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BIG THANKS TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED MYSTERY-PHOTO GUESSES FOR MY 3-DAY "WILDLIFE GREETING CARD FALL GIVEAWAY CONTEST!"
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The original of this work was created in ink on Scratchboard.
The Inspiration behind this Piece:
Presently living in Bighorn Sheep country, I love following the seasons and watching life continually unfolding around me. Late spring and early summer are the days of innocence, where nimble lambs cavort back and forth across wildflower strewn alpine slopes, leaping from boulder to boulder, and trying out dominance tactics on each other that will determine future herd rank. All this fun is carried out under the cautious and watchful gaze of their mothers and Aunties, always alert for potential dangers.
As summer draws to a close, the bachelors begin to gather for the fall rut or mating season. Each male begins sizing up his competition. Preliminaries include body language posturing and showing off one’s armaments- the thick curved horns that denote rank and age, turning heads this way and that to make sure “the other guy” gets a good look, and hopefully gives up. If intimidating display doesn’t do the trick, the next step is pushing, blocking, and good swift front leg kicks under your opponent’s belly! If too evenly matched, and previous efforts to avoid major confrontation have proven ineffective, tensions escalate into full-blown war. Two rams will back off a distance from each other, then charge full speed at each other, rearing up at the last moment to come crashing horns together, each trying to force the other back. It has been estimated that these blows have 60X more force than is needed to rack our own skulls! Sometimes these epic battles for dominance can last many hours, but the stakes are high – the right to breed and father as many offspring as possible when the rut moves into full swing.
In this piece, these two rams are still in the sizing-each-other-up phase, trying to decide whether to back down or advance into phase 2!
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ANNOUNCING THE WINNER OF THE 2020 GREETING CARD FALL GIVEAWAY CONTEST!!
A VERY HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS GOES OUT TO C. PRATT of FORT DAVIS, TEXAS, WITH HER MYSTERY-PARTS PHOTO CLUES ANSWER OF DESERT BIGHORN SHEEP!
(See more photos below!)
(And here are a few more photos to help those of you who participated in the contest visualize where all the parts go!)
Thanks again to all of you who participated in the contest!!
Wildlife Greeting Card Fall Giveaway Contest! 3 Days Only!
Be the first to correctly guess the species/subspecies from these mystery-parts daily photos postings, and win a pack of three wildlife photography greeting cards (blank inside), a $12 value, from Eva Stanley’s Drawn To Nature Studio!
To enter the contest, check out each day's new photos, then simply fill in critter name below and add your entry!
Contest ends at 12am, Sunday, October 25th, 2020. Winner will be announced Monday, October 26th!
(These were from Day 1)
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