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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-09-12 06:18
Subject: [photos] New Zealand: Wairarapa Valley, with Sheep
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After passing through Featherston, Greytown and Martinborough, we headed on through the lower Wairarapa Valley toward Cape Palliser. The land there reminded me a fair amount of the Willamette Valley here in northwestern Oregon. Except with more sheep.

The lambs had been dropping in the day or so before we passed through there, some that day still slick and red-orange with afterbirth. Not all of them made it. We saw a fair number of dead lambs in the fields, though plenty more romping around in that surprised, morning-of-the-world way. We thanked the ewes for making us dinner.

I occupied myself in part by trying to get good photos of a lamb. This turned out to be a tad more difficult than expected, and resulted in me taking over one hundred pictures of sheep. (Which aren't really that intrinsically interesting.)

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Kowhai tree blossoms.

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In New Zealand, bus waits for you.

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A mail drop outside a sheep farm, for the leaving of large packages.

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A field of Dr. Seuss trees. (I did not note the species name, sadly.

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Ewe and lamb.

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The sheep go marching up the hill, hurrah, hurrah.

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Several hours later, marching down the same hill.

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High tailing it away from the camera.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

© 2010, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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threeoutside
User: threeoutside
Date: 2010-09-12 14:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Lovely and interesting photos, Jay! And the sheep made me laugh out loud. Good way to start the day. Thanks!
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2010-09-12 14:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It looks like a lovely place, but how on earth did you keep from falling off the planet?
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Jay Lake: signs-bad_English
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-09-12 15:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:signs-bad_English
I stood on my head the whole time so my feet were pointing down.

Edited at 2010-09-12 03:04 pm (UTC)
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fledgist
User: fledgist
Date: 2010-09-12 16:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Aha!
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Gary Emenitove
User: garyomaha
Date: 2010-09-12 17:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I wonder what our two Shetland Sheepdogs would do with all those sheep?
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2010-09-12 18:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Knowing your dogs, my first vote is "bark".
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madrobins
User: madrobins
Date: 2010-09-12 18:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Every time I see photos of lambs and sheep I am struck by their adorability. Sadly, in person, the adorable quotient goes down and the smell quotient goes up. Still: adorable (particularly the shot with Mama Sheep and stoic Baby).
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martianmooncrab
User: martianmooncrab
Date: 2010-09-12 20:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The lambs had been dropping in the day

Navigator to Bombadier...
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Milady
User: ladyjaneinlace
Date: 2010-09-12 23:09 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Dr. Seuss trees - that made me laugh!

Maybe they're cabbage trees? (did a little surfing for Australian trees out of curiosity)

Edited at 2010-09-12 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Msconduct
User: msconduct
Date: 2010-09-13 02:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
They are indeed cabbage trees, a much-beloved native of New Zealand (not Australia). If you have a cabbage tree in your garden you go around with a self-satisfied little smirk.
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Reynardo the Red
User: reynardo
Date: 2010-09-20 11:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And according to our guide for the LOTR tour in Wellington, the scenes of the beautiful "English Garden" style Isengard had a cabbage tree snuck into the background.
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Msconduct
User: msconduct
Date: 2010-09-20 12:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Tee hee! JRR would NOT have been impressed.
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