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. Ron Roghair

    My favorite animal to photograph! Beautiful pictures!

    1. Cristen

      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. Vicky Tennefos

    These photos are incredibly beautiful.

    1. Cristen

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

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