16 Feb 17 Our second day in the park was one of high winds (30 - 50 mph) and lots of wind driven snow. It was the most dramatic west of Tower Junction with drifts of 14+ feet in the late afternoon. As we were returning back to Gardner for the evening we located a trio of Big Horn Sheep rams at the edge of the Yellowstone River bridge. As we were shooting them a friendly ranger pulled up to inform us that the road had been closed at Tower Junction and that we could either sleep in our vehicles in the park or make our way back to Cooke City. We chose the latter and did so often in white out conditions. It was an interesting drive to say the least. More about that weather situation in another mailing. The next morning we headed out again looking for animals and found two of the three rams not far from where we had been shooting them the previous evening. Everyone did their best to get as close to them as possible resulting in the animals moving deeper and deeper into cover. While the others were shooting, I was looking at their tracks in the snow, even suggesting to a couple folks that they might want to pay some attention to them. They didn't. But it seemed to me that the tracks were telling a story, and that story said that if one were to move a distance from the others to a point where the tracks disappeared over the edge of the hillside on which we were standing that there was a good chance that they might move in that direction. So I went alone to that area and just waited quietly. It wasn't long before one of the animals trying to get away came over the bank to within 20 feet of where I was standing. We spent about 10+ minutes with me talking to him and he patiently posing and letting me take his portrait. Then the others realized what was happening, rushed over to where I was standing, and he beat a hasty retreat at which point I just went and got in the vehicle. I noted that his left front leg had an injury which I hope heals before he becomes dinner. It was snowing heavily so all those white spots you see in the image are snowflakes.
This is straight from the camera. Nikon D500; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/500 sec @ f /13.