Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Dalls Of Turnagain
A unique springtime wildlife opportunity lies close to the Alaskan gateway of Anchorage
Keep in mind when you’re photographing sheep that they feel most secure when they’re higher than you. Their main defense is a strong offense, escaping up slope, so don’t cut that off. Be careful as you’re working along a highway. Drivers see you, and then see the sheep, and then they don’t see you! Keep an eye on those heading north who stop to photograph the sheep. They’ll be parking on the other side of the highway. That, in combination with their walking up to get a clear shot (hard to do on that side of the highway), can send the sheep back up the slope. Often, waiting a while is all that’s required for them to come back down.
Dall sheep truly are cool wilderness critters that normally one only sees as mere white specks at the top of a ridgeline in some remote locale. This is a special opportunity, which is basically in your backyard (in a global sense). Spending any time in their world is an eye-opener and experience that you just don’t want to miss. Here’s a chance for great wildlife photography that doesn’t require much, other than being in Alaska, just waiting to be explored by your camera. So next time you’re up in May or June, carve out an extra day or two to check them out and spend some time with the Dalls of Turnagain.
Moose Peterson specializes in photographing rare, sensitive and endangered wildlife and wild places. The goal of his work is to preserve our wild heritage. You can see more of his images at www.moosepeterson.com.
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