Rockfall in Lundy CanyonJuly 2nd, 2012 by Jackie, Information Center & Bookstore Assistant
Hearing rocks fall while standing at the bottom of a mountain cliff with lots of talus immediately below the cliff makes a person look up. Hearing more rocks fall thirty seconds after the first gets the adrenaline going. Falling rocks can turn into a dramatic rock slide, or they can amount to nothing much at all. When I heard the sounds of moving rocks a third time, I could tell the noises were closer to me so I pulled out my binoculars and began scanning the slope above. It was either a very determined human traversing the talus field, or something else. It turned out to be seven Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep.
They were moving in single file across the steep rock face, just above the talus, perhaps 400 feet above me and a quarter of a mile distant. I pulled out my camera and took a few photos. They worked their way across the rocky cliff, then onto an upland alluvial slope where they settled down amidst some bushes where they lay down and rested for a bit.
Those bighorn sheep knew I was there, no doubt. The photos showed a couple of them staring straight at me.