2020—Ram

Rocky Mountain Bighorn Ram! This big guy was overseeing his small harem of ewes when we espied him resting in the pines near the Red Canyon Overlook in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in Utah this past Friday. A few members of the small band that we saw Friday had radio collars like this ram used to track sheep movements. Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep were reintroduced to areas where they had been extirpated many years ago and restoration efforts have been successful in returning these magnificent animals to their natural habitat.

2020—Ewe

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in Ashley National Forest in Utah is home to several bands of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep. They are usually readily visible in several places in the area, including Red Canyon Overlook near where we were staying. However, on this trip they were elusive and we had only fleeting glimpses of them until the fourth day when a small band of five ewes rested among the pine cones while we photographed them from the vehicle. Nikon D6, Nikkor 500mm PF.

2020—Crags

Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in Utah is home to a couple of herds of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep and that is the reason I am there now. It would have been ideal if a large ram with huge curls had stepped onto the crags as the morning sun kissed the top of the mountain. That didn’t happen so instead I captured the intriguing edge of the mountain top with the shadows of the next ridge creating a jagged line of light.

2020—There was Drama

By blurring the motion of the waves and the clouds with long exposures as I have done on most of the lighthouse images from Maine that I’ve posted recently, it might seem that there was very little drama there. It was quite the contrary however, as the angry clouds and crashing waves in this image clearly show a very different side of the Maine coast.

2020—Serenity

There is something serene and calming when water is perfectly still. In this view of The Bug Light, as the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse in Maine is affectionately known, the surrounding water, rendered silky and smooth by using a three and a half minute exposure, shows off the diminutive structure to elegant effect with the lovely orange glow of sunrise as a backdrop. The 145 year old lighthouse is quite special since it is the only one of its kind in the world and it was designed by architect Thomas Ustick Walter, who also designed the U.S. Capitol dome.

2020—Alvin?

The fall colors we hoped to see did not materialize in Maine. We spent one afternoon at Sebago Lake but the few leaves with color were riddled with holes so they were not particularly photogenic. Then, I noticed some movement in the woods by the parking lot so I picked up my Nikon Z6 with the 500mm PF already attached and captured this chipmunk on a granite boulder. It reminded me of Alvin and the Chipmunks, the cartoon group that came to “life” in 1958 with the novelty Christmas hit, “The Chipmunk Song” with “Alvin” as the lead singer.

2020—16 Stops

As the morning sun grew brighter, it was harder to get the kind of long exposures that I wanted that would blur the water and the clouds at the Portland Head Light in Maine last week. Luckily, Moose offered to loan me his 6-Stop ND filter which I added to my 10-Stop ND filter so I was able to slow the shutter speed for a 371 second exposure. I also switched to a wider angle lens, the Nikkor 14-30 f/4 S, which helped to emphasize the movement of the clouds.