I think Sheep and Goats are two of the most photogenic animals. No matter where I see them, I am drawn to them perhaps like nomads to Sheep and Goats. 😉 I find the mountain Sheep and Goats even prettier and their association with Nomads of various parts of India make them all the more interesting. I could spend hours just watching them graze relentlessly, bleat to warn and communicate and poop like nobody’s business and graze again. At the end of the session I come away feeling as if I have done hours of meditation.
While trekking around Indrahar pass, Himachal Pradesh I met several Gaddis, semi-nomadic shepherds of the region. I spent good time with them drinking tea made of goat milk and understanding their lifestyle and how their trade was coming to an end. I have another post coming up on them.
Whenever I had some free time on the trek, I took my Camera and book and followed the Sheep and Goats in the mountains. They were slightly annoyed with me initially and once a mamma sheep even warned me by thumping her hoof hard on the ground and pointing her head at me for getting too close to her lamb and another time I got head-butted for petting a sheep. But I’m not the “once butted twice shy” kind of a girl so I continue to go after them and then they realized I was as innocent as a lamb and accepted my presence. 😀
Here are some pictures I shot in the mountains.