Big Horns in the Badlands

Big Horns in the Badlands

Any time I wander through Badlands National Park with my husband, we almost always see Big Horns!

Nikon D700 + 70-200 mm/2.8 @200 mm, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/100
7/2019 ©Cristen J. Roghair

Several rams, young and old, were in the same approximate area near dusk and were contently eating as I watched close by. A Big Horn ram’s age is usually indicated by the size of his horns, especially if they are broken at the tip from battles with other rams over the years.

A Little Bling
Nikon D700 + 70-200 mm/2.8 @200 mm, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/100
7/2019 ©Cristen J. Roghair

I love this angle! I wanted something different that highlighted the regal stature of the male ram. Shifting my position so most of his body was hidden behind a section of the rock, I used the land to create a more mysterious frame so the viewer focuses on his head. I like the minimal appeal this image brings.


Nikon D700 + 70-200 mm/2.8 @200 mm, ISO 800, f/2.8, 1/60
7/2019 ©Cristen J. Roghair


This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. My favorite animal to photograph! Beautiful pictures!

    1. They are so regal! I’m just starting to catch the bug and keep my eyes pealed every time I drive through the park in hopes of seeing them. 🙂

  2. These photos are incredibly beautiful.

    1. So good to hear from you, Vicky! 🙂 Thank you!

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