New arrivals

It’s been mild and wet this week, not bad weather for lambing but not the best for photography. I captured these images a week ago during a brief window of blue sky and sunshine. Gloomy weather notwithstanding, the lambs have continued to arrive, singly and in pairs, and the arrivals (at the moment) have been biased toward girls, and that is good.


27 thoughts on “New arrivals

    • Indeed … we are proud of our flock. We’ve raised these animals for nearly 25 years … and that shows you what a quarter century of selective breeding can accomplish! Thanks for checking in and for taking the time to comment. D

  1. How cute ! I’ve spent a few days in Lake district area in the UK and I’ve seen so many lambs around. They were so playful, but quite scared … it was difficult to look at them (even behind a fence).

    • You are right. It is truly amazing how quickly they are up and about. I commented below that, by the end of their first day, it is difficult to tell that they are new born. Thanks for checking in Elke. D

  2. How nice that lambing time has arrived at your farm, David. These are such cute babies and the moms look pretty sweet as well. Yup … more girls = more lambs. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks for checking in Jack. It is amazing how quickly the little ones are up and about. At the end of that first day it’s tough to tell that any one of them is newborn. D

    • Thanks for checking in Sarah. And, you are correct, there is nothing quite like a new-born lamb … really, really cute. And, they stay that way for quite some time too! D

  3. Today I’m taken by the detail of the pictures. Often when we look at complex textures we soften our focus and just get the general impressions. I like how you decreased the depth of field there and just showed what you wanted to show. It held my attention – itself no mean feat! UGH-still wintry here. I may change over the snow tires on the van Monday as I need to replace the pads and rotors and, so, since the wheels are coming off I may as well make a job of it. I’ll leave them on the car, though, for a few more weeks, just in case. How fast time goes. Recall Sheilagh from two years back? I guess she’s a mature, productive ewe by now.

    • That’s a very good question shoreacres … the answer is ‘yes.’ Lamb fleeces are pretty special because they do come in some pretty spectacular, natural, colors. The color of older fleeces tends to vary more narrowly within several color groups, whites, grays, browns, and blacks. Even the spotting of young animals becomes more diffuse with age. Lamb fleeces also tend to have a bit more shine, luster, and crimp as well (all characters that spinners look for and prize). Thanks for checking in this morning. D

    • Thanks elmediat, it was nice to see a comment from a new visitor this morning. I took a quick look at Dark Pines Photo just a minute ago and, in the light of what I saw there, your comments here mean that much more. Thanks again. D

  4. Awww. They are so precious! They are lucky to have been born on your farm where they are taken care of so nicely. The images are so crisp. Looks like you could just reach your hand in and touch them! How much do the little ones weigh? Carrying twins must be quite the load!!

    • I’m not sure how comfortable they all are this morning. It’s in the low 40s and we had rain over night. Lambs weigh 5 or 6 pounds. The ewes carrying twins look huge toward the end of their term. We’ve had several sets of triplets on the farm … but never quads.

    • Hi there Laura. It was really nice to see a comment from a new visitor this morning. I took a quick look at lauracooperphotoblog and it made just the littlest bit sad, for I am from New England (Boston) and your images reminded me just how beautiful the coast is … at all times of year. I miss it. Pennsylvania has its beautiful spots, but there’s nothing like my true home.

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