Saturday, October 23, 2010

Photographic Saturday

Little Red Oak Miia (oops, I thought she was Matilda, Miia's white twin)  is a Finnsheep ewe who looks surprisingly like her aunt,--Lassi, shown in the next photo with the flock.
Miia's mom is pure white, so under her white coat, we have no idea if mom Mari has any spots goin' on...
and Miia and Matilda's dad is Osmo, who is solidly light brown -- though he had a tiny forehead spot as a baby.












Still, check out auntie Lassi, below.  See the resemblance?:

 Emily wants to show off Shetland lamb, Little Red Oak Annie's nice, crimpy brown wool.  I couldn't help bu notice the wall behind Emily-- our reason for getting rid of horned rams!
 Annie is the biggest, in-your-face pet of 2010 in the lamb pasture.  She's Emily's favorite.
Here, Em shows us the distinct line where this Finn ewe lamb's fleece went from black to steely gray.  I know it looks like a brown sheep, but she's truly a sunbleached black lamb... However, if I may ask the Finn breeders to weigh in-- is she a gray lamb, then?  Looks like.


Here's a Shetland lamb, LittleRedOak Candy, wearing her straw bedding.  She's getting cuter as she gets older.  Her mom is LRO Snap, a mostly black ewe, and WhitePine Parker, a musket, scurred ram.  Candy's wild spottedness surprised us, as neither parent's spot gene is expressed very strongly.


Finally, a flock shot-- we think it is LRO Willow front and center--one of my Maple's twin ewe lambs.  We have to check ear tags-- the lambs have all changed a lot in two months while we've been too busy to stay acquainted.  Behind her is a black Finnsheep ewe lamb, another black going gray.  Sweet girls, all.

9 comments:

Nancy K. said...

What wonderful photos, Gail!
Your sheep are beautiful and so is your daughter!

Sabrina Wille Erickson said...

I was thinking the same thing as Nancy! :)

Gail V said...

Thanks, you two. I passed your compliments on to Emily, who smiled a shy little smile.

Connie Peterson said...

Lovely herd of pretty girls, four AND two-legged.

roundaboutacres said...

Lovely photos of sheep and Em. Your Finn lamb just has to be gray. I'm sure Elizabeth from Stillmeadow would have good input on this. My gray ram lamb I got from her is a very light, light gray. I would be curious to see how your ewe would look if she was jacketed throughout the year?

Candy T said...

I still love your sheep so much. And LRO Candy.....what can I say. I was cute as a "lamb" too, years ago. Do I need her fleece for namesake?

Gail V said...

Terri I know I've been musing aloud about this for months-- and Eliz says gray, and so does a WA breeder I talked to-- but if her tongue's dark black, I'm thinkin' no. ...but?...

Gail V said...

Candy
you can surely reserve Candy's fleece if you want to-- she's one of only two black Shetland's here--though there are more charcoal/black Finns. We named her Candy because we use names that remind us of the lambs' mothers, to help us remember. Her mom is Licorice Snap, whose mom is Chiclet.

Claire the Shepherdess said...

Such beautiful photos - the resemblance between Miia and Lassi is startling. I would swear it was the same sheep in the photos!