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by Gena Buskirk-Ford, photographer/writer for Gateway PhotoArtistry™
I had gotten out of our rental SUV to take a picture of Fish Creek on the Apache Trail in Arizona during my recent vacation. When I looked up the surrounding mountain to survey the land and look for another scenic photograph, I look up and see this huge bighorn sheep surveying us! He was standing on the ledge just to the right of where I took this picture and looked over to watch us. I took a couple of quick shots with my 28-300 mm, but he still looked so small. I run to the SUV to find my 200-500mm lens, and we can't find it! I'm frantic trying to find out where it was buried in the back. I originally had it accessible, but we had to find hats and sunglasses and my 200-500 lens was way underneath - of course. I switch lenses as fast as I can all the while hoping he's still there. My son was yelling, "Hurry, Mom!" I didn't have time to get my monopod attached, so I had to steady myself against a rock to take this shot. My son he prayed that he would turn around because he was facing the mountainside away from us.
As he started down the mountain, I had to just do my best to steady the camera with the approximately 10" lens attached free-hand and put it on continuous mode hoping something would come out. I was not disappointed. I got the following shot as he took some steps descending down the mountainside. You could see his powerful muscles bulging as he nimbly made his way down.
I backed the lens out to give some perspective of how high he was as he occasionally peered down at us, but he wasn't in the least concerned about us. He was very intimidating and majestic! Extremely calm in his environment and terrain.
There is no iPhone app to duplicate the experience of seeing this amazing creature in person. What made it even better was being able to share the experience with my husband and two kids. This is what family vacations are for -- making memories like this one!
"There is No App for This!" © Copyright 2012 Gena Buskirk-Ford, owner/writer/photographer, Gateway PhotoArtistry™, http://www.gatewayphotoartistry.com.*