“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”
Sir Edmund Hillary
“What then?” said the ewe, as she considered her next step.
Is it wise to climb higher and edge to the cliff or would it be smarter to abandon the imagined prospects and bed down right here?
“Why not?” said the ewe, as she conquered that which threatened her clear-sighted progress.
Would not the view from above be worth a wobble and a waver or two?
“Of course!” said the ewe, as she stretched her legs further and readied for more of the climb.
And with a look all around to appreciate her accomplishments, the ewe continued on.
These photos were taken in Waterton Canyon, where the South Platte River flows out the mountains eastward toward the Plains through the foothills southwest of Denver. Colorado is home to the largest population of bighorn sheep anywhere. Rams have massive, coiled horns that can make up as much as 10 percent of their body weight. Ewes have spike-like horns. Bighorn are often seen far above, gazing into the distance from the tops of ridges and from the edges of cliffs. Surely their view is incredible.