Monday, April 09, 2007

Snapping Animals

It has been a gloriously sunny Easter here in the UK so I have been out and about quite a bit. I have visited a castle, went on a couple of walks (which I will post about soon) and visted parents. On one of the walks I came across a small farm with some pens open to the public. Of course I couldn't resist taking a few pictures , and as the animals were used to people they made very obliging subjects.

There were three goats in one enclosure and the one in the picture above came trotting over as I stood by the fence. It seemed to want to pose for me so I snapped off a few shots.

The pigs were enjoying rooting around in the dirt but I noticed this one making a hollow for itself in a shady spot. I watched as it dug away the top layer of soil adn then laid down to sleep in the hollow it had made. Content with it's work it started to doze. I had a telephoto lens on so I was able to take the shot above without disturbing it from it's slumber.

In the next enclosure were a few sheep and one of them had a little lamb. The little thing followed it's mum everywhere and she kept a watchful eye on it while it joyfully ran around in the grass. She kept her offspring well away from people by the fences though many tried to call the lamb over. My telephoto lens came into it's own once more and I happily snapped away without worrying either of them.

While I have been out and about I have noticed many lambs in the fields. Spring has definitely arrived in the UK!

17 comments:

kenju said...

Good photos of lovely subjects! I love lambs.

Anna said...

How appropriate for Easter....and I love the big pig! :)

Ps said...

Nice!!Brought a smile to my face seeing how comfy that pig made himself/herself!!

TrueJerseyGirl said...

Looove that little piggy!!!!

srp said...

I did it! (in my very best Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde voice).... I finally finished my thinking blogger post for you and have it posted. Now I am bushed.

All the little lambs are adorable, I saw some around here too... yes, someone had a piece of land in the city with a few lambs.

diyadear said...

gr8!!! Enjoy the spring!!!!

Melody said...

Ohh I love the pig photo - you have captured him in the lens well...

Irish Church Lady :) said...
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Irish Church Lady :) said...

Awwww... I love pigs and lambs. Actually as a kid I was totally enthralled with pigs, if you must know. That and elephants.

You got some great shots there! Especially of the big piggy sleeping!

Glad you had a nice Easter weekend and got out and about.

Sarch said...

Great photos BK. Nature is really waking up and kicking about now.

The goat picture absolutely cracks me up.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

LOVE these pictures, Bob-Kat! The animals are ALL so dear...! How wonderful to be able to capture them with that fabulous telephoto....Such a sweet little lamb, isn't he/she? Reminds me of that song from "Gypsy"...'Little Lamb' that Louise sings as a young girl...
I know you must be happy that Spring has sprung and that you can go about and enjoy your beautiful countryside!

Sarch said...

Still loving the goat!

utenzi said...

I like the picture of the pig the most, Bob-Kat. He (or she) looks very peaceful and contnted there.

Katherine said...

That sleeping pig was just too precious! Great pics.

JAM said...

The goat on top there is great. When I take my camera to church for this or that, invariably, one or two children come up to me and want their pictures taken. Your goat seems like that.

I like the little lamb at the bottom too.

Shephard said...

Farm animals a plenty! :)
Great photos. Love the lambs.
~S

Carmi said...

I feel so at peace whenever I see farm animals. Maybe it's a vestige of my childhood, when it was fashionable in some circles to have birthday parties at local farms. I miss those days: so simple and sweet.