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18-july 08 overlays. twins in distress
18-july 08 overlays. twins in distress

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Collection: 019 - JULY 08. OVERLAYS
Camera: Canon EOS-40D
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS for Canon
Location: on our land
Date: Jul 25, 2008
Galleries: Emotive, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jul 24, 2008

Viewed: 1181
Comments: 26
Favorites: 5 (view)

this is going on right now as i post this .. these lambs have just been born ... it's my brother's ewe which has just had twins ..
he had asked me to check on his ewes coz he thought they might give birth soon .. its winter here and cold as well .. not a good time to be born .. she's a first time mother .. the lambs were in the dirt and she hadnt cleaned them properly .. they are very weak and couldnt stand up .. i moved the lambs into a patch of sunlight and onto some grass, but there are clouds so it wont stay warm there for long ..
my brother is coming up shortly to check on them .. he lives down the road .. lets pray they're ok ..
i had my camera with me .. surprise surprise .. !! .. & i took a couple of shots .. while i'm waiting for michael to come up i did this quick process ..
something to distract me from thinking about them out there .. often its best to let them alone .. intervention isnt always the best thing when it comes to nature ..

hours later ..
the ewe had two more lambs ..
there's no way she can look after them all & they would die without intervention .. they are very weak and small being quadruplets.
we have adopted one of them for the time being and are bottle feeding her..
we hope she survives the night ..

the next morning .. our little girl is thriving .. standing up and walking/wobbling around .. i think she'll be ok .. two of her other siblings were at my brother's place for the night & i've heard are ok too .. let's hope the one we left with mum survived the night ...

this is the follow up story the day after ..
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five days old ..
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five days old ..
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a bit over a year later ..
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10/02/2009 10:59:10 PM
Love the story. I hope they all did well after such a cold start in the world. Your sheep photos are very artistic and fascinating.
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10/01/2009 11:19:27 PM
Awesome image!
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10/01/2009 09:23:45 AM
Wow; what a story! Farming isn't for the faint of heart.
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10/01/2009 03:04:53 AM
What a great animal to have around, as for the photo, is this an overlay because the processing or look to the image is cool
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08/09/2009 01:25:32 AM
I love this shot, love what you've done with it!

Even mum is looking at the camera :-)
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01/25/2009 04:11:40 PM
Would eue look at that! Great story.
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08/28/2008 07:19:43 PM
Oh my goodness, what a story! How are they doing now?
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07/30/2008 10:33:16 PM
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the story.
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07/29/2008 03:37:32 PM
Oh Roz I'm so glad I got to this later and could see the whole story otherwise I would be worrying about the lambs all day! Beautiful processing very heartfelt
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07/29/2008 02:26:55 PM
Aww Roz! Just looked at all three lamb pictures! What a story!! So happy to hear they're doing well. You'll have to keep us updated on these little guys! Great processing on all of them.
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07/28/2008 10:08:01 PM
Amazing...on all levels!!!
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07/28/2008 09:11:17 PM
Beautiful, Roz. You don't need much extra entertainment down your way, do you. Seems you keep your own excitement level pretty high. Great story, and wonderful outcome for these little critters.

Quads! Wow.

Oh, yes, fabulous photography, as well.
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07/28/2008 12:55:36 PM
What a story, Roz. Excellent job of processing you did here.
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07/27/2008 01:02:19 PM
Wow. What a story. And your pictures are a wonderful way to share it - your processing really adds to the mood of the situation, as always. YOu really do seem to have a good sense of what to do when to pictures you create. I'd say "take", but you don't "take" pictures, you make them.
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07/27/2008 12:46:42 PM
I'm such a dork - I could have sworn I commented on this. In my head only , apparently.

Wonderful, wonderful work - and what a moving story. I hope it all turns out well with the poor lambs. And I hope they are not going to be slaughtered once they've grown. Are they for mowing or for wool?

The overlay job on this is fantastic.
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07/26/2008 07:19:09 PM
She looks like a good mother. Those baby sheep better grow some wool soon. Beautiful lighting effect to bring out the foreground and the sheep birth field. Very sweet scene.
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07/26/2008 08:54:01 AM
Great news Roz!!!
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07/26/2008 12:25:39 AM
Beautifully processed to bring out the emotive qualities in the image. So glad that all seem to be doing well. Keep us updated, Roz. :)
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07/25/2008 11:38:30 PM
Awwww... very sad but such a sweet image. Best wishes for them all.
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07/25/2008 05:52:37 PM
This image takes my breath away! Everything about it evokes emotion in me. Love the light too. Fav.
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07/25/2008 12:34:50 PM
Oh, Roz....so sad....

Beautiful, haunting, evocative image......just breaks my heart.
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07/25/2008 09:47:51 AM
BEAUTIFUL and yet, a little SAD as well. I do hope they survive the night, and hope you do not get to attached to them.

I have never heard to four at once but guess it has happened before. I love this image, apart from the story, as it is so so 'EMOTIVE', and nearly moves me to tears.....

Thanks for sharing the image, and the story behind the image.
I really love the processing, as it is certainly has your stamp of approval on it.

Thanks Roz as you are the BEST.....

Message edited by author 2008-07-25 09:49:57.
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07/25/2008 08:44:08 AM
Good luck with the Lamb-if anyone can nuture it, YOU can ! Wonderful image :)
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07/25/2008 05:02:54 AM
Good luck with the baby Roz! It's so hard when they have a rough start like this.

Beautiful emotive shot, fantastic editing.
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07/25/2008 12:18:23 AM
How sad and very hard to walk away from. Beautiful processing despite the sad times.
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07/24/2008 11:51:25 PM
Oh those sweet things. This is beautiful and I am hoping with all my heart that they are ok!!!!!
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