Saturday, February 18, 2012
Newborn Baby Lambs
I just had to share these photos from today-- the light, the subjects, the little lives pictured are just too precious to keep these photos on my hard drive. I've lived in the country surrounded by corn fields my entire life. I showed sheep for ten years in 4-H and my grandpa has always been a hobby farmer. (He was also a teacher and then a principal... but "hobby farmer" to him means having cattle and an entire flock of 40+ sheep.) Over the years as he grew older, my grandpa's farm has grown smaller, but he still continues to take care of his crazy 80-year-old self and the livestock. (He also has two llamas right now, supposedly they protect sheep from dogs and coyotes.)
When I went over to see some of the new baby lambs today, one of the ewes had just given birth to twins out in the barn lot. Usually my grandpa predicts when the sheep are going to give birth, but this old gal caught him by surprise and my sister, her friends, and I helped my grandpa take the babys and their mom inside the barn for warmth and safety.
Carrying the babies into the barn.
And a nosy sheep.
Two of the older lambs. Fun fact: my grandpa has the oldest flock of Dorset sheep in the state of Indiana. These sheep have been in my family for a while.
These llamas are funny creatures, although they aren't as easy on the eyes as the little lambs. ;)