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Web Bighorn Ram Watching Mar1

Winter Wonderland: March 1st

Birds, Barns, & Bighorns on a Winter Day!

We often hear reports of a big winter storm heading our way—only to have it fizzle out or go south of us. Not this time! This storm settled in and dumped white gold on the valley all night and all day. Yes, it is cold! Yes, photo gear can take a beating! Yes, there are some technical challenges! But, stormy days can be very rewarding! I look forward to them.

As I was getting ready to head out today, I saw this Blue Jay moving from branch to snow covered branch. I decided to stay home for a little while for some back yard birding.

Web Blue Jay In Snow Mar1

Blue Jay on Snow Covered Branches:

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 350 mm, 1/1250 at f/6.3, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 400, ©2014 All Rights Reserved

WebMagpie On Branch Mar1

Magpie On a Branch:

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 200 mm, 1/1000 at f/6.3, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 400, ©2014 All Rights Reserved

Web Chickadee On Branch Mar1

Black-capped Chickadee:

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/1000 at f/6.3, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 400, ©2014 All Rights Reserved

Web Blue Jay Spinning Mar1

Spinning Blue Jay:

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 350 mm, 1/800 at f/6.3, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 400, ©2014 All Rights Reserved

I made a loop through Sough Park and stopped to shoot “anything of interest“.

Web Red Barn In Snow Mar1

Red Barn in a Snow Storm: South Park

Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 at 70 mm, 1/125 at f/18, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 100, ©Copyright 2014

Web_ Flag In Snow Mar1

American Flag in Winter Storm: South Park

Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 at 135 mm, 1/400 at f/9, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 100, ©Copyright 2014

Web Snow Caps Mar1

Snow Capped Fence: South Park

Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 at 180 mm, 1/3200 at f/2.8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 100, ©Copyright 2014

Web Fence Mar1

Snow Covered Fence: South Park

Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 at 200 mm, 1/800 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 100, ©Copyright 2014

Web Horses In Snow Mar1

Horses: South Park

Shooting Data: NIKON D800, 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 at 135 mm, 1/640 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 100, ©Copyright 2014

Web Hawk In Snow Mar1

Rough-legged Hawk in a Spruce Tree:

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 380 mm, 1/4000 at f/6.3, Aperture priority Mode, -2/3 EV,  ISO 400, ©2014 All Rights Reserved

Bighorns always look good in the snow, so I headed to the National Elk Refuge. I could see around 20 rams fairly fair off on the south side of the road. I opted to wait them out. Within about 45 minutes, they got close enough to start taking photos. Some of the rams put their heads deep into the snow to get the grasses. I concentrated on the larger rams with snow stuck to their face and horns.

Web Bighorn Rams Returning Mar1

Bighorns Returning:

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/500 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, 0 EV,  ISO 200, ©2014 All Rights Reserved

Web_Bighorn Rams Crown Of Snow Mar1

Bighorn Bling:

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 360 mm, 1/500 at f/8, Aperture priority Mode, 0 EV,  ISO 200, ©2014 All Rights Reserved

Web Bighorn Ram Watching Mar1

Bighorns In Snow:

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 340 mm, 1/125 at f/16, Aperture priority Mode, 0 EV,  ISO 200, ©2014 All Rights Reserved

Web Bighorn Ram Watching Mar1

Bighorn Ram Watching the Herd:

Shooting Data: NIKON D4, 200.0-400.0 mm f/4.0 at 400 mm, 1/640 at f/7.1, Aperture priority Mode, 0 EV,  ISO 200, ©2014 All Rights Reserved

A Good Day at Miller Butte: I only included a few Bighorn shots on this page, but I took a lot of nice ones today. Bighorns often come to the road after a big storm. Possibly because of the lack of many sunny days in February, many of the Bighorns are darker than usual at this time of the year. Check ’em out!

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Comments (3)

  1. Lowell Schechter

    Mike, beautiful images in snowy Grand Tetons.
    Love the big horn ones the best.

  2. Mark Hadfield

    Great captures Mike! I wonder if the ram in your last photo is the one we saw a couple of weeks ago that looked like the bridge of his nose had a lump as a possible casualty of war. Love the snow faced rams and the blue jays, and glad to see you’re getting a lot of snow this year.

  3. Mark, that Ram has been around for quite a few years. I have photos of the bridge of his nose bleeding when it happened originally. Thanks for the comments! MJ

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