Brother, can you spare a bail of hay? by clickinhistory

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This coat is made for warmth,
yet my feet ache for grass,
Winter’s grip reaching into Spring,
a lost cry for help and food.

In a snowstorm rushing down Weardale, this sheep ran to the gate hoping for food and release. Her face seemed to capture most people’s feelings as the weather kept Spring back from the UK. Taken on the outskirts of St John’s Chapel, County Durham, England.

Please do NOT pin as copyright theft is an illegal act.

Converted into black and white and best viewed large.

Shot on an Olympus E30.


clickinhistory, winter, snowstorm, sheep, humour, gate, rural, black and white, st johns chapel, county durham, weardale, snow, animal, farming


  • annacuypers
    annacuypersover 1 year ago

    Aww, what a sad little fellow, We all long for sun now but standing in the snow must be painful for his legs and feet… Beautiful capture Richard, xxo

  • Have a great shot of them making a dash for the gate when they saw me lol. It was very cold, windy and the snow was deep ( well for the UK that is ;) ), thank you as always Anna xx

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  • Hélène David-Cuny
    Hélène David-Cunyover 1 year ago

    I ca see that as soon as I am not here, you invite the winter in much longer than convenient ! Let’s see what happens now that I am back… Great picture by the way, I think I’ll go away again to let you play with snow ! :-)

  • I have an alibi I think? ;) lol Nice to see you out of your sand pit for a change :)

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 1 year ago

    Perhaps he/she thinks you are the snow machine, the Grand Old Man (well, relatively) of Winter & is thus thinking of taking a chunk out of you. But the pose is excellent, & the setting is benign (if cold), & altogether, this is a splendid image, Ricardo.

  • LOL her and her friends thought I was either the food or escape committee, but she did make a great model despite the conditions, Tara Banks eat your heart out :) Thanks Sheila

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  • Jan Pudney
    Jan Pudneyover 1 year ago

    Congratulate your fellow featured artists here.
    APRIL 2013

  • :) Thank you, means a lot

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  • EvilTwin
    EvilTwinover 1 year ago

    I see now that Helene is back,the sun is shining.
    I’m sure them sheep things are quite hardy.
    Nicely caught expression here Richard.

  • was the snow yesterday ET? ;) As for them being quite hardy, you had bad mutton again? lol

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  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerabout 1 year ago

    Instant Fav! If I were there I’d throw you two large flakes of hay. Hope your keeper gets out in the snow and feeds you soon.

  • Might have a picture to show you later on from the farmer’s house lol, thanks Barb

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  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchabout 1 year ago

    Awww, so cute…Wonderful composition…and I love the falling snow!!!!

  • Falling? It was being driven by a Lotus racing driver lol!! Thanks as always Laurie

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