Taking the saturation down just a notch for this selection of photographs taken at Lake Minnewanka in Banff one sunny April afternoon.
This is an area very rich in wildlife just a short drive from Banff town. It was on these mountain roads that I spotted the owl featured in the earlier post as well as the male Big Horn Sheep below.
This male can be spotted getting his fill of mineral licks. Mineral lick is a naturally formed mineral which helps boost the diet of animals living in nutrient poor environments. When they are not by the road side, the Big Horn Sheep can be found on the mountain tops. They really are fascinating animals. Their large spiral horns are made of keratin and are heavy and strong. Big Horn Sheep are capable of withstanding ridiculously heavy hits from the horns of competing males, without apparently sustaining damage to their skulls and brains. This has meant that their horns have been a primary focus for scientists researching and designing appropriate protective headwear in order to prevent concussions in sports such as American Football.
In conclusion, Lake Minnewanka translating 'spirit of the lake' is well worth a visit!