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Almost Smiling
We are greeted by a Bighorn Sheep Ewe
while on our way down Oak Creek Canyon in Red Rocks, Nevada.
Later she stood up, looked at us for a long time and finally decided to sit down again and continue to chew her cud.
October 2009.

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HenrykSuper capture!

Henryk

Voted 10/10

Incredible photo and wonderful natural looking portrait. Henryk
Posted Oct 10, 2009 9:12 am

Anya JingleRe: Super capture!

Anya Jingle

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Thank you very much. I was afraid my close ups will come up blurry because my hands were shaking a bit (from excitement) so I climbed up towards her and placed the camera against the rock to make it more steady. Cheers.
Posted Oct 10, 2009 3:22 pm

Sarah SimonSerene

Sarah Simon

Voted 10/10

She has as strange serenity about her...curious, but not paricularly concerned. Great image!

Sarah
Posted Oct 10, 2009 11:34 am

Anya JingleRe: Serene

Anya Jingle

Hasn't voted

Thank you Sarah and well said. This is exactly how she was. We saw some rams earlier in a day but they were on the move and in a big hurry. In springtime it is the other way around. Rams are relaxing and sitting around and females are very skittish because they have little lambs with them. Anya
Posted Oct 10, 2009 3:29 pm

CorvusNice shot

Corvus

Voted 10/10

Congrats for this nice capture.
Cheers,
Gabriele
Posted Oct 10, 2009 11:53 am

Anya JingleRe: Nice shot

Anya Jingle

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Thanks Gabriele and happy and safe climbing to you!
Posted Oct 13, 2009 12:33 am

MarcsoltanThis is ...

Marcsoltan

Voted 10/10

what I'm always talking about, Anya. No one can get this close, no one.
Simply beautiful
Posted Oct 11, 2009 12:13 am

Anya JingleRe: This is ...

Anya Jingle

Hasn't voted

Thank you Marc. I'm glad she received some attention because more often people tend to vote more for male sheep because their horns are much bigger and impressive. Yet, the ewes are so sweet and gentle. It is harder to show that feature through the pictures though. Cheers.
Posted Oct 13, 2009 12:32 am

stesteAnother great one.

steste

Voted 10/10

It seems your camera was very few inches from her snout.

Cheers. Stefano
Posted Oct 11, 2009 5:26 am

Mark DoironCertainly Made Me ...

Mark Doiron

Voted 10/10

... smile! --mark d.
Posted Oct 11, 2009 6:02 am

lcarreauAnya ...

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

I've been around (on SP) for over two years,
and I've always speculated (in the back of
my mind) how you're able to get so close to
these wild creatures.

Do you emit any kind of call or whistle, or
are you randomly in the right place as the
animal is turning its head in your direction?

Excellent photography and beautiful animal!
Posted Oct 11, 2009 4:53 pm

Anya JingleRe: Anya ...

Anya Jingle

Hasn't voted

Thanks Larry. It is actually the other way around. I try not too make too much noise. I usually can scramble through the rocks very quietly unless of course I have to jump. In this case I just talked to her nicely and she looked. Initially she was looking in the other direction making sure nobody else was coming from there. They don't like to feel surrounded. Cheers.
Posted Oct 12, 2009 7:38 pm

Arthur DigbeeRe: Anya ...

Arthur Digbee

Voted 10/10

The sheep whisperer?
Posted Oct 12, 2009 8:13 pm

lcarreauRe: Arthur ...

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

I can't even attract a ground squirrel, let
alone an adult Desert bighorn.

Even when I talk to the wind, the wind doesn't hear!

Thanks for the information, Anya.

Posted Oct 12, 2009 8:22 pm

Arthur DigbeeRe: Arthur ...

Arthur Digbee

Voted 10/10

Larry, I don't think you're a sheep whistler. Anya might be.

My eldest is a wolf whisperer but I never seem to have the camera ready.
Posted Oct 12, 2009 10:07 pm

lcarreauRe: Arthur ...

lcarreau

Voted 10/10

Have you heard of the skunk whisperer?
Posted Oct 13, 2009 8:37 pm

TyeDyeTwinsNice 1...

TyeDyeTwins

Voted 10/10

What a beautiful photo. Looks like he is happy to see you.
Posted Oct 18, 2009 10:53 am

EricChuHaha!

EricChu

Voted 10/10

This looks almost EXACTLY like one of the public relations posters for the Swiss canton of Graub√ľnden, or Grisons!
Great capture, as always! - but it did give me the chuckles at first...:-)
Posted Feb 6, 2010 5:41 am

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