Autumn 2020 – Part 40 – Them – Jasper National Park

October 2, 2020

As we sat in our picnic spot, we were able to watch the “Them” mentioned by our fellow hikers. Across a small valley to the North sat two groups of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, minding their own business….tolerating us….knowing that they were in no danger from such spindly clumsy beings.

Sightings of these animals can be rare in warmer weather, as they prefer to hit the heights. They weight up to 143 kg (315 pounds) and their horns can weigh up to 14 kg (30 pounds). They can be quite the head bangers during mating season, but typically, the rut starts in November, so all was quite placid on this day, except when one hiker went too close, in our opinion. You could see the herd getting anxious and as soon as he left, they started to shuffle away. In winter, you will often see the sheep on the highways licking the road salt, which can be hazardous to their health, when drivers don’t see them in time.

We took photos from our picnic perch and from the trail both coming and going. The following poem is written from the point of view of the sheep.

Them ©

Look at them sitting there, for all to see,

on pompous display, just for you and me.

They look amazing, but just a bit strange,

luckily, we are all well out of range.

Pointing their long lenses obtrusively,

I’d head butt them, if it was up to me.

Perhaps if we all simply ignore them,

they’ll just leave, before our butts get too numb.

The head honchos
The main herd
Showing his good side
Another vantage point from the trail
They were totally aware of our presence and watched form time to time
Now, above them…
This looks like a couple of them was getting bored with the conversation
Perfect pose
I may look sleepy, but, I’m watching you.

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

19 thoughts on “Autumn 2020 – Part 40 – Them – Jasper National Park

    1. When one hiker came within 100 meters (he said 100 yards,,,,hmmm), (I say 100 feet) they were definitely ready to bolt. I do not think Parks Canada would have approved such a close approach. Great to see them up there, rather than on the road. Thanks for reading. Allan


  1. Fantastic wildlife photos, Allan. 🙂 They blend in perfectly with the beautiful landscape. We were fortunate to see a few of them in Banff National Park, too while traveling from Calgary to Vancouver. Thanks for sharing. Aiva

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