Bighorn sheep are the unicorns of the desert (except they have two horns). Many people live in the desert their entire lives and never have the opportunity to experience a wilderness sighting. I consider myself lucky having encounters in Death Valley, Valley of Fire, Joshua Tree, the Panamint Mountains, and a couple of various other locations. Most of my sighting have been short, with the sheep escaping quickly over a rocky canyon wall.
During a recent hike in Anza Borrego’s, Palm Canyon, I was fortunate to come across a herd that was willing to “hang around,” allowing the opportunity to photograph them extensively. I counted a total of four sheep to the herd; it is possible that there were more nearby, but hidden in brush.
I hope that you enjoy this series.