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In Wanlockhead, Scotland’s highest village at 467m (1531 ft), sheep, including this rather preocupied ram wander around the town freely, you really need to watch where you step.

Wanlockhead owes its existence to the lead, gold and other minerals found under the surrounding countryside.

These mineral deposits were probably first exploited by the Romans and from the 1200s they were being worked again by groups of miners who gathered here each summer. The first permanent settlement appeared in about 1680, when the Duke of Buccleuch built a lead smelting plant and workers’ cottages that could be occupied all year round.

Although lead was for many centuries the mainstay of the village’s economy, it was not the only mineral found here. What became known as “God’s Treasure House” also produced zinc, copper, silver and gold. Some of the world’s purest gold, at 22.8 carats, was found locally and used in the Regalia of the Scottish Crown.

Today’s Wanlockhead depends primarily on tourism. The Southern Upland Way long distance footpath passes through the village, but the main attraction for the motoring tourist revolves around the village’s industrial past.

Information from Undiscovered Scotland.

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Canon 18-55mm IS lens


Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.

Related shots can be found at: Wanlockhead and Lowland Scotland.

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  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowabout 5 years ago

    But, but, Tom, rams Butt!!!!!!! And they wander at will……..hemmm….. better pack my wellies and my armor…. But he is a handsome fellow, arrested by something ….and the image depicts a wonderful countryside, so plush and green!!!! Well done young man!!!!

  • Hehe, I must admit I was a bit wary of him, but he just ignored me …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago

    wonderful work tom

  • Thank you Scott …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 5 years ago

    What a handsome guy!! Beautiful capture!

  • Thnak you so much Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 5 years ago

    Great capture!! Please consider putting this into the new Even-Toed Ungulates group.
    Alpacas, Llamas, Camels, Pigs, Deer, Antelope, Hippos, Giraffes, Sheep, Goats and Cattle

  • Thank you so much Cee. I was not aware of this group, I will check it out …

    – Tom Gomez

  • MichelleR
    MichelleRabout 5 years ago

    This is fantastic. It’s great how close you were able to get. Nice one!

  • Thank you Michelle, I was only about 12 to 15 feet away …

    – Tom Gomez

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 5 years ago

    Ha Ha, great title Tom, marvellous capture. Don.

  • Cheers Don, glad you like it …

    – Tom Gomez

  • BCImages
    BCImagesabout 5 years ago

    great shot tom

  • Thank you so much Steve …

    – Tom Gomez

  • foppe47
    foppe47about 5 years ago

    Very special

  • Thank you kindly Foppe ..

    – Tom Gomez

  • Alex Gardiner
    Alex Gardinerabout 5 years ago

    I think he is looking for ewe Tom.
    The Auld Yin.

  • Hehe, you could well be right Alex …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 5 years ago

    For flock’s sake Tom your sudden interest in rural porn is quite shocking you’ve left me feeling quite sheepish!! I have herd that the best place to make love to a sheep is on the edge of a cliff. Apparently they push back much harder!!! You should never take a sheep from behind; you’d miss out on all the kissing!!! LOL
    Sorry Tom, just couldn’t stop myself.
    Quality shot BTW & I’d undestand if you deleted this one Tom!!!!

  • I’m shocked and appalled Robin, it’s a boy sheep for goodness sake!! I’m strictly heterosexual … hehehe

    – Tom Gomez

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