7 July 202, 608 views, 6 favorites
In this picture a curious sheep pauses in the middle of her lunch to scrutinize my camera! Photographed on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. This sheep is probably a cross between a Cheviot (because of her Roman nose) and a Suffolk (because of her short legs). She was the one of the only two in the flock that did not move away, as I approached the fence with my camera. Ear tagging is infinitely preferable to the cruel practice of branding. Less obvious are the short legs, which bear a huge burden, as farmers breed for meat, not for agility. She will have been slaughtered the same year that I took this picture, but Heaven is not just for humans, so, when I see her again, her fleece will be as white as snow. Camera details:- Canon PowerShot S3 IS, Auto + zoom lens
Featured in the Groups, ‘All Things White’ and in ‘A Moment In Time", TOP TEN WINNER in the Candid Images of People or Animals challenge in the Disability and Beauty group’ and featured in “Mustard Seeds and Lilies” on 16 February 2013, in “The World” on 22 February 2013, in "Love & Hugs 4 All on 31 March 2013 and in “The Best of Anything and Everything” on 30 April 2013


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My life is divided between teaching Music and Photography. The instruments I play are organ, piano, clarinet and saxophone. I taught German and Spanish before my retirement, but since I got my digital camera no longer have time for them!

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  • lorilee
    lorileeover 3 years ago


  • Thank you, Lori.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 3 years ago

    Did you some pie or cake??? Great capture!!! Love the look on her face!!! Well done!!!

  • Thank you, Deborah. Most of them just moved away, when I approached with the camera. This is the only one who showed any curiosity.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • Lacey Scarbro
    Lacey Scarbroover 3 years ago

    Caught in the act!
    Great shot!

  • Thank you, Lacey.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • ©The Creative  Minds
    ©The Creative ...over 3 years ago

    love that sheep!

  • Thank you so much for your comment. Sorry about the delay in getting back to you.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • rasim1
    rasim1over 3 years ago

    Great capture.Love this shot.

  • Thank you, Rasim.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2about 3 years ago

  • Thank you, Angela. This was the only one of the flock that did not move off as I approached the field boundary with my camera. That was a couple of years ago, so it will probably be in the pastures up above by now.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • Janie. D
    Janie. Dabout 3 years ago

    love it! what’s bizarre is that i mis-read and just saw “Lewis” and for some reason i am hearing John Thaw in character as Morse saying despairingly “oh lewis”

  • Thank you, Janie. Lewis is the name of the largest of the islands in the Western Isles archipelago. The sheep would just have been identified by an ear tag. However, it has a lot of character, I feel.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your wonderful feature, great WORK and well earned.

  • Thank you, Andrea. I am very excited that my sheep has been featured.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • bugboobunz
    bugboobunzabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you, Lili.

    – BlueMoonRose

  • Pam Hogg
    Pam Hoggabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you, Pam. I am delighted that my sheep has been featured.

    – BlueMoonRose

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