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By nonur  
As you may well know, we are going to celebrate the festival of the sacrifice in a few days. (It is the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year. It honors the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his promised son. Ishmael a as an act of submission to God's command, before God then intervened to provide Abraham with a lamb to sacrifice instead.) The municipalities reserve plots in and around the cities for the breeders to hold a market for the buyers. One of those plots in our city is six or seven Km away from the part of the city I live, and I went there yesterday not to buy one but to take some photographs. During the bargaining the seller and the buyer usually keep shaking hands until the agree upon a price, that's a sight to be seen. There were not many buyers at the time, still I managed to take a number photos which could be interesting. The breeder of this stock was extravagant with colour markings.

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1 Oct 2014 9:08AM
Wonderful coloured shot Nezih, these have such glorious colouring, a very interesting write up too.
Have a good few days too

Patty GrinGrinGrin
Hermanus 9 4 South Africa
1 Oct 2014 9:10AM
Two lovely images - very unusual with all the paint , but special - and they are organic as well Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2519 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2014 9:14AM
V1 is beautiful, and sad. I guess sheep have had that look of dumb resignation since Biblical times. Some species seem purpose-designed for sacrifice, whether to God or to haute cuisine.
Shaji84 7 4 India
1 Oct 2014 9:17AM
V1 is a terrific image - very well composed and is full of color... Can't help but feel sorry for this poor things...
gss 8 1 Romania
1 Oct 2014 9:19AM
Remembered that in Algeria was called Aid el Adha ( hope I wasn't made a confusion with Aid el Fitr, but in autumn I think it was Adha)
nonur 13 18 13 Turkey
1 Oct 2014 9:21AM

Quote:Remembered that in Algeria was called Aid el Adha ( hope I wasn't made a confusion with Aid el Fitr, but in autumn I think it was Adha)

For arabs it is Aid el Adha, Silviu, you're right.
EMJAYCEE 13 10 10 England
1 Oct 2014 9:24AM
Lambs to the slaughter - Sad
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2014 9:30AM
What a colourful sight SmileSmile
Andysnapper 14 109 25 England
1 Oct 2014 9:51AM
Super shot Nezih, almost abstract.

Bantu 8 7 1 India
1 Oct 2014 10:01AM
A great explanation,lovely capture.

1 Oct 2014 10:53AM
Painted organics sheeps!!! Very well spotted and captured, Nezih.
1 Oct 2014 11:11AM
nice capture of the event, saw it many time in middle east its very interesting as long as you don't have weak stomach lol!
LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2014 11:14AM
Extravagant with the colour markings indeed but as red is my favourite colour I wholeheartedly approve. Excellent livestock shots and a fascinating commentary.
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 172 16 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2014 12:08PM
2 great images Nezih, a very informative write up, V1 for meSmile

bliba Plus
16 1 2 Austria
1 Oct 2014 12:23PM
excellent work
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 23 Canada
1 Oct 2014 12:25PM
Interesting but sad. A great image of the colourful sheep, V1. When you see their lovely faces it's hard to think of killing them.
1 Oct 2014 12:57PM
Excellent capture.
Irishkate 11 45 121 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2014 1:05PM
Daisymaye said it before me - interesting but sad - surely we don't need to make sacrifices
of living creatures to uphold any God.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2014 1:39PM
Definately sheep in sheeps clothing, nice to see the breeder has added a bit of colour. Interesting narrative to accompany Nezih... Enjoy.
Peter GrinGrin
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
1 Oct 2014 3:17PM
Well, the pictures are amazing-- thought the sheep had been sunburned!! ha ha

having helped my neighbor rescue many third born lambs----cuddle a baby lamb---- I have difficulty with the idea of sacrificing, or dining upon .
danbrann 17 640 17
1 Oct 2014 3:56PM
Sad but true and don't forget we do a very similar thing with our Turkeys at Christmas. An interesting narrative to an interesting image.
cats_123 Plus
18 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
1 Oct 2014 4:46PM
Two super full frame shots Grin
SlowSong Plus
13 10.3k 30 England
1 Oct 2014 4:58PM
Perhaps they're pretending to be flamingoes in case they get away with it. Wink
Very nice shot with them all packed in together like that.

I was only looking at JMW Turner's painting of Abraham and his sacrifice this week at Tate Britain. A very moving picture.
1 Oct 2014 5:41PM
Nezih these would cause a riot we would need some green ones to level things up a lovely image does this guarantee them organic

richmowil Plus
13 484 2 England
1 Oct 2014 6:56PM
Bags of colour in this fine capture Nezih -V1-
mistere Plus
8 13 5 England
1 Oct 2014 7:10PM
Quite like the red head SmileSmile, interesting and informative Nezih. Nice work.

Stunning pic!
ColleenA Plus
9 502 8 Australia
1 Oct 2014 11:17PM
Excellent images and a great write up
xwang 13 56 8
2 Oct 2014 7:51PM
I really like the red colour...

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