Desert bighorn sheep

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It is so much fun to take blasé pictures and try to make Photographic Art out of them. After all, my wise old grandmother said, as she sat at the dining room table cutting pictures apart and pasting them in her scrapbooks and photo albums, “What comes out of the camera is just the basics to start with.”

Here are two blasé pictures of desert bighorn sheep that were washed out and really horrible pictures, but they make pretty darn good Photographic Art.

Desert Bighorn Sheep

Desert Bighorn Sheep

These desert bighorn sheep are in a remote location in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. It’s not an easy walk to where they are, so I suspect not too many people actually see these beautiful sheep.

The desert bighorn sheep is indigenous to the southwestern United States and the northern areas of Mexico. Interestingly, the total population of desert bighorn sheep is only about 20,000 yet their conservation status is listed as “least concern.” That I don’t understand.

They are superb climbers, using their climbing ability to escape mountain lions, coyotes, and bobcats, their main predators.

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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11 thoughts on “Desert bighorn sheep

    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      How exciting. I used to go hiking all the time in the backcountry here for the sole sake of possibly seeing a desert bighorn sheep out there. Sadly, my knees won’t let me hike the mountains anymore.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      True, but there used to be a million or more in the deserts of Southern California and northern Mexico. Now there are only 20,000 or so. Development is the problem, but maybe what’s left of their habitat is so mountainous that it can’t be developed. I suspect that as the population continues to climb–8 billion, 9 billion, 10 billion, more—that some enterprising entrepreneur somewhere will figure out how to destroy additional habitat to make room for billions of people.

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      1. laurie27wsmith

        It’s quite worrying when you think of it Russel, that the population is spiralling and it’s in the countries that can least afford it. The sad thing is it’s usually the good arable land that’s taken up for housing in the west.

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          Agriculture as we knew it is on its way out. I think its ironic, funny, and sad that people are complaining about Monsanto’s efforts to feed the world, but those same people are the ones with 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, and even 20 children in one case.

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          1. laurie27wsmith

            Agriculture changed the world form roaming hunter gatherers to an agrarian society which formed the basis of our society. It brought about ownership of land, governing bodies, a military presence, money and trade, arts, writing and sciences. But somewhere in all of that I think we lost our humanity and the deep need to protect the family group. With the hunter gatherer you depended on each other to live. With the agrarian society it depended what you had to trade. A growing population needed food and protection and if you had nothing to trade, there was always your labour. Forced or otherwise. Civilisation has been an interesting ride Russel. Now we are still in the same position as those in the early days but as you say agriculture is changing. It’s falling into the hands of conglomerates, and can be withheld from certain markets at the whim of individuals. Okay, rant over.
            Cheers
            Laurie.

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