It is about that time of year when the big horn sheep must be coming down to Horseshoe Park again.
It was in June a few years ago when these Big Horn Sheep greeted and thrilled us in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. They descend from the high altitudes of the mountains in spring and early summer to a meadow with lakes called Horseshoe Park. Here they graze on grasses and soils that have desirable minerals they cannot otherwise obtain in the alpine regions. They prefer life in the upper reaches of the Rocky Mountains where their specialized hooves and traversing skills help them avoid predators on the rocky cliffs. (Click here for my earlier post highlighting the Big Horn Sheep.)
I find it so comforting to think back on routines in a place I once visited. Their routines, they keep going long after I have departed. That humble routine of the rangers stopping all the traffic and the sheep heading for the meadow must be occurring right now. This warms my heart.
Photo credit: Athena Alexander