Dartmoor is a very harsh landscape,and food for these Black Face Sheep is in short supply.They nibble away at anything remotely looking like grass.Their wool coats are very thick ,which enable them to withstand the bitter winds and freezing temperatures.
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danyy (0) 2012-01-10 23:21
une photo bien sympathique, elle montre l'attrait de ces animaux pour le roc et l'altitude.
Ricx (13495) 2012-01-11 0:16
Morning Gladys, I just love dartmoor and its harshness, yet beauty.. caught the sheep just at the moment of it looking at you. well done Rich
luciola (2880) 2012-01-11 0:48
Very nice picture of country .
snunney (80689) 2012-01-11 2:15
I am always amazed how these sheep manage to survive whatever the weather throws at them. A good capture of this one, who seems very interested in you. He is nicely placed amongst the boulders and can be seen in good detail.
dale54 (6461) 2012-01-11 4:43
gladys hello,very impressive scene,great light and color to this,like your POV too! tfs! dr
tyro (19288) 2012-01-11 14:07
This is a fabulous photograph of a Blackface! I can almost feel its fleece - it really looks so fluffy and clean in this picture though they're as often as not a good bit grubbier than this! Lovely lighting on the beast and good representation of its features too, something I have found very difficult when photographing this breed as often the face appears entirely black and featureless.
Perfect exposure, lovely colours and excellent detail and sharpness.
Do the shepherds here in Devon ever dye these sheep before showing them? - as you know from a recent picture of mine, there seems to be a custom in Scotland and the north of England for dyeing them a bright orange colour.
adores (35100) 2012-01-31 16:55
I like these sheep a lot:)!The pose is excellent and the composition is very good. I like it with the blurred background!