Big Horn Sheep

During our whirlwind trip we visited Zion National Park in SW Utah. It was absolutely incredible and pictures will never convey the beauty and awesomeness. Before I show you the park in an upcoming post....let me share with you what
e came upon as
we rounded a bend!

Since I couldn't get far enough away, the pictures are a bit deceptive on how steep and precarious the rocky slope they were walking around on really was. I counted about 12 sheep and they seemed unconcerned that anyone was around taking their picture. However, you could tell they were paying attention to their leader and following his path.

From inform
ation that I have read the horns can weigh up to 30 lbs each. The sheep originated in Siberia and crossed the Bering Land Bridge. At one time they numbered in the millions, but in the early 1900s the population numbered in the 1000s and with the help of the Boy Scouts the herds were restored.

I am so happy that I was able to catch a glimpse of these animals in their natural habitat.

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Autumnforest said...

They're so beautiful, they look like part of the rock structure. It's hard to believe such big beasts can still live in America. Nice pictures!

mermaiden said...

another glimpse into your amazing trip!
these sheep live in the rocks behind my in-laws ranch, and they graze in the front yard of their Montana ranch- so amazing to sit on the porch and quietly observe them mere handfuls of feet away.

Edna / HandmadeDiva said...

Great photos. -and they are lucky animals to be able to remain in their natural habitat.

Dotty Jane said...

Great pictures! We saw these often when we lived in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Thanks for sharing!

PussDaddy said...

Oh I got a very clear picture of how rocky and precarious it was. These were just stunning pictures. Really lovely.


M.Kate said...

Nice....I dont think we have them here. Happy week ahead :)

picciolo said...

wow great pictures, I love the colours of the sky and rock as well as the goats
: )

niftyknits said...

Amazing. so much better than seeing them in a zoo - you're lucky!

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Monica said...

I remember hiking in Scotland and coming across bucket loads of sheep and I was scared silly thinking they would stampede towards me. Thank goodness none of them had massive horns like those! I don't know what I would have!

l'actrice said...

What a wonderful experience Rose:-)
Really great pictures!
Cheers, Iris

Bejeweled said...

Oh wow! How enthralling it must have been to see them prance over the rocks in the big outdoors. They must have velcro!

You always have the best wildlife pics!

Thanks so much for the twitter tip for identifying my spider! I haven't joined twitter ... yet. But I think that's a must do for 2010. Just afraid I'll spend even more time online then :)

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