Bighorn Ram in Snow

Bighorn Ram, Yellowstone National Park, WyomingIt’s tough being a bighorn sheep in Yellowstone in the winter. Finding suitable grass for grazing can be quite a challenge with all the snowfall that the park gets. This ram was opportunistically feeding on whatever shrubbery he could find.
Nikon D700 with Nikkor 70-200mm lens (at 120mm) ISO 400, f/4 at 1/3200th of a second

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  1. Sue March 13, 2017 at 1:29 am #

    You captured the daily struggle bighorn sheep face in an amazingly beautiful setting, yet during winter’s bleakest conditions. I like the composition of this image, Sean!

    • Sean Crane March 13, 2017 at 10:28 am #

      Thanks Sue. I’m always trying to go wide to include the environment when possible. And in Yellowstone, it’s almost always possible.

  2. michael huber March 13, 2017 at 1:38 am #

    oh what great pic. ) nice to see some snow this year. )

  3. Peter Butterfield March 13, 2017 at 8:29 am #

    —– Clinging to the earth
    —– Searching cold sustenance in
    —– Splendid isolation.

  4. Alan March 13, 2017 at 9:10 am #

    Please tell me this one has been published! If it hasn’t, it will be.

    • Sean Crane March 13, 2017 at 10:27 am #

      Ha. Not yet Alan. Thanks. Always nice when you can include the animal’s environment.

  5. GH March 13, 2017 at 9:11 am #

    Makes me feel sad I did not get out west this winter.
    Nice shot.

    • Sean Crane March 13, 2017 at 10:27 am #

      Me too. This one was from a few year’s back.

  6. Rachel Bellenoit March 13, 2017 at 11:20 am #

    This is beautiful. While close-up wildlife photography is also beautiful, there is something so special about showing more of the landscape. It tells a completely different story. And this is why I’ve been following your photography for the past several years.

    • Sean Crane March 14, 2017 at 11:29 pm #

      Thanks Rachel. As I mentioned above, my favorite locations are those that allow me to include the environment. Yellowstone is one of the best.

  7. Laura Mann March 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    Gorgeous! Just gorgeous, elegant, graceful, serene, the lonely quiet of winter….

    • Sean Crane March 14, 2017 at 11:30 pm #

      Thanks Laura.

  8. Amanda D March 13, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    Amazing shot!!!!!