Sisters

We were expecting rain on Wednesday past and the sheep felt the coming change. This time of year members of the flock usually spend the afternoon lounging in the shade. On this day however most weren’t able to relax and alternately grazed and milled about; this provided an opportunity to do some ovine portraiture. As flock animals, sheep operate much as schooling fish. Unhurried movements may be made to graze, drink, or perhaps pay a visit to the salt lick. More chaotic transitions from rest are made in response to my arrival on pasture or movements of the ever-watchful Anatolians. From looking at the images here you might assume that these girls were very much interested in what I was doing. Truth-be-told they look attentive because I was singing to them – after a fashion. I have found that if I click, pop, and whistle as I compose and adjust exposure the animals become preoccupied with that rather than focusing on my increasingly close proximity. The moorit (brown) beauty is Audrey, the daughter of Alice and Siegfried. I think she’s quite pretty and is in possession of a fleece of nice color, fine crimp, and long staple. The black lamb is Audrey’s sister, Lucille.

My very good WordPress friend Maurice at Duck? Starfish? but … 23 made the following comment in response to this post … I simply had to include it here. Many thanks Maurice.

Now I’m fixated on what you may have been singing. Here are my top ten:

10. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis
09. And Dream of Sheep, Kate Bush
08. Sheep, The HouseMartins
07. Black Sheep, Martin Sexton
06. Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, Diana Krall
05. Baaaaaaaad to the Bone, George Thoroughgood
04. Barbara Ann, The Beach Boys (as in Baaa Baaa Baaa Baaaarbara Anne …)
03. Baa Baa Black Sheep (Well, we could not leave this one out, could we?)
02. Mary Had a Little Lamb (Of course this had to make the list.)

And, of course Number one …

01. Hey Ewe Get of Off of My Cloud, The Rolling Stones

25 thoughts on “Sisters

  1. Love your animal portraits! They really stood still while you snapped their image. I like how the sheep take up just about the same space in each image, so side by side they look like a set. Almost like the backgrounds were identical. Lucille’s pelt looks like the ones we have here at home. We also have another that is creamy white with patches of caramel.

    • We sent all the wethers to the Sale Barn this year so will not have the annual infusion of new pelts. We did however send some off for processing last spring and just received them via UPS the other day. Perhaps those will be our last? D

  2. They are a pair of beauties! I love that all of the sheep in your photos (and the goats) have what appear to be a contented smile. They just have friendly faces.

    • Hey there ‘Anonymous,’

      Glad you have been enjoying the animal images … have you looked through the section up top entitled ‘Pairodox in Pictures?” There are many more animal images there as well. I’m so glad you commented on the pictures of livestock; many of my blog followers to not seem to appreciate them as much as they do pretty pictures of otherwise inanimate objects. Thanks for checking in and please do so again soon! D

  3. So singing really does help? Some years ago there was a related commercial by an Austrian mobile phone network provider: A poor lonesome guy parked his car somewhere in the solitude – obviously he had obviously lost his way. A cow is approaching him – he is frightened and calls his wife. In the final scene you see him holding the cell phone against the cow and hear his wife singing, trying to sooth the cow.

  4. It’s because of Audrey and Lucille that I am now enjoying knitting my beautiful wool mittens. Thanks, girls.

  5. Now I’m fixated on what you may have been singing. Here’s my top ten:

    10. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis
    09. And Dream of Sheep, Kate Bush
    08. Sheep, The HouseMartins
    07. Black Sheep, Martin Sexton
    06. Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep, Diana Krall
    05. Baaaaaaaad to the Bone, George Thoroughgood
    04. Barbara Ann, The Beach Boys (Baaa Baaa Baaa Baaaarbara Anne …)
    03. Baa Baa Black Sheep (Well, we could not leave this one out, could we?)
    02. Mary Had a Little Lamb (Of course this had to make the list.)

    And, of course Number one …

    01. Hey Ewe Get of Off of My Cloud, the Stones 🙂

  6. What beautiful sisters … I can see the family resemblance 🙂 Both are lovely, but my personal favourite from these portraits is Lucille … and I love your description of distracting them with pops and clicks:-)

    • I’ve asked before about how often you see sheep on your tours through the countryside – but cannot now remember your answer. Perhaps next time you’re out and about you could turn your lens to a bucolic scene which included some! D

      • We see sheep fairly regularly. Not so often in Midlothian, but down in the borders and up in the highlands they are a regular sight. In the borders they have been kept since at least the time of the early monasteries, who made lots of money in the wool trade. However in the highlands they were not traditional, it was cattle which were kept … until the highland clearances when natives were thrown off their land to make way for Lairds sheep … this makes them less well thought of up there 🙂 For you, I will put together a sheep post … I have quite a few shots and always think of you and Joanna when I take them … watch this space … well my blog space at least!

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