Monday, December 13, 2010

Market forces

This photograph was taken early on the morning after the final night of the sheep flocks stay in their nearby summer home. It didn't seem appropriate to disturb them by venturing nearer for a better photograph.

The sheep had been walked as usual through the neighbouring farmlands clearing weed and fertilizing the land as they moved across it; those thousands of tiny feet lightly tilling the top soil as they walk as grazing animals do so well. Constant movement prevents overgrazing and allows grass fields and native crops to re-grow.

Throughout the night the sheep circled constantly treading their straw bedding into the ground; and huddling together for protection against any predators, able to negotiate the electric fence that surrounded them. When morning came they happily walked away over the familiar territory unaware that today they were heading for market.

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