pueblo Peak and the Rio Grande Gorge, with bighorn sheep barely discernible (left of center)

The Rio Grande Gorge is contained within the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, created by President Obama a few years ago so … PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Members of Congress and the Trump administration would like to reverse the Obama administration’s declaration of this and other national monuments. Let’s oppose this action!

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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