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A very singular sheep 1

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

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Leo, Helen, Malc, Moira, Geraint, Kate, Joline, Peter, Dougie, Somnath, Jenn, Richard, and John, kindly gave their awards to my flower abstract. Thanks go to them, and to everyone else who dropped by.

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

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17 Oct 2019 7:28AM
A very solemn wee face, maybe you disturbed his munching.


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Jasper87 Plus
10 2.4k 158 England
17 Oct 2019 7:44AM
Looking very sheepish.....
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.9k 2166 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2019 7:59AM
Saw a lot of these last week but they were keeping their distance.
saltireblue Plus
9 10.4k 59 Norway
17 Oct 2019 8:55AM
Sounds like they are survivors despite facing various you perchance empathise with them?
17 Oct 2019 9:03AM
great shot and title
not to mention the write-up
viscostatic 13 45 6 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2019 9:08AM
Great mono photography Alan. Looking forward to the next two.

Nikonuser1 Plus
7 161 16 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2019 9:35AM
Look's lost Alan, a excellent mono imageSmileSmile

chase Plus
14 1.4k 325 England
17 Oct 2019 10:32AM
Awwww, it looks all alone Sad
I like the processing Alan,nice conversion.
Joline Plus
13 30 56 United States
17 Oct 2019 11:31AM
A hardy variety. I'd love to see some of the yarn from these sheep. Sounds like a great winter knit.
clicknimagine Plus
10 618 100 India
17 Oct 2019 11:37AM
Those grasses beautifully framed that sheep, it looks beautiful at the same time threatening, Love your work and you deserve more...Excellent...
Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2019 1:17PM
Where's Bo Peep when you need her ?
Excellent image
gerainte1 6 44 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2019 6:09PM
I do like the grasses hiding the sheep
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
17 Oct 2019 6:17PM
I LOVE your rural images!
Irishkate Plus
9 41 118 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2019 12:43PM
Had to see the images I'd missed.
Love this one -you certainly know how to work your mono images.

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