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Bighorns, Flying Snow
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Bighorns, Flying Snow • Rutting bighorn sheep is a fun show to watch, twice as good when they get close enough to photograph.  Here I lucked into some late season rutting action up the Gros Ventre Valley.  The action was on a hill above and a reluctant ewe took off down the hill in about three feet of snow.  The acton and the flying snow was fantastic and I certainly was glad I was there.

During the rut, rams engage in long, spectacular battles, they are best known for this head-to-head combat between rams. The size of a ram's horns is a sign of rank, and the mass of the horns (as much as 30 pounds) is used as a weapon against his opponent as he smashes into him. In these battles, which may last for hours, two or more rams repeatedly charge at one another and fiercely crash their horns together at speeds of up to 20 miles per hour. Rams do not defend territories but rather engage in battles over mating access to a particular ewe. Horn size and their ability to use them in battle determine male dominance. These horns measured 4 feet 3 inches along the front curve

Bighorn ewes usually don't breed until their second or third year. Due to competition, rams don’t usually mate until they are 7 years old, not because they don't want to or can't but because they are not yet tough enough to win the battles required to breed.

One of the most important success stories in wild game management has been the recovery of bighorn sheep populations. The unregulated hunting of the pioneer days and disease from the introduction of domestic livestock nearly wiped out wild sheep populations in North America. An all-time low of 9,000 bighorn sheep was reached in 1960.

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Traditional Fine Art Prints • I have all fine art prints printed at Bay Photo, an internationally known custom color lab.  After printing, Bay Photo ships the print to me for inspection and signing, I then ship them along to you. This takes awhile, be patient.

I spec them on “Moab’s  Lasal Exhibition Luster” photo paper. This paper weighs in at a healthy 300gsm, ideal for gallery and exhibition prints, the new fourth-generation coating ensures the highest possible d-max and color holdout. With product names like Entrada, Colorado, and Lasal its easy to see the source of inspiration for Legion Paper's Moab brand. Created in Moab, UT surrounded by the endless red rock wonders of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, the Colorado River, and the LaSal Mountains, the Moab line of archival, digital imaging papers continues to rely on that inspiration to design premium solutions for digital photographers and artists.

Your paper print product will come pre-mounted on 3/16" Gator Foamboard, a very rigid, durable, and lightweight backing that will not warp, the premium backing for fine art prints. Having messed up prints myself putting them on mountaing board you will appreciate the extra effort and expanese.

 

 

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