Possibly a contender for the longest title for an artwork…
Herdwick yearlings in a field on the shores of Windermere in the English Lake District uncertain as to whether my Patterdale Terrier Tarn was more of a threat than me.
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR 18-70 lens
The Lake District National Park Oct 2011
The Herdwick is a breed of domestic sheep native to the Lake District of Cumbria in North West England. The name “Herdwick” is derived from the Old Norse herdvyck, meaning sheep pasture. Though low in lambing capacity and perceived wool quality when compared to more common commercial breeds such as Merino sheep, Herdwicks are prized for their robust health, their ability to live solely on forage, and their tendency to be territorial and not to stray over the difficult upland terrain of the Lake District. It is considered that up to 99% of all Herdwick sheep are commercially farmed in the central and western Lake District. The root word of the breed’s name, herdvyck, is recorded in documents dating back to the 12th century. The origin of the breed itself is unknown, but the most common theory is that the ancestors of Herdwick sheep were introduced by early Norse settlers.According to this, it was brought to the region somewhere between the 10th and 11th centuries during the Viking invasions of western England.
Herdwick lambs are born black, and after a year they lighten to a dark brown colour (the sheep are called hoggs or hoggets at this stage). After the first shearing, their fleece lightens further to grey. (Source Wikipedia )