Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Dalls Of Turnagain
A unique springtime wildlife opportunity lies close to the Alaskan gateway of Anchorage
This is a magical place! On average, you’ll have a dozen or so sheep within range you can photograph to your heart’s content. Even though the sheep are eye to eye with you, they’re going about their daily lives as if you didn’t exist. This means that all the biology you might expect, and some you wouldn’t, unfolds right before your eyes and in your viewfinder!
Typically, the rams also are present. Most of the time, they’re the three-to five-year-olds—not real large horns, but still worthy of a great photo or two. A number of times, we’ve seen the big boys come down, and they’re always a treat. On our most recent shoots at Windy Point, we had a ram and a number of younger rams come into view. The younger rams were feeling their oats and kept clashing, butting heads with the old man. It was great to hear the huge crash and watch the two have a meeting of the minds.
The lay of the land is such that if you’re lucky, you’ll get the classic shot of the ram on the ridgeline. When the ram hits the skyline, you either have blue sky for the background or the far-off cliff face—either option makes for a dramatic pose and photograph. The more time you have to spend with the sheep, the more opportunities you’ll have to photograph some unique aspect of their biology.
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