A moment with so much movement, when shepherd and goats are moving around the chapel.
It was taken during the Feast of Santo Antonio dos Cabaços, on Saint Anthony's day, in the mountain, not far from Mangualde, near Viseu. There's a very old feast that takes place there, near a small church devoted to S. António dos Cabaços. On this day, in the morning, most part of the shepherds in the area bring their goats and sheep for the celebrations. The tradition started because the shepherds moved their flocks from the Estrela Mountain to Montemuro Mountain, where there was more and greener pasture during the hot season and this was a place where they used to stop when they were on their way.
Early in the morning, there's a procession and an outdoor mass, when all the animals present are blessed by the priest. Then, they are kept in the shadow under the trees, as it's usually hot. At around 04.00 or 05.00 in the afternoon, when it's getting cooler for them, each one of the shepherds brings them to near the chapel. They start from the right side of the chapel and they go around it a few times, always with the shepherd in front, leading them. This way the sheperds are thanking the saint for the protection their animals have received during the last year and they also ask for protection for the next year. After that, they are taken home. On this day, the fields around the church are full of locals who come to make picnics and watch the celebrations. Some of the animals are decorated.
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Noel_Byrne (25220) 2014-06-15 7:48
Excellent complimentary photo to your last post, great to see this clo up of the farmer and his animal. That goat looks very proud too, a beautiful specimen of his kind. Excellent capture of the motion too with the backdrop in slight blur but your subject perfectly clear.
macjake (57344) 2014-06-15 8:50
are you kidding me? is that really a cow bell around that goats neck?
that has got to be the largest bell i've ever seen.
seems to be very hard to walk around with.
excellent light, very clear shot. cute for sure.
jcpix (13700) 2014-06-15 9:55
Not something I had ever known about, and your picture details the event quite nicely. Another fun and interesting learned facet from seeing and reading about such places around the world. This is a lovely depiction of the procession, full of detail and a strong sense of the activity. I really like the fact we catch a glimpse of the others just a few steps behind your main subjects. Sharp, evenly exposed and well presented. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Take care.
serp2000 (40604) 2014-06-15 10:18
Thumbs up! Good capture of the moving goat and shepherd, is it a bell or what? Impressive size of the bell, I think it's not comfortable for animal. ;)
Thanks for this amazing photo, it's makes me smile.
papagolf21 (86942) 2014-06-15 11:25
Outre la beauté de la composition, j'ai beaucoup apprécié également la note d'accompagnement, tout à fait dans l'esprit de TE.
Très bonne soirée.
ourania (32741) 2014-06-15 11:45
I like very much the sense of quick and steady movement that you captured effectively in the tight, vertical frame. We get a good idea of the movement around the chapel, a quick glimpse at the custom that is very eloquent. The goat looks huge and seems to be smiling:) I also like the strong natural colours, the warm, clear light and the dynamic shadows. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
eldancer1 (28953) 2014-06-15 17:49
Very nice capture of this old tradition and thank you for the wonderful information, learn something new everyday from TE. Good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.
ikeharel (58817) 2014-06-15 22:24
Old tradition, but beautifully taken the moment, Ana.
Inspite of the moving subjects - fine clear picture, and well done light management.
jjcordier (76876) 2014-06-15 23:28
Jolie scène. La pauvre bête a bien du mérite de traîner cette impressionnante cloche!
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-16 3:48
a shot full of character and originality. A real sense of movement as you say and captured perfectly. Not sure how that poor goat manages to get around with the enormous bell around its neck, not much chance of it wandering off too far I suppose.
Have a good week - B.
holmertz (42199) 2014-06-16 12:29
This is a fine complement to the last photo and a very nice double "portrait" of the shepherd and his goat. The strong light has been very well handled and the colours and sharpness are superb.
emka (80772) 2014-06-17 23:15
Ola Ana, What a nice tradition top come with a goat to the chapel. Cute animal but why its leg is cut :). Very pleasant shot.
WArm regrads MAlgo
krzychu30 (15498) 2014-06-18 2:21
interesting and for sure very original capture!
Not only because of this quite original looking bell,but also because we have the opportunity to learn something new about your beautiful country and its Feasts.
abmdsudi (44196) 2014-06-18 7:57
He certainly looks strong enough!! that's a superb shot, his pleasant expression says so much leading the beautiful decorated goat in the time-honored tradition. Indeed this humble peasant deserved to be singled out, in his body language one sees his intense concentration which tells its own story. What a character and timing of your priceless candid is spot on. The rich colours in this as well as the superb composition really gives it a punch. Love your description as well. Congrats