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Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Ovis canadensis


I spotted this immaculate Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, Ovis canadensis, in Glacier National Park on 18 July 2007. I was perched on a boulder near Going-to-the-Sun Road, overlooking a vast and wide valley slope below. This male bighorn cautiously made his way around me, occasionally turning back to check me out. One might think this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it really wasn't. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep are quite abundant in Glacier National Park. The area is utterly remarkable, as are the bighorn sheep. [jansonjones]


This spotting was featured in Project Noah's first iBooks publication, Our Wild Planet: Nature Through the Eyes of the Project Noah Community (18 June 2012). You can download the free ebook at iTunes here:

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25 Comments (1–25)

jansonjones a year ago

Thanks, TKB. I sure wish I could get back to Glacier NP. I've only been twice and would love, love, love to get back there again!

TKBotting a year ago

I went to the park when I was a little kid and I've never forgotten the amazing experience. Your shots really bring me back, thanks for sharing!

jansonjones 2 years ago

19 June 2012: I updated this spotting with a direct link to Project Noah's first iBooks/iTunes ebook, Our Wild Planet: Nature Through the Eyes of the Project Noah Community (18 June 2012).

Thank you Yasser and the Project Noah community for supporting this spotting and for including it in this first Project Noah ebook volume. The book is fantastic!

Bong Ambutong
Bong Ambutong 2 years ago

Congrats Jason...those are fantastic shots.

jansonjones 2 years ago

Thanks, everybody, for the comments! Fun day!

@Carol: Yeah yeah yeah, I get it. Not everybody loves the snakes. But I say this: Snakes need representation, by god! ;)

Thanks again, y'all ~

CarolSnowMilne 2 years ago

It's not a snake! HA! Congrats! Jason! You deserve it! I love all the photos, maybe even the last one best. Just fantastic!

Argy Bee
Argy Bee 2 years ago

Well done. Nice set.
That's a powerful looking body for a 'sheep'. A fine looking beast.

Veetorious 2 years ago

Congrats on Spotting of the Day!! : ) YAY!!!

DoinaRussu 2 years ago

excellent series, congratulations!

KarenL 2 years ago

Congrats Janson! Well deserved!

Chris Carille
Chris Carille 2 years ago

Congrats Janson! Some spectacular photos of it as well! I got to see a few during a backpacking trip across Glacier, but wasn't "lucky" enough to get close enough for some good shots.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 2 years ago

Congratulations Janson
wonderful shots

craigwilliams 2 years ago

Nice work Janson. Thanks for these beautiful shots :)

Congrats! Beautiful pictures! :)

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 2 years ago

Congratulations, Janson.

MelissaFerguson 2 years ago

Congratulations, Janson! Wonderful series...well photographed, and as always, your comments are very entertaining to read!! Thanks for your inspiration and for sharing the world you see around you with us!!

jansonjones 2 years ago

Thank you, Peter, Project Noah, and its awesome community, for the spotting of the day! It's much appreciated and quite humbling! I'm glad y'all like the Rocky Mountain spotting and hope to continue contributing spottings that are of interest to some folks. There's certainly no shortage of inspiration to be found in the world around us -- as reflected through the seemingly unlimited spottings recorded by this community! Rock on ~~

glbnoah109 2 years ago

Enjoyed the discussion, references and great tagging. BTW congrats on Spotting of the day.

Atul 2 years ago

lovely congrats on sotd!!!
well deserved!

peter 2 years ago

Congrats on spotting of the day!

"Famous for their impressive, large, curled horns, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep inhabit the cliffs of extremely rocky areas near the summit peaks of mountains."


KatCuff 2 years ago

He's an incredible animal!

jansonjones 2 years ago


KarenL 2 years ago

I can't favorite this twice but I would if I could! Lovely!

jansonjones 2 years ago

Updated on 16 January 2012 with four additional photos of this Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep! RAH!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 2 years ago

Very nice shot,

Montana, USA

Lat: 48.70, Long: -113.72

Spotted on Jul 18, 2007
Submitted on Dec 23, 2011


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