Bighorn Sheep

Three female and one juvenile Bighorn Sheep grazing against a backdrop eroded hills and valley.
Bighorn Sheep
Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021

One of the interesting sites at Badlands National Park were the Bighorn sheep. It was especially fun to watch because they had babies.

Bighorn sheep are not native to Badlands National Park. Twenty-two were introduced in 1964 from the Pike’s Peak area in Colorado. The population is now estimated to be over 250. There are no natural predators to the Bighorn at Badlands National Park.

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Three female and 2 juvenile bighorn sheep traversing a rugged trail.
Bighorn Sheep on the Trail
Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021
Ram (Male) Bighorn Sheep descending a cliff side.
Bighorn Sheep Ram
Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021
Two female and 3 juvenile Bighorn Sheep resting on a grassy hillside.
Bighorn Sheep
Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021
Juvenile Bighorn Sheep nursing from mother.
Bighorn Sheep Nursing
Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021
Two female and one juvenile Bighorn Sheep resting on rocky hillside.
Bighorn Sheep
Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021
Closeup view of the ears from a group of juvenile bighorn sheep grazing alongside each other.
Bighorn Sheep
Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021

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Badlands National Park

Eroded valley at sunrise.
Badlands Sunrise – P5
Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021

When you drive through Badlands National Park, on one side of the road is prairie grassland. The other side is a wide, highly eroded valley. You are riding on the edge, the dividing line. Both sides were intriguing. The prairie was green but transitioning to golden brown, flat to the horizon. The valley is flat and desolate occupied only by scrub except where water flows through. Where the prairie meets the valley, the transition zone consists of beautifully eroded sediment layered in gray and rose-colored bands. The rock is crumbly, almost like dried mud. It is the results of how nature sculpted these erosional features that make the park interesting and beautiful.

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Colorful river valley at sunrise.
Badlands Sunrise – P3
Yellow Mounds Area, Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021
Eroded mountains at sunset.
Badlands Sunset – P1
Notch Trailhead, Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021
Eroded valley at mid-day.
Badlands from Sheep Mountain Overlook – P1
Sheep Mountain Overlook, Badlands National Park, SD; JUL2021
Colorful, eroded valley at sunrise.
Badlands Sunrise – P1
Yellow Mounds Area, Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021
Eroded mountains at sunset.
Badlands Sunset – P3
Notch Trailhead, Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021
Grassy edge of prarie transitioning to eroded valley.
Badlands Sunrise – P7
Badlands National Park, SD; JUL 2021

If anyone would like a copy of almost any picture in my library, for educational or research use, please contact me and I will happily share a digital copy with you.

Please visit my website, www.earthwatcher.us to see my collection of landscapes and wildlife.

These and other images are available to purchase by contacting larry.klink@earthwatcher.us.