Turtle Thursday – Guest Bighorn Sheep – Photography


There’s not much water for turtles here in the Badlands of South Dakota, so our guest today is this bighorn sheep.  It was a long way up the ridge to get here and it cost two Clif Bars for the pose. The technical details are; uncropped, 55mm,  f6.3,  1/100 sec,  ISO 100 and shake reduction on for the photographer.


Big Horn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep


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5 Responses to “Turtle Thursday – Guest Bighorn Sheep – Photography”

  1. Sarah Ferguson Says:

    I am the worst at finding bighorn sheep! Even when people tell me where they are on a cliff, I can’t find them.

    How close were you to him when you took the picture?

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    • steveo Says:

      About 25 feet. I didn’t want to get too close in case she changed her mind and decided to drop kick me over the edge. It was Badlands National Park. She was pretty used to being around people, but still wild and living off the land with the rest of the herd – about 30 of them resting in the shade on the other slope. Serendipity that we crossed paths on that day. There’s not much living there.

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      • Sarah Ferguson Says:

        No, definitely not much living there – it is stark and beautiful out that way. And I shall continue to remain jealous of you seeing the sheep. And continue to attempt to see them when I am out west.

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  2. David Says:

    Nice capture. He has a far away look in his eyes. I hope you were able to talk him down from jumping.

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    • steveo Says:

      Nope. But not to worry. About 30 seconds later she went over the edge, down a 60-70 degree slope about 150 feet, and half way up the next slope to be with the herd who were relaxing in the shade on that slope. Pretty amazing. At that point I decided it was safer if I stayed where I was and look for rattlesnakes.

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