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Imagine my surprise when I turned the corner on that quiet morning in December only to come face to face with a Big Horn Sheep. I slowed down and slowly passed him as we eyed each other warily. Lucky for me, he chose to remain and eat, and I got to take his photograph, and today he (or she) has become My Photograph of the Day!
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Big horn sheep caught at dawn at Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada.

After a sunrise photo shoot at Elephant Rock at Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, I packed up my camera stuff and began to drive towards an area called Rainbow Vista. I turned around a bend in the road to come face to face with a big horn sheep on the roadside.

We studied each other for several seconds as I slowed down and passed him. I quickly pulled over and hoped that unlike all the other big horn sheep I had seen over the weekend that this one would not scamper away over the rocks.

I quietly exited the car with my camera and my telephoto lens. And I slowly walked across the street. And he was still there. Eating. And he looked up and spied me again, but I guess I was far enough away that he was OK with me standing there staring at him. After a few seconds, he began to move up the rock face, and I was able to take this shot of him before he scampered up the rocks like all the others.

This is not my usual fare, as I am not really a wildlife photographer, but doing landscapes I sometimes get lucky and get a wildlife shot. But I like this shot, it for me is a close encounter with wildlife that I often just get glimpses but this time I actually was able to get a few photographs taken before he went on to the rest of his day.

For me, the encounter had made my day. And as I stood there watching him climb the rocks and run over the crest of the cliff, I was once again taken by the quiet beauty of the Valley of Fire, and thankful that our paths had crossed. It is for occasions like this that I get out and travel to locations I have never been to before.

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A little about me . . .

Back in 1982, my Air Force roommate was in desperate need of some cash, and he had a camera. And I was in the market for a camera as I had TDY (Temporary Duty) orders for Cyprus and was looking for a good camera to take with me. So over some beers and some negotiations with my roommate (and a few hundred dollars later), I found that I had become the owner of a brand spanking new Canon AE-1 camera with an assortment of lens, including a Canon 50mm, a 35mm lens, as well as a telephoto lens.

Fast forward to today, and I am now an owner of a Canon 5D Mark II (looking to upgrade, but can't decide on my next camera) and a bunch of Canon glass and I am primarily a landscape and travel photographer. Yea, that means that I get up before the sun rises and am out after the sun sets. Makes for interesting times!

Thank you for joining me on this photographic journey and hope to hear from you!

Peace,

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