Although I live in the country and I see farm animals pretty often, the chances of taking any nice new ones between now and Christmas are not great. Here are some that I have taken over the past few years instead.
Although I don’t live on a farm I do live in the country so there are opportunities to photograph livestock either at country shows, neighbouring properties or just when I’m out and about. These are all old ones from my archives.
I thought this would be easy for a country dweller but I am a country dweller who can only see farm animals within a 2km radius of my house when it is not raining. So here are some I prepared earlier.
I used to occasionally house sit for friends who had a hobby farm. I did not have to do a lot, some hay for the sheep, goats and alpacas, feed the chooks, collect the eggs and water the veggies. I loved staying there. It was very peaceful and as it was too far to walk to the bus stop unless I was really keen I just relaxed, did my chores and caught up with reading, knitting and listening to music.
Fruit growing is the other main type of farming around here but it is too early in the season for apples yet. We’re waiting for the blossom and hoping the windy October weather does not blow them away.
Lastly here are some cows who live in a paddock next to a neighbour’s place which is literally five minutes walk from my house.
Since I have lived in the country I’ve had opportunities to photograph farm animals more often. Today I decided to concentrate on sheep. I used to house sit for a friend who kept a few sheep, goats, chickens and for a while alpacas. One year she had a bottle fed lamb who she called Oliver because he always wanted more.
I like to visit country shows. At a little town called Woodsdale not far from Oatlands they had a fashion show where even the sheep got into the act wearing socks. At the Middleton Country Fair I enjoyed watching a sheepdog going through his paces.