What a great photo op
Today’s post was going to be on the great flowers I found the other day. But an even better photo op happened.
We have seen a desert bighorn sheep here before. Usually way far away, and with a spotting scope, or binoculars. Our friend Mike spotted one last year. But Friday evening was different. Al and I left the kids home and went for our sunset stroll. Al is always looking at the ground, trying to find rocks, or not fall over something. Me, I’m looking up, down, all around, trying to find cool stuff. And on the horizon line, I spotted a desert bighorn sheep. Of course, I didn’t have my big lens, so the photos I took were horrible.
The next morning we decided to go and look for him. And we got super lucky.
There he was, in all his glory.
And boy was he curious about us. Then to our great surprise, three more appeared on the ridge. They all 4 came down the mountain a little bit and started going across it.
And yep, they were all boys.
One of them was much bigger, and the three younger ones were definitely taking their cues from him. They would watch him, and follow where he went. We think it was a dad, and two generations of sons.
We followed when they went over the ridge, and pretty soon, there was the curious big guy again. Probably wondering…What the hell??
We hiked all the way around, and to the top of the mountain. Al went around the other side to see if they were there. And they were. He flushed them out and they all came towards me and my camera. They stopped about 25 yards from me. I have to say, I was a little worried that they big guy was going to try and charge me. He was giving me the stink eye. But all four of them just hung around, posed, and I’m sure wondered about us.
This was the youngest, and smallest one.
I took 343 photos, but narrowed it down to 15 for this post. Aren’t you glad?
Big daddy giving me his classic bighorn sheep pose.
The smallest one actually laid down.
Such beautiful animals, and obviously very healthy. I was a bit hesitant to post all these photos in case someone from Arizona googles, and finds them. I would hate for these guys to fall prey to hunters.
I like the old time filter on these two photos.
We did try to find them again yesterday morning, but no luck. We hiked all over and up and down, not one. Who knows where they go?!
I’m just glad we got to see them, even just one time.