Category: Dall sheep

Dall sheep lamb watermark

One more for today. This lamb of the year watched me from a comfortable distance on a snow covered mountain near Destruction Bay, Yukon. The herd blended in so well with the snow it was hard to spot them initially. I wanted to mimic this in my photo so I overexposed more than typical to create this effect.

The drive from Whitehorse to Fairbanks along the Alaskan Highway is spectacular. The mountains, wide open spaces, permafrost stunted forests and vast areas with little to no human development was a refreshing change to life in the city. Along the road is Kluane National Park, home of “Sheep Mountain.” By no coincidence Dall sheep make their home on this barren mountain. At this time of year there was little snow on the south side of the mountain. Even still, they were just little white dots on the mountain side when I first saw them. After loading up my gear and taking a mental image of where they were, I scrambled up the mountain in the hopes that they would still be where I spotted them.  About 30 minutes later as I scrambled up the hill I spotted one up on a ridge looking down at me. It wasn’t too concerned but to avoid spooking it I stayed below it and moved parallel along the mountain to get a better vantage point. As I came around the side of the mountain the rest of the herd appeared. Forty five in total. Mostly young animals with a few rams and all in good condition. Thankfully they didn’t seem to mind me being there and allowed me to get close enough for great photographs without altering their behaviour. I photographed them for about an hour before I was forced down the mountain by an incoming storm. This was my favorite shot of the bunch.