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The new black

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 3 March 2016 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

The Canberra Show is a regional agricultural show and fair with many prize winners among different livestock and farm produce categories. Here you see two impressive champions. The Capital Region is world famous for its fine wool production.

These sheep do not have an idyllic snowy white fleece. In recent years there has been renewed interest in coloured sheep in varying shades of grey, brown and black. As the ABC Landline program reported: "The market for naturally coloured fleece is usually through the craft trade. Spinners, weavers, felters and home knitters like to get hold of wool that has not been artificially dyed and there has been a noticeable resurgence of interest in these old-time skills."

NIKON D750 1/800 second F/4.5 ISO 800 70 mm

franz from Baden, Austria

proud owners, stately sheep .... their fleece is indeed remarkable !!!

3 Mar 2016 11:02am

Devi from Chennai, India

She looks proud and jolly with her champions !!!!!

3 Mar 2016 11:15am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

a nicely sheepish shot :) well documented

3 Mar 2016 11:45am

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

THese sheep are so fluffy and cute!

3 Mar 2016 5:59pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Les gagnants avec les rubans colorés superbe vue.

3 Mar 2016 6:13pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifiques portraits victorieux !!!!... :))))

3 Mar 2016 6:26pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great capture of these champions and their owners!! How interesting to learn that they're able to color the fleece naturally!

3 Mar 2016 7:31pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Those sheep are beautiful! A fabulous image! The woman also has a gorgeous smile!

3 Mar 2016 7:41pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Some handsome beasts for sure. It's interesting how tastes change over time.

3 Mar 2016 10:32pm

Martine from France

Superbes concurrents !

4 Mar 2016 12:48am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Could we see one in a nice blue? ;-)

4 Mar 2016 4:43am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle photo des campions!!!

4 Mar 2016 9:34am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

oh beaux

4 Mar 2016 3:28pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Great capture of the event .

4 Mar 2016 3:48pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful composition & colors!

4 Mar 2016 9:52pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

They Look proud ! Very nice shot.

5 Mar 2016 11:19am

1/800 second
ISO 800
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