Bighorn Sheep Portrait

Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis)

I have uploaded a new gallery to my Web site with a selection of my bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) images taken in Canada’s Jasper National Park: feel free to go take a look if you feel like it.

The image above is a sample from that gallery: a few hours “invested” following a herd of bighorn sheep during their grazing rewarded me with a few photographs that I am happy with. This one is a head shot of a beautiful individual who let me approach at a safe but relatively close distance. I am fond of this image because I think it shows the character of these animals, highlighting their most distinctive feature: those majestic, weathered, curled horns in a graphic way, while the soft, diffused light of an overcast day limits contrast and allows viewers to see every detail of the subject’s face.

The gallery contains a collection of different images, some of which will be the subjects of future posts because they are interesting behavioral shots of these animals.

if you have the opportunity to check them out, let me know what your favorite ones are!

If you would like to see more images of mine, feel free to browse my Galleries.

As per my copyright notice, please respect my work and do not download, reproduce or use the image above without first seeking my consent. Thank you :-)

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21 thoughts on “Bighorn Sheep Portrait

    1. Stefano Post author

      Thank you very much, Sofia! For me this is a great compliment as when I do portraits, that’s exactly what I aim for: capturing a glimpse of the subject’s soul. Greatly appreciated! 🙂

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    1. Stefano Post author

      Thank you, Kimberly: glad you liked it – I did a similar one of a bison which I like a lot and I will post to the blog at some point. Take care!

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  1. ChgoJohn

    Such a beautiful addition to your website, Stefano. The shots are beautiful and the settings remarkable! I’m not at all comfortable with heights and seeing these animals, perched on the tiniest of ledges, only increases my awe of them. Thanks for sharing your work with us.

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    1. Stefano Post author

      Thank you very much, John – so glad you liked the new gallery. Yes, their mastery of heights is nothing short of unbelievable: have you seen the image of the mom nursing her lamb right on the edge of so steep a cliff? Incredible!

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      1. ChgoJohn

        Yes, I did see fascinating that and found it a bit unnerving. It’s that “height thing” again. Thank heavens I wasn’t born a big horn!

  2. Nature on the Edge

    What hardy looking creatures. I was intrigued by your gallery shots and how well they handle the very rugged terrain. Also like the half face shot – where horn must still form into it’s curl, it’s like you’ve captured a certain vulnerability.

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    1. Stefano Post author

      Thank you very much! Yes, they are definitely well adapted to climbing steep, rocky cliffs – and they are certainly not afraid of heights! Glad you liked the extreme close up shot!

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    1. Stefano Post author

      Thank you very much for your most kind comment, Daniel: glad you liked it! And yes, the image was taken in Jasper NP – really a beautiful park.

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