Portraits From The Barn

Kim is my only Karakul sheep.

Jon and I have a busy day of doctor’s appointments and if time allows a pedicure. Knowing I’d be away from the farm most of the day, I spent some extra time in the barn.  I wasn’t planning on taking portraits, but there they were in front of me.

So I took what I was given.


Lori is Robin’s mom. One of the things they share is they often have a piece of grass hanging from their mouths.  Today Lori has a little bit of fern caught in her wool.  Lori is easy to tell apart from the other sheep by the white spot on her nose.

Fate stood quietly by me for a while, as the barn swallows circled in and out of the barn. She left when she realized I wasn’t taking her to the sheep.

I use this rake and shovel every morning to muck out the barn. I thought they were deserving of a portrait too.  They’re important to keeping the farm clean and the animals healthy.

Biddy is the last of the four Romneys we got in from a farmer who couldn’t care for them any more. I’m not sure how old she is, but we got her in 2016 and she was at least a few years old then. (You can see a video and picture of Biddy when we first got her here. She was badly in need of shearing as were all four Romneys).

Although they are both wethers, and Liam is a lot older than Issachar, I never see any sign of trouble between them, and rarely do they butt heads which is common even with the ewes.

Sheep will put their heads in corners and up against buildings to help keep the insects away.  Sometimes they put their heads together for the same reason.  But there were no insects in the barn this morning.

I don’t know what Issachar and Liam are saying to each other, but I don’t doubt that they’re communicating.

10 thoughts on “Portraits From The Barn

  1. I love all these portraits but Kim’s is outstanding. The soft light gives her face so much character. Fate looks like she’s enjoying a pleasant daydream. These animal closeups are always appreciated!

  2. I find the rake and shovel picture quite beautiful and evocative. The arrangement of the light and shadows, lines and angles, and the gentle pop of color of the rake handle in the soft monochromatic warm tones in the picture. The dignity captured in the simple farm elements. It’s a visual meditation.

    1. Oh Thank you for noticing it and looking so closely Lois. These tools are important to my work like my sewing machine and computer. I think maybe that came through in my picture.

  3. Maria,
    This is one of my favorite photos of Fate. You have captured her soul and magic.
    I really value your sharing your stories and experiences and to be able to witness and be a part of The Army of Good.
    in peace and gratitude, Carol

  4. Maybe Fate is counting sheep. (couldn’t resist). And Kim exudes character. I never tire of the sheep portraits. Never knew that equids need to sleep lying down in order to dream.

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