up close and personal

When viewing wildlife in its natural environment, the goal is to not disturb it. This often means talking in whispers, looking through telescopes from a respectful distance and sometimes not even getting out of the vehicle. We were fortunate to have vans with big windows and hatches in the roof in order to pop our heads out like gophers and take pictures of animals that were really close.

After showing you pictures of things from far away, I thought I would give you a break and show you some of the animals that I could actually photograph without a telescoping lens. In the winter the rule of survival for wildlife is to expend as little energy as possible. This sometimes means using the paved road to get where you are going. We saw coyotes, fox, moose and even a wolf use the road for a little bit. But the animal that is best at this is the bison. This means you always have to keep paying attention because you never know what is going to be around the next corner.

Our guides could not guarantee that we would see most animals, however, they guaranteed that we would see bison…and they weren’t wrong! (P.S. the word bison is interchangeable with buffalo.)

number 1
number 1
number 2
number 2
number three, almost camouflaged
number three, almost camouflaged
mom and baby
mom and baby
buh bye
buh bye
get out of my way
get out of my way

And finally, a couple of days ago I posted about big horn sheep hiding in the cliffs. Well, they do come down off the cliffs during the day to eat the shrubs under the snow that aren’t as high. We were fortunate enough to come upon a group having their lunch right by the road. I am amazed at how sure footed they are even on such an incline. However, we did learn that predators sometimes catch a sheep by surprise and send it tumbling off the rocks in order to kill it. Not very fair perhaps, but when you’re hungry…

on the hillside
on the hillside
munching away
munching away

22 thoughts on “up close and personal

  1. Oh I love these ..and mum and baby…pretty sure mama would do you a nasty f you came near bub! and I love the bully boy staring straight on…poor sheep but yes animals are very clever and it is always the law of survival šŸ™‚ hugs Fozziemum

  2. I love this. We built a log home in Idaho to share a piece of this world….but your trip surpasses everything. BTW….let us know if you want to visit. Maria

    1. thanks for the invite! You may just see me sooner than you think, I was really taken with the whole experience and have fallen in love with the land out there. Glad you liked the posts! Keep reading, I’ll be posting about the wolves soon…

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