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Photographer's Note

First you will have to excuse me for the quality of this photo is not great. It was taken with a 1.3mp!

I was observing this shepherd working for a few minutes thinking he is a hero. He had been up from 4.00am taking some 100 sheep down the mountain (as up was covered with 50cm of snow!). It was lambing season and there were lambs being born there and then constantly. It was getting late and he hand to get the flock back home so he was carrying up the hill two, three and sometimes four lambs as well as assiting new births and keeping an eye on the whole flock. Yet he did not look tired and happily posed for this photo. He will go home where more chores await him. Milking for one and even if he has some help it is quite a job milking 100 sheep, and then he would put the milk in milk churns and send someone (ususally a family member)first thing in the morning with their mules to deliver the milk directy to subscribed members in Polican (a small town at the foot of the hills).

A man has got to do what a man has got to do!

P.s. At the time the milk was put in 1.5l bottles unpasterised and sold for some 70pence if I remember it correclty. The customers usually pasterise the milk at home with most beating it for the butter. You can get as much as 200g of pure fresh butter from this milk without triying to hard!

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  • Copyright: Aleks Gjika (agjika) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 103 W: 39 N: 516] (3177)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2005-02-00
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2010-08-18 1:07
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