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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