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Sheep and Pink Floyd

Sheep and Pink Floyd

I am not a Pink Floyd fan. That's not to say I don't like their music, it's just apart from one song (and yes, you've guessed it and yes, you will be seeing it), I don't really know their music.
But a quick look through their song titles left me with no doubt that I will be trying take part in this month's challenge, especially if I can find an image as quickly as this one.
Our neighbour is a sheep farmer so we are surrounded by sheep. In the lambing season we go to bed at night and arise in the morning to the sound of maaing and baaing.
I'm afraid I don't know what breed of sheep this ram is with his wonderful coiled horns. It's certainly different from the sheep which farmers traditionally kept around here but all the herds were wiped out during the foot and mouth outbreak in 2002. I still remember looking out our kitchen window as the sheep were led lambs to the slaughter (sorry). I know it's their fate to end up on our plate but I always think sheep probably fare best of all animals destined for the meat trade as they lead a natural life without being subjected to intensive farming methods. When the new sheep arrived after the cull, the farmers complained that unlike the old flocks, they kept getting lost on the mountains and were difficult to herd.

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Linda12-Apr-2010 21:02
A amazing shot of this handsome fella in the golden rays of the sun ... I have come back to this image several times - rereading your narrative and reflecting on what you have said about the foot and mouth outbreak in 2002. A dreadful time to have witnessed. ~V~
Anita Rangel06-Nov-2009 16:50
Nice shot, I wonder if he can see out of that right eye of his??
Britt04-Nov-2009 08:22
LOve him!!
Stephanie03-Nov-2009 23:14
What a sweetie! V.
Marisa D.L.03-Nov-2009 16:27
Perfect document of an amazing meeting...
Cindi Smith03-Nov-2009 00:00
Now, all you have to do is find a pig! Great one! Love this shot. Yep, well on your way to a good month!
Johnny JAG02-Nov-2009 20:13
It's definitely a sheep, great portrait.
Barbara Heide02-Nov-2009 18:49
excellent! v
lisamidi02-Nov-2009 18:43
Fantastic shot, what a beauty! Great entry for the title! v
Dawn B02-Nov-2009 18:00
He's beautiful... well captured and great light!
globalgadabout02-Nov-2009 13:55
lovely warm light on this intriguing sheep...good luck in the challenge Mairead..V
Neal Nye02-Nov-2009 12:52
He looks like a formidable combatant, although that one horn appears to be right in front of his eye. A wonderful portrait!
Cathryn Gallacher02-Nov-2009 12:29
Nice one!
laine02-Nov-2009 10:28
That's a very pretty shot...great light too !!
Ali Majdfar02-Nov-2009 09:16
Outstanding capture! ~V
borisalex02-Nov-2009 06:51
He looks very "horny" :) Nice light and colors!
Chris(tine)02-Nov-2009 06:40
Spectacular specimen!
Ask Johnny - he's the sheep expert!
January Grey02-Nov-2009 02:02
Oh! He's a beauty! And this is a gorgeous portrait, Mairead. V~
LynnH02-Nov-2009 01:24
A beautiful photograph, Mairead. I like the narrative you wrote, too. Really well done.
Jeff Lobaugh02-Nov-2009 01:01
Excellent capture! Love the lighting on the horns!
bluebirdstar02-Nov-2009 01:00
Lovely shot of this great horned creature - quite cute!
marita toftgard01-Nov-2009 23:57
beautiful guy:))


but how terrible for a farmer to have his sheep.. getting foot and mouth disease!!
Jason Anderson01-Nov-2009 23:12
Wow, what elegant horns. In very pretty late(?)-day light.
Máire Uí Mhaicín01-Nov-2009 23:00
Lovely sheep shot. He's a very majestic looking ram.
Nora van Beek01-Nov-2009 22:58
A fantastic image of a magnificent creature!
pkocinski01-Nov-2009 22:56
Great sheep capture!
Sheila01-Nov-2009 22:42
What a magnificent example for Sheep!
I'm in your camp of not knowing Pink Floyd songs, but it should be fun seeing everyones interpretations!
Doug Cruden01-Nov-2009 22:23
That's certainly a fine looking fellow! A great pic for 'Sheep' :o) Glad you to see you in the Challenge Mairead!
Colin Storey01-Nov-2009 22:20
Great start to your november challenge.
Walter O. Koenig01-Nov-2009 22:19
Great shot for Sheep and a very nice start to the challenge.
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