I didn't have any brand-new wildlife content for my Wind River Canyon Blog till Wednesday afternoon, when three Bighorn Sheep Ewes and one adorable yearling fell into my lap, so to speak. Spotting them on the island across the Wind River from us, I shot out the kitchen door like the Roadrunner; forgetting a tripod in my haste.
It may be the middle of February, but we haven't had a Wind River Canyon winter, yet. The snowblower hasn't been out of the garage, yet. It was a beautiful day as I sat in some tall, dry grass with my feet hanging over the Wind River. To say that it was a bucolic moment is an understatement! What an amazing day it was.......
I imaged many photographs of the ewes with my Canon M6 Mark II and my favorite 70-200mm F/4L Canon lens. Without a tripod, shooting video can be a genuine challenge in the field; this is what happens when you're not thinking and in a hurry. I pieced together a cool video of the Bighorn Sheep Ewes; all handheld..... The noise of the 18-wheeler behind me sounds like a jet airplane, but it definitely was not a plane; not ever in the canyon. If they seem a little fat it's because all three of them may be pregnant! Bighorn Sheep are the last hoofed wildlife to mate and the last to give birth. They like the minerals on the rocks in the Wind River; it's good for the mother's health. They also eat seaweed from the river! Which is just as funny as it sounds. The ewe seems to be giving me a funny face; unintentional I assume. My stomach started to let me know that it was afternoon and I'd missed breakfast! I didn't want to leave the ladies. As I tried to get up I slipped and cracked my right knee but good; three days later it still hurts a little and is swollen, but it was all worth the effort. Such a joy to have spent so much time with a few Bighorn Sheep Ewes in the Wind River Canyon; three beautiful ladies and a daughter; what a day!
Thank you for giving me your undivided attention for a bit of time. My name is Michael John Balog and I live in the Wind River Canyon. All rights are reserved and content is protected by copyright laws....I hope.
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