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Photos that I have taken of Wildlife

WP:~Mule Deer~

Sheila’s Wildlife Photos: ~Mule Deer in Rocky Mountain National Park~

 

Mule Deer (male)
Mule Deer (male)

These Mule deer images were taken in September, 2012 in Rocky Mountain National Park. They were in a meadow munching on vegetation; it was fun to photograph  and  observe their behavior.

 

Close Up of his Big Ears
Close Up of his Big Ears

Chatting
Chatting

Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) are indigenous to western North America and are found west of the Missouri River. They are named Mule deer, because they have big ears like a mule.

A most handsome face
A most handsome face
"I might try this one"
“I might try this one”
"Go Away!"
“Go Away!”

WP:~Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep~

Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep climbing the cliffs in the Big Thompson Canyon
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep climbing the cliffs in the Big Thompson Canyon

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.

Pretty Face - Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep climbing the cliffs in the Big Thompson Canyon
Pretty Face – Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep climbing the cliffs in the Big Thompson Canyon
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (ewe) something has her attention
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (ewe). What does she see?
I think I have her attention; she was very high up the cliff.
I think I have her attention; she was very high up the cliff.
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep eating grass (ewe)
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep eating grass (ewe)
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (ewe)
Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (ewe)
Off she goes leaving the other two!
Off she goes leaving the other two!
Just for fun!
Just for fun!

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!

A fun day spent with friends in Rocky Mountain National Park…..

Exploring Rocky Mountain National Park is always enjoyable; however when you are showing friends around that have never seen this beautiful national park before, it is even more fun.

 

Summer in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park
Summer in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park

Friends from Louisiana were visiting us and we drove up to Rocky to spend the day. I can remember seeing Rocky for the first time about 27 years ago when we moved from Louisiana to Colorado.

As most people do, I think our Louisiana friends fell in love with this Colorado national park, so much so, they just might be back for another visit. I hope so!

Seeing a place so gorgeous, for the first time, is a memory I think we all hold dear and one we usually never forget.

Tamias minimus - Chipmunk
Tamias minimus – Chipmunk