Photographing the Cliff Dwellers
A few weeks ago in January, early one Sunday morning as I was leaving the beach at Walker Lake, I spotted a Desert Bighorn Sheep standing on a ledge at the area knows as The Cliffs.
Many years ago, the water level to Walker Lake was much higher and the area known as The Cliffs was underwater. In present time the water level has receded eastward, way below the highway.
After a short hike scrambling around the rocks, I noticed a group of at least 10 bighorns grazing on the dry desert grass. I quietly set my camera with the ISO at 800 for a faster shutter speed since the canyon was still in shadows with the morning light.
A closer look through the lens revealed that this was a herd of younger sheep and females. Bighorn sheep have a gregarious nature and will stay together in large groups. The adult males, rams, will usually remain a part from the ewes and young in bachelor herds for most of the time.
Several sheep stop grazing to watch and a youngster peeks out from around the cliff.
During winter, the sheep can be found in sheltered areas around the canyons and along the cliffs.
In the warmer season, they will migrate to the upper areas. Interestingly, the sheep may inhabit their same bedding area for many years.
The rugged rocky cliffs allow the sure footed Bighorn sheep quick escapes from predators.
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What an exciting and interesting photo-adventure this day has been. I love it when I am drawn to an area and not knowing what to expect I get treated to new experiences.
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