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A very singular sheep 2

By whatriveristhis
"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, 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 wool of a Herdwick has unique qualities relating to durability. Thick bristle type fibres will often protrude from garments made from the wool, forming a protective layer in blizzards - most likely the same qualities that protect the sheep in similar conditions. Herdwicks have been known to survive under a blanket of snow for three days while eating their own wool.

In the later years of her life (over 50), the children's author Beatrix Potter was involved with keeping and breeding Herdwicks, even acting as president of the breed association for a time. Between 1930 and 1938 she won a number of prizes for Herdwick ewes at shows across Cumbria. Upon her death in 1943, she bequeathed fifteen farms - a total of approximately 4,000 acres (16 kmē) to the National Trust and, as per her instruction, all continue to graze Herdwick flocks "

- Wikipedia

Second of three.

Thanks to everyone who looked at the first one, and thank you Dougie and Somnath for giving your awards.

Tags: Sheep Black and white Ullswater Farming Livestock Lake District ENGLAND Rural photography

Voters: danmcc, bliba, Ahem and 46 more

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Comments


19 Oct 2019 5:00AM
Excellent...

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Joline Plus
13 30 54 United States
19 Oct 2019 6:09AM
I like this even more than the first. There is something about the pose and position of the sheep that is quite alluring.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2019 7:36AM
I prefer this one. That's a very coy over-the-shoulder pose...
woolybill1 Plus
13 30 75 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2019 7:37AM
It looks lost, Alan. Or maybe it's just posing.
Wink
Regards
Bill
saltireblue Plus
9 9.9k 38 Norway
19 Oct 2019 8:34AM
Probably looking for the other one you posted...

("Note to camera bloke; make sure my bum doesn't look too big...")
viscostatic 13 45 5 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2019 8:37AM
Beautifully isolated.

Phil.
19 Oct 2019 9:51AM
some of the white sheep aren't as white as they try to appear..
seriously, a wonderful pose from the sheep and artsy postwork for this shot
Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2019 11:38AM
Sheepish.
19 Oct 2019 12:18PM
It's as well its coat is thick and tough, the habitat looks thick and tangled.
I bought a wooly jumper just last week I doubt it's Herdwick.

Dougie
Nikonuser1 Plus
7 160 16 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2019 12:42PM
Excellent mono AlanSmileSmile

Cliff
Excellent image
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4049 Canada
19 Oct 2019 2:41PM
Outstanding in its own field
19 Oct 2019 2:56PM

Quote:Outstanding in its own field

... Groan
gerainte1 5 44 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2019 4:13PM
love the way the sheep is framed

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