Yesterday, as we were driving through the Big Thompson Canyon, west of Loveland, Colorado, heading up to Rocky Mountain National Park these sheep could be seen from the road.
We stopped to photograph them, which was a first for me. Two ewes were along side the road and the other ewe was up the canyon wall about thirty feet.
Bighorn sheep are named for the large, curved horns borne by the rams (males). Ewes (females) also have horns, but they are shorter with less curvature. They range in color from light brown to grayish or dark, chocolate brown, with a white rump and lining on the backs of all four legs. (as described on the wikipedia web-site).
These images are of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep; they are large, with males occasionally exceeding 500 pounds and females exceeding 200 pounds.
The Big Thompson Canyon is beautiful and rugged. I hope these images give you a feel of how the canyon looks during the summer. With all of our rain this spring and summer the lush grasses and other vegetation are plentiful. Good for them, good for us!
The morning started out cool and beautiful with white puffy clouds floating like mysterious shapes in the azure sky. The stillness and quiet enhancing the allure to get out. So I got out and drove up to Rocky Mountain National Park to take a few photos. I spotted these wildflowers, growing among the trees, just off a trail.
seed, rain and light
entice many colors, so bright
purple, pink delight
wildflower in white
beauty growing in the sun
leaves a happy thought
yellow and orange
smiling swaying with the breeze
its sunny side up
nature leaves its mark
patterns display happenings
scared old aspen tree
I tried to find the names of these wildflowers, but didn’t have any luck. If you know what they are, please let me know.
Additional photos from Rocky to share tomorrow.
Sheila’s Bird Shots: ~Eurasian Collared -Dove ~
This afternoon, while sitting on my deck, I was treated to some Dove Love. How fitting since it is my Anniversary!
This image was not real sharp and I wanted to include it to show the mating behavior so I decided to make it sepia
~ Blooming Mint with a Visitor
~ A Lily and Grape Vines
On this day ten years ago, I turned 50. No big deal!
Today, I turned 60 and this one seems like a bigger deal!
Why, has sixty been much more emotional for me; another decade gone perhaps?
I will give it more though and see what answers I come up with.
Not complaining, I have enjoyed every single year and hopefully I will continue to enjoy each and every year going forward.
But my gosh – 60!
I keep telling myself: “Get over it, no big deal.”
Until I figure this out, I will try to keep my head on straight!
Do you have a particular birthday that seemed somewhat upsetting for you?
Sheila’s Bird Shots ~ Swainson’s Hawk ~
On August 3, 2013, I spotted this beautiful Swainson’s Hawk, sitting high on a utility pole, scouting for lunch near a Prairie Dog community.
A little later it flew to a different pole. I could tell from the poop these must be favorite spots to scout for prey.
(Light and location wasn’t the best, but you take the shot and see what you get.)