Yesterday afternoon, I went to a local farm and photographed the farmer (a woman) trimming lambs’ hooves.  I’ve never seen a “squeeze table” in use before.  It was interesting and I can see how it saves the farmer a lot of manual labor and lifting.  I expect some people would say that it was cruel to the sheep, but in my opinion, leaving their hooves long or allowing them to thrash and fight other means of restraint is much more cruel. These are wool sheep and their hooves need more attention than hair sheep do.  We used to have to trim our goats’ hooves and we have a stand that we used and it works well, but dairy goats are much more tame than these wool sheep or most sheep in general.

sheep hoof



These are just two of the 117 picture I took.  I’ve flagged about ten good ones to edit and add to my portfolio possibilities.  This Saturday, a shearer is coming out and they will be shearing 15 ewes.  I will be there to photograph it.  Looking forward to that!  It was fun being around sheep again. I came home smelling like a sheep!

Wally and I have talked about getting some sheep, and we may get some down the road, but I think what we might do is to purchase three or four young dairy goats, raise them up to breeding age and then breed them with a Kiko buck and use the kids for meat (and the dairy does for milk), not keeping any does at all back and doing the same thing for several years.  We have areas that need to be cleaned up by goats and honestly, I miss hand milking!  We will see …

One of our assignments in Portfolio II was to write up a Portfolio Plan analyzing the best examples of our photographic work and consider how they relate to our career plans.  We were to look at our work, consider our strengths and weaknesses, experiences and interests and then identify the markets we want to work in.  Finally, where do we see ourselves in one, five and ten years.

I almost missed the deadline on this assignment and typed up some crap about the “fact” that I had no future in photography (or much of anything for that matter) and at that time I firmly believed that.  I re-wrote the assignment this morning with good, honest intentions.

Basically, over this year, I want to work hard on documenting my farm (because it is here and completely and readily available to me), not so much to market it but to market my skills as a documentary photographer/writer. I want to maintain my on-line journal without negative entries; to start keeping my negativity reasonably private (I will write it down in a private journal and share it with those closest to me). I do not think I can ever become a likable person, but I can be a respected person. I am going to put a sticky note on my computer screen in an attempt to keep the negativity out.

Sticky note installed.

In five years, I want to have been able to obtain at least one grant to do documentary work and I want to have my farm become so successful that people want to come here to see it and buy products.

In ten years … who knows.  I will be 64 in ten years and I am very much afraid our world may not be a very good place in ten years.  I hope I am wrong.

Until later …