Some animals only come out at night. Some are camouflaged so well you don’t see them. Some never show themselves to humans. And then there are Rocky Mountain Sheep that often park themselves in the middle of the road and lick up the salt. They’re a little harder to miss.
I’m all for co-operative wildlife, it’s just a little hard to come up with a believable story of marching through the jungle for days to find one when the photo clearly shows them standing on a dotted line!
Don’t get me wrong, I think they are fantastic creatures. I have spent hours watching them and have enjoyed the entire time. It’s just that I’m generally not a fan of the road in the photo so that leaves me trying to take head shots.
On my last trip to the Rockies, I finally found them … parked on the road again. I was standing off a ways and the sheep were completely unfazed by my presence – all of them expect one youngster. It would rush off behind a nearby bush, peek out the other side, then decide it was OK to return to mom, then run off again. Meanwhile the mom kept right on licking salt.
I enjoyed watching the little one run back and forth. This was far more interesting than the adults and besides … I’ve heard that too much salt isn’t good for you.