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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Henryk - Oct 10, 2009 9:12 am - Voted 10/10

Super capture!

Incredible photo and wonderful natural looking portrait. Henryk

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Oct 10, 2009 3:22 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Super capture!

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.

Sarah Simon

Sarah Simon - Oct 10, 2009 11:34 am - Voted 10/10


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


Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Oct 10, 2009 3:29 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Serene

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


Corvus - Oct 10, 2009 11:53 am - Voted 10/10

Nice shot

Congrats for this nice capture.

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Oct 13, 2009 12:33 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice shot

Thanks Gabriele and happy and safe climbing to you!


Marcsoltan - Oct 11, 2009 12:13 am - Voted 10/10

This is ...

what I'm always talking about, Anya. No one can get this close, no one.
Simply beautiful

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Oct 13, 2009 12:32 am - Hasn't voted

Re: This is ...

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.


steste - Oct 11, 2009 5:26 am - Voted 10/10

Another great one.

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

Cheers. Stefano

Mark Doiron

Mark Doiron - Oct 11, 2009 6:02 am - Voted 10/10

Certainly Made Me ...

... smile! --mark d.


lcarreau - Oct 11, 2009 4:53 pm - Voted 10/10

Anya ...

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!

Anya Jingle

Anya Jingle - Oct 12, 2009 7:38 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Anya ...

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.

Arthur Digbee

Arthur Digbee - Oct 12, 2009 8:13 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Anya ...

The sheep whisperer?


lcarreau - Oct 12, 2009 8:22 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Arthur ...

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.

Arthur Digbee

Arthur Digbee - Oct 12, 2009 10:07 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Arthur ...

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.


lcarreau - Oct 13, 2009 8:37 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: Arthur ...

Have you heard of the skunk whisperer?


TyeDyeTwins - Oct 18, 2009 10:53 am - Voted 10/10

Nice 1...

What a beautiful photo. Looks like he is happy to see you.


EricChu - Feb 6, 2010 5:41 am - Voted 10/10


This looks almost EXACTLY like one of the public relations posters for the Swiss canton of Graubünden, or Grisons!
Great capture, as always! - but it did give me the chuckles at first...:-)

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