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Big Horn Sheep By Photographer of the Month: Gwen Dordick!

Congratulation to Gwen Dordick! Gwen is our newest Photographer Of The Month. We’ll be seeing a lot more of her work.
                                                                 pic Gwen Dordick


                                                                          pic Gwen Dordick

                                                                                                pic Gwen Dordick


                                                                                                         pic Gwen Dordick

Gwen is an avid hiker. She was not hiking when she drove past this family of Big Horn Sheep! A quick legal “U” turn, grab a camera, and the Big Horns are captured for all of us. This is but one example of her photography, and more will happily follow!

She has that wonderful combination of a great eye with the dedication of a true outdoor person. She has a special affinity for the four-legged outdoor creatures, with the emphasis on equestrian. She love horses, teaches horses, teaches people about horses, teaches horses about horses, and happily for us, takes “walks” in the mountains along with her camera.

Big “HORN” Sheep have horns. duh! What makes them “horns” and not “antlers?” I’m glad you asked.

Horns and antlers are both head appendages found in various animal species, but they have distinct differences. Horns, found in animals like cattle, sheep, and goats, are permanent structures made of a bony core covered by a keratin sheath. They grow continuously throughout the animal’s life and are not shed.

Antlers, on the other hand, are found in members of the deer family. They are composed entirely of bone and are typically shed and regrown annually. Antlers usually branch and can become quite large and complex. The growth of antlers is influenced by hormones, primarily testosterone, and is often associated with the mating season.

Horns are permanent and made of keratin and bone, while antlers are temporary, purely bony, and shed annually.

Congratulation Gwen! Nicely done.

Lenny Lensworth Frieling

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