For the Love of Sheep and Goats

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, 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 and smelling like a sheep myself.

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 followed the sheep and goats. They didn’t like me initially. Once a mamma sheep even warned me by thumping her hoof hard on the ground for getting too close to her lamb and another time I got head-butted for petting a lamb. 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 equally innocent or pain stupid and accepted me. 😀

Here are some pictures I shot in the mountains.

 

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