Bighorn Sheep --Rio Grande River Gorge

Discussion in 'Nature' started by SpaceManSpiff, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
    Traveling through on the way to Colorado earlier this summer, my buddy and I decided to stop at The Rio Grande River Gorge just outside of Taos NM -- it is steep and deep.

    OM 28 2.8

    OM 28 2.8

    While photographing the landscape, I noticed some white dots way down in the bottom of the canyon --turns out they were several flocks of bighorn sheep ewes and lambs were drinking and foraging along the river bottom. At a distance, the only discernable thing about them is their white rumps.

    After a while we noticed another flock very carefully making their way down the steep canyon

    Pentax-M 80-200 f/4.5

    After a bit to eat at Orlando's, we headed back out to the gorge before sunset.
    Just before the bridge, we discovered that these rams were showing their "best" side.
    I took this shot, thinking that was all I was going to get....
    Bighorn butts drive me nuts :laugh1: Pentax-M 80-200 f/4.5

    As the majority of the flock headed off, a few paused to marvel at how such a small camera could have such a loud shutter. :rolleyes-20:

    Pentax-M 80-200 f/4.5

    Just as I thought we had seen the last of them, they decided to head back down to the river.

    Shadow of the Bighorn Pentax-M 80-200 f/4.5

    I got the impression that they had a great deal of respect for the barbwire fence, each one paused and gauged the fence before jumping it.

    Pentax-M 80-200 f/4.5

    And then they were gone.
    We felt lucky to have been able to see them up close.

    And to top it off, an incredible sunset to wrap up great day.
    Pentax-M 80-200 f/4.5
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  2. addieleman

    addieleman Passionate amateur Subscribing Member

    Nov 13, 2012
    Ad Dieleman
    Nice story, beautiful series!
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  3. chalkdust

    chalkdust TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Sep 25, 2015
    Bert Cheney
    These images are amazing. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing them. wow!
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  4. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    Another great set, Eric. Thanks for taking us there. And thanks also for letting us know which lenses you used. :thumbup:
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  5. Mus Aziz

    Mus Aziz TalkEmount All-Pro

    Sep 3, 2015

    Great pictures and funny captions too...

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  6. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Great series. Usually only see these guys from a distance.
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  7. AlwaysOnAuto

    AlwaysOnAuto TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Feb 17, 2015
    Thanks for sharing these. Really nice work.
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  8. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Yeap, great series. The scenery is amazing and #5 and #6 are excellent IMHO :thumbsup:
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  9. fractal

    fractal TalkEmount Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 17, 2014
    Southeastern PA
    All Beautiful - #6 & #8 are my favs. :thumbup:
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  10. chalkdust

    chalkdust TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Sep 25, 2015
    Bert Cheney
    Nobody mentioned #7? Jumping over the fence? Are you kidding? That one is fabulous!
    ..and another vote for #5, the three marveling at your camera...
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  11. DailyPeaksCO

    DailyPeaksCO Guest

    I gotta say, "Let us know when you're heading out in the RV next time!, my camera and I can fit inside the stow-away and be no trouble at all." Never a dull moment at the end of your lens. Thanks so much for this adventure, your perspective always brings a rewarding view. I feel a sense of exhaustion even though I did not have to climb the canyon walls of the gorge myself! You are showing up, it all begins from there. Thanks again for the tireless energy you send from across the miles, your dedication is an inspiration to me. :D  More please......
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  12. WT21

    WT21 TalkEmount Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 7, 2011
    Shadow of the bighorn ROCKS!!
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  13. WestOkid

    WestOkid TalkEmount All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 25, 2014
    New Jersey, USA
    Really nice work Eric. And as usual you provide some great commentary.
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  14. WNG

    WNG TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 12, 2014
    Arrid Zone-A, USA
    Beautiful scenery and wildlife! Lovely set Eric.
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  15. Andromeda143

    Andromeda143 TalkEmount Regular

    Dec 19, 2015
    Melbourne, Australia
    Clive Dickinson
    A lovely set of shots. Well taken.
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  16. michealj

    michealj TalkEmount Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 2, 2015
    Blaine, MN
    Wonderful Eric, I am enjoying your visual stories and the narrative.
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  17. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Dec 13, 2013
    Tucson, AZ
    Everyone --Thanks so much for the kind words! :friends: It is so inspirational to see pictures from around the world here on talkemount, it is a privilege to be able to give back.

    Hey you are welcome chalkdust...and thanks so much for looking at them!

    Glad you liked them! Oh yeah, it is (admittedly) a bit of a pet peeve of mine, I find in other posts that I would love to know what lens is at work.

    Thanks Mus! Good to know the humor travels across international borders intact.:thumbup:

    Thanks Dave! You know third time is a charm. The first time I saw bighorn there I was distracted and ahem, *might* :blush: have missed some photographic opportunities while flirting with a lovely Australian lady. The second time I saw them there I had a technical problem --I couldn't understand why I couldn't focus properly with manual lenses while a couple of ewes and their lambs were resting/playing on the canyon edge. I eventually gave up...only to discover three days later that the diopter adjustment on the EVF had accidentally been turned so far out of range I couldn't see anything.

    Thanks, man! Appreciate it.

    Thanks, guys! Always interesting to find out which ones you like, as I am too invested in mine to have a good objective opinion. Ones that were hard to get to, hard to expose properly, took time editing seem to be favored by me because I am invested in them. Your fresh eyes are great help!

    Oh I don't know DailyPeaksCO, I get the impression you would get into trouble! I am glad you liked the images, we were really just lucky...for once I wasn't totally zoomed out, needing a longer lens. When the rams turned around and headed back towards us, I heard them breathing and softly grunting when they jumped the barbed wire fence. Pretty cool.

    Thanks! That is my favorite shot of the rams as well...I love the shadow being cast onto the leading ram.

    Thanks Will! I tried to edit my post and re-size the vertical scenery shot to a bit larger but I couldn't figure it out.

    Thanks for the kind words.
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