Farm Animal Portraits

March 21, 2013

Romney Marsh ewe

Romney Marsh ewe

I couldn’t resist taking photos of some of the farms animals at Camelot Downs.  They have such distinct faces.  I felt as if I were on E.B. White’s farm in Charlotte’s Web (minus Charlotte the pig).

Dolly, the llama -- one of two llamas that guard the sheep

Dolly, the llama — one of two llamas that guard the sheep

A Toulouse goose

A Toulouse goose

This turkey as a face only a mother could love.

This turkey as a face only a mother could love.

Young turkey

Young turkey

No words necessary

No words necessary

Spring Lambs

March 20, 2013

This past Saturday I went on a farm tour with the PCC Farmland Trust to see the new lambs at Camelot Downs on Whidbey Island.  This was my second visit to this small, organic sheep farm.  (You can see an earlier post from February 2011 here.)  This year there were 22 lambs, a sure sign of Spring.

Spring lambs at Camelot Downs farm

Spring lambs at Camelot Downs farm

Gary and Lois Fisher, owners of Camelot Downs, raise two old breeds of sheep — Romney Marsh and South Down whose heritage strings back to Colonial days.  This was their last weekend in their winter coats.  Shearing would take place this week.

“The new lambs all have the same little bony body, the same strange combination of fragility and resilience, the same jumpy immediacy.  On their suddenly vast green grassy playground, they perform from time to time a startling leap, all four legs in the air, a quiver along the tensed back, a sudden blowing off of the synapses, for no real reason and always followed by a look of bemused horror.  Why did my body do that?  What is this sensory, jerking, stuttering of which I am a part?  Where’s my mother?”
— Adam Nicolson, Sea Room

Spring lambs, Camelot Downs

Spring lambs, Camelot Downs

South Down ewe and her lamb

South Down ewe and her lamb

Sticking close to mother

Sticking close to mother

Romney Marsh ewe

Romney Marsh ewe

Gamboling in its vast green playground

Gamboling in its vast green playground

Sheep farm at Camelot Downs, Whidbey Island

Sheep farm at Camelot Downs, Whidbey Island

Heritage breeds

Heritage breeds