Find The Flow and Go With It



Zeus and I are sharing a moment of watching the same thing. 


There is a beautiful simplicity to sheep trailing off.  I have taken similar photos many times over in different spots, in different seasons, and I never tire of watching them go or catching photos of them as they leave.  Part of why I try for such photos is to hold onto the connection that started when they were passing nearby which I know will sever once they get so far away.  At that point there is always the briefest moment of loneliness and I think that too is captured in scenes of people or animals walking away.  

Someone once told me they were advised that it wasn’t correct to photograph or draw animals from the rear or moving away; that viewers want to see the eyes.  I think that whoever dispensed that advice to begin with never spent time watching animals leave or maybe couldn’t accept that brief moment of loneliness. 

The ewes seem to go precisely where they need to go but it seldom feels like they planned to go there. Not every animal follows the other when they head out for the day.  More often small groups of ewes branch out on finger trails. Yet each group is taking the path of least resistance, flowing and curving with the land knowing that the most natural way to travel through the day is to find the flow and go with it.


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  1. Arlette, these pictures are stunning...some of your very best. I am moved by them....and I agree totally with you on pictures of animals moving away...we do feel that loneliness for a moment, even when they are our own, even when we know they are safe. Will we remember these moments forever? Kudos on these fantastic shots.

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    1. Thank you Judi, I appreciate all your support.

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  2. I have a small flock of 24 sheep on a large pasture across the road from home. Each evening I feed them a token snack so I can check them all out. I love seeing them come over the hill towards me, each one appearing in turn. And when they've had their snack and the friendliest ones have come for a scratch they all head back out to their night camp. As the last one gives me a nudge and scampers off after the disappearing flock I find myself wishing them a good night and sweet dreams :-)

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  3. Your blog posts are a truly fascinating read for me ("LGDs Lead The Way" is just one perfect example), and many of your photos make me wish I could get poster size copies of them to hang on my walls. I agree with your "catching photos as they leave" -- and I miss seeing your artwork, specifically the two LGDs leaving which really grabbed my heart... I think it is a pity that the Artwork section is no longer present on your site. Are your paintings no longer for sale? I think you are much too talented to keep your art to yourself!! In any event, I'm very glad I happened upon your blog, and thank you for sharing.

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    1. Found it! Under Color Pencil Artwork: "On my Way", companion piece to "Scanning Horizons" (i.e., not two LGDs leaving).

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    2. I so appreciate your kind words and encouragement. Bless you. I'm still doing artwork and the artwork section will return. Right now I have enough time to keep creating but I have little time to focus on selling so have not pushed further into this avenue. I will get there though and it will be the case that one day I can devote significant time to artwork and promotion of it. Glad you found the second piece you were looking for.

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    3. The artwork section will return--excellent! But I fully understand what a precious resource time must be in your life. (In fact, I've wondered how you get done all that you do... Incidentally, I think the house you are building already looks so very nice, somehow very cozy-to-be!)

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