Sunday, January 09, 2011
Jim and I had to make a run to Rock Springs, Wyoming to pick up a load of corn. Met this sweet sheepherder's team waiting to cross the highway just north of that town.
We also spotted a herd of elk that had migrated from the mountains to the high desert sagebrush near the Big Sandy river north of Farson. This herd is just a few miles from the Jonah Natural Gas Field, one of the most productive gas fields in the nation.
These four bulls were just a few miles outside Rock Springs, just north of Interstate 80. Notice the bull on the left has already dropped an antler. We had pulled onto a gravel road to let the pup out for a break and encountered the bull elk in an area that is thick with wild horses.
That's a snowfence behind the elk in the photo below, erected to catch snow and keep it from piling up on the highway.
The sheep come at a run when we call them to corn.
The burros are a little slower.
This handsome beast is Mikey/Bear, a one and a half year old Aziat I've borrowed from my buddy Pete to breed to an Akbash female.
On the way to the sheep pasture, Jim noticed these deer and pointed out one looked a little different than the others. Check out their tails.
This beautiful doe is a mule deer/white-tailed deer hybrid.
These are mule deer, part of the same herd that contains the hybrid doe.