Thursday, December 27, 2012

Snow


We have been pounded with about a foot of snow. We weren't ready. We never are. Winter comes quickly. One day, it is beautiful and warm and then next it is coming down hard. Last night after driving five hours to get home from my mom's to escape the storm, The Farmer and I drove around in the dark picking up piles of electronet fence from fields all over town. Some of it is still in piles under the snow and will probably be there until spring unless there is a good thaw. 


I went out in the height of the storm today to take some photos of the sheep. Such a beautiful sight. So gray and white and cold and raw. The sheep have hay to eat and stand around and eat while the snow is coming down. They hunker down and sleep in one place, standing up and shaking the snow off them. Most of the sheep in these photos are last year's lambs. We are expecting lambs any day now but we're hoping that they hold off until this storm goes away.















26 comments:

philogirl said...

Beautiful, but cold!

Cherie M is Estes Park CO said...

Great photos, Kristin! Thanks for sharing.

Paula F said...

Keep warm. Sorry to hear about the electronet fence all over town. I hope it all gets back to you.

tjf said...

Beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing and I hope the lambs come after the storm and not during. It looks cold. :)

Tricia

Heston Folks said...

I love your sheep pictures! The animals all look so calm, it makes me feel the same. :^) Thank you for sharing them with us!

Robin V said...

Beautiful photos - thanks for sharing.

(Some of these would make lovely notecards...)

Michele in Maine said...

Wonderful photos! I can't believe it's lambing season again. Didn't we just do that?

Stay warm!

sally said...

Thank you for the wonderful photographs. Wisconsin experienced your storm a few days earlier than you, but we live two miles from the east shore of Lake Michigan and the temp from the water modified our snowfall. Happy Winter and Good Lambing.

Whosyergurl said...

Kristin,
Lovely photos. I think some of these would be beautiful Christmas cards.
xo, Cheryl

Auntie Shan said...

I was wondering about how much you were getting! Saw the airport radar map of the storm track...

http://tracker.flightview.com/htOttawa/default.asp?customer=OTTAWATERM&mode=MONITOR&airport=YOW

[check it out sometime, might be useful]

Ottawa was on the northern edge, but we still got a good 8-inches or more. Luckily, it was DRY-fluff-flakes! NO sticking! Mind you, I was still out shovelling the stuff for 3 hours! - Meanwhile, we're supposed to get another round tomorrow..? Hope not! Tired of shovelling...

Stay DRY!
:-D

Felicity Ford said...

Your photos are absolutely breathtaking just look at all that white on white! I hope you and the sheep survive the hard weather intact and that the lambs hold on for more comfortable times before appearing!

Adaliza said...

Amazing photos, so evocative and still. Thanks so much for sharing. We're just enjoying lots (more) rain here in the UK. Our boys will both have returned to Bristol by the end of today - I'm driving the youngest back in a bit. I'll seek solace in beautiful Bath on the way home - to dry my tears stock up on more supplies and look forward to more quilting & crocheting in the New Year. Keep warm & snug in your farmhouse and thank you for braving the cold to share such wonderful images of your farm.

Margo said...

Thanks for braving the storm to share these great photos.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the beautiful pictures! The sheep are breath taking.

linda bowton said...

i absolutely LOVE your sheep!! every one of them , but i'm partial to the BLACK ones! (i've always felt I was the 'black sheep' in my family!!) i echo all the sentiments above...thank you for braving the elements and sharing your flock with us...AND your COLOR!!!
^)^ linda
now, where are my 'sticks' & 'string'??!!!

Julie said...

Wonderful, wonderful photos. I can feel the silence of the soft snowfall, and the sheep are an added delight!

Loco Lindy said...

I know the storm isn't fun, but these photos are just incredible, thanks for sharing!

Nina Ruit said...

I love the photos of your flock in the snow. Our flock is only a fraction of what you have, but it's my special joy to go out on snowy mornings and watch the sheep stand up and shake the snow off their backs and come to wait for their hay! It never gets any better than that! (Well, maybe watching lambs being born... but hey, we don't lamb as early as you do!). Thanks for the pix!

Reneelynn said...

Great pictures!! The one that has 2 lambs in it looks like the one on the right is laughing ;) Thanks for braving the storm.

Marlaine said...

Thanks so much for braving the cold and sharing such beautiful photos. They would make perfect Christmas cards!

Cathy said...

Thank you for the wonderful pictures. I instantly thought cards too! Stay safe, knit between lambs, and please send more beautiful pictures.

Susan said...

I want to save these pictures and look at them every day. They are so evocative; I can hear the quiet. They would make lovely cards.

gale (she shoots sheep shots) said...

whoa. These photos are STUNNING. I'm a little behind on my blog reading, and just found them.
Absolutely stunning.

Amy S. said...

These wonderful pictures made me think of the opening of Keats's "The Eve of St. Agnes":

"St. Agnes' Eve--Ah, bitter cold it was!
The owl, for all his feathers, was a-cold;
The hare limped trembling through the frozen ground
And silent stood the flock in woolly fold."

That's got to be in the public domain by now--maybe you could use it on the cards! :)

(Forgive me--I can't help being an editor!)

anita said...

If the beauty and grace of the snow-covered sheep in these pictures is not a testament to the warmth and moisture resistance of wool, I don't know what is! Out of lurkdom, love your blog, and pet parent to a fantastic 10 year-old Great Pyrenees named Annette!

shabby girl said...

Oh my gosh, those sheep are gorgeous! Having never been around them, I had no idea! Well, I'm sure your photos have a little something to do with that!