Solitary Sunset

I spent about 30 minutes taking photos of a herd of Bighorn Sheep in the Badlands during sunset and was about to pack up for the night when a lone sheep broke from the herd and settled on this ridge all alone. There were maybe 20 people out on the road taking photos, and the herd of sheep stayed right there by the road, but this one sheep just decided the people were a nuisance and took off to find a quiet spot. I have edited this photo a few times and I'm happiest with this version. I'm learning to let these things go - meaning to retouch each photo just once. Laboring over the final look defeats the purpose of taking joy in the images and more specifically the moment; which is really the reason I go out with the camera anyway.

Not a bad idea to settle in for a beautiful solitary sunset by yourself I think. The herd will always try to pull us away from solitary moments and distract us from finding even a few moments to enjoy something just for ourselves. Make time to enjoy beauty when you see it.

“To journey without being changed is to be a nomad. To change without journeying is to be a chameleon. To journey and be transformed by the journey is to be a pilgrim.” Mark Nepo

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Bighorn Sheep enjoying sunset in Badlands National Park South Dakota #intentionallylost
Solitary Sunset

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