This one is quite a young lamb but the field contained lambs that had only just been born and some that had been around the field for a couple of months, by the look of it. The older one were doing that joyful gambolling about thing they do.
Near my home, the farmer has been growing Turnips (or some such) as a winter crop for sheep. Recently, he has introduced a flock to the field, carefully fencing a small section off which was harvested by the sheep before widening the area a little more. This sheep was taking a moment’s pause in it’s toil of eating to enjoy what little heat there is in the winter sun. Whether these sheep are for the slaughter-man or are pregnant ewes I can’t say, but I’d have thought fattening was the likely purpose. They do look a pitiful sight, the field is now very muddy and the weather has been wet and miserable – I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few go down with footrot.
Following on from an earlier post of a ram, a few covered sheep. Lighting was pretty flat, but the oak trees across this patch of countryside gave a great backdrop, so made a nice little exercise in trying to put together a composition or two, trying to get the sheep and trees to ‘work’ together.
If you had seen what he’d been up to you’d understand the expression! 😉
I have no idea how this sheep got itself into this mess, the rest of the flock seemed to have a full fleece, but it amused me when I saw it, the remains of the fleece looking just like a lion’s mane.
(Not quite sharp, a bit of camera shake/subject movement – 1/6sec exposure, as I was shooting at f16 – I was doing some landscape photographs at the time and this was a quick snap.)
I couldn’t resist taking a snap of the side of this ‘barn’. I don’t know how old it is, but judging by the window in the upper left face it must be quite old. I like the obvious changes/improvements that have been made over time – in particular the barred windows and the little fanlight above the door. I like the harsh dark shadow of the tree across the face of the building, almost like some ancient cracking in the stone work. I like the deep blue sky. But most of all I like the sheep which just happened to be in the right place at the right time – its pose reminding me of those old paintings where a wealthy gent stood in front of his prize possession, a horse, bull or country house.