While my wife and I ate a quick dinner at the Yellowstone River Picnic area, 4 Bighorn ewes wandered through, completely ignoring us and the one other couple. While the other 3 ewes stayed in the shade, this one posed nicely on a hill in the sun. The fact that she’s missing one horn and the other horn is badly frayed, suggests to me that she’s an older ewe, possibly the group leader. She’s also very shaggy, as she sheds her winter coat and quite pregnant. With the missing horn and the shaggy coat resulting in an image that is unlikely to get published, even as it tells an important story about living wild. The tight framing is deliberate as I wanted to emphasize HER, not the shrubbery that she was standing behind.
7D2, 100-400 IS II @ 340 mm, 1/1000 s, f/11, iso 400, tripod