Tuesday, May 26, 2009

S is for Sheep in ABC Wednesday

We all think we know what a sheep is, but do we? Let's see what Wikipedia has to say about the subject:

Domestic sheep (Ovis aries) are quadrupedal, ruminant mammals typically kept as livestock. Like all ruminants, sheep are members of the order Artiodactyla, the even-toed ungulates. Although the name "sheep" applies to many species, in everyday usage it almost always refers to Ovis aries. Numbering a little over 1 billion, domestic sheep are the most numerous species in their genus.
Now, that should make it clear for all of us. Sheep come in many races. The one shown in the first three pictures is known as "Norwegian white sheep" and is a race that has been bred for certain qualities.

They come of course in all sizes.

Even as twins.

Like in all families, there are Black sheep. This is another race that has been bred in Norway and is called "Blæset sau". What that is in English I don't know.

The International aspect of this post is covered by these English sheep I found close by Hadrian's wall. I don't know which race this is either.


Today's post is an entry in the fourth round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.


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50 comments:

photowannabe said...

Sweet sheep. I had no idea there were so many types. Thanks for the great pictures and information.

Mara said...

I like your sheep, especially the lambs are very cute!

Gry said...

De er bare helt umulig å ikke stoppe opp når du ser disse skjønne små lammene!

Marie Reed said...

Disse sauene er vakker!

I'm going to start using my google translator so that I can learn a bit of Norweegian as I comment!

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

Hi RuneE.
Sheep are very nice animals you made them great looking, I love them for their warm wool.

Happy ABC mine is up too,
JoAnn from Holland

Anne said...

Utrolig flotte og søte de små..., og du ser, noen steder går det da jammen an at hvite og sorte går sammen og deler på maten uten bråk!!

Janie said...

Interesting to see the many types of sheep. The twins are very cute. Great photos!

Malyss said...

I already told you that I love lambs because I had to feed them when I was young and working in a farm. Your pictures show how lovely they can be, they are soft and mild beasts that always seem to be smiling.Except from the chiefs with horns, of course, but even them can be nice when you met them as babies.Each time I see lambs, I lose 30 years! so , thank you so much for this post Ü

Miss_Yves said...

Great pictures !And an historic Spot (last photo ...)
In Normandy, sheep are one of our speciality , especially in the fields of Mont Saint-Michel (manche) where they eat a kind of grass full of salt , because of the Sea.(moutons de pré salé)

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for the interesting post and the beautiful photos. When I was in England two years ago I heard that the sheep with the black heads were easier for lambing because their heads were smaller than those of the white sheep. But I don't know the name of this race. Thanks for your visit and kind comment.

Babooshka said...

You have managed to make these sheep look so adorable. Not an obvious choice and superb photography.

Phoenix C. said...

Lovely sheep! I'm quite close to Hadrian's Wall here, but don't know the name of those sheep ...

PERBS said...

The twins are my favorite! Of course, I am predjudiced because I am a twin also -- just not a sheep twin! Ü

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Flott post og fine bilde Rune. Bilde tre var ekstra, når den kommer "løpende mot deg", så flott blikk, rett på. Den ser nesten litt glad ut for å treffe på deg :)
Stort sett har jeg følelsen av at de springer motsatt vei når man skal ta bilde av dem.

Takk for hyggelige kommentarer hos meg :)

Sylvia K said...

Great shots! Great S word! And I love the sheep! Thanks as always for lovely photos and great information!

Dragonstar said...

I love the expression on the first sheep's face. Another great educational post from you. Mine won't be up until tomorrow.

Malyss said...

About your question: Gerry Mulligan. He played with Chet Baker during a long time.

Anna said...

A great choice for S. We were in the Lake District a couple of weeks ago and had great fun watching the young lambs race about :)

Deslilas said...

Smart sheep.

Anna said...

Back again - Rune I think that the breed of sheep in your last photo is the 'Northumberland Blackface.

Paula Scott said...

Love those sheep! Or, as my son used to say when he was little, "sheepies".

Mad Aunt Bernard said...

I love your blog, it's wonderful and I shall pop in again. I did a search on 'Blæset sau' and five sites came back with just sheep, and one came back with 'sheep blades'. I'd be interested if anyone finds anything different. Wonderful pictures!

imac said...

I see that you went on your knees then Rune,lol, to get these wonderful shots of SHEEP-s.lol.

Leslie: said...

If you look closely, it appears that sheep are always smiling a sweet, serene smile. Excellent post and I love your photos! :D

Cheffie-Mom said...

Awwwwwwww, I love how all of the sheep are smiling. (:

Abe Lincoln said...

I think sheep are nice. You did a great job taking pictures.

Rose said...

Here in the US we have many different varieties of sheep as well. My husband is the sheep expert, though, not I:) There's nothing quite as adorable as a lamb, is there? Thanks for sharing, and by the way, I enjoyed your odd shot of the bird yesterday. I'll never be a bird photographer either:)

imajica said...

Hello Norwegian sheep!!!:)
Happy ABC Wednesday!

p.s. great shots!

Dina said...

I love everything ovine but your sheep pictures are beautiful. And a big bonus for me is to see Hadrian's wall!

Anne said...

Picasa Rune!!! det bruker jeg ja, og det er kjemperealt. En bare må huske å laste inn bildene etterhvert som de skal takes vare på.
Jeg har for vane desverre å ta dette etappevis, og en stor del av mine bilder fra osloturen gikk dundas da jeg hadde litt data kræsj her for litt siden. Og atpåtil var det ikke min mnaskin, men bloggersystemet som ikke fungerte fant jeg da ut når jeg fikk lest meg litt rundt på kommentarene rundt om. Jeg trodde det var min bærbare og formaterte alt på nytt... :-(((

Uansett Picasa er råbra og har stor kapasitet. Jeg har jo blogget i 3 år nå, og i tillegg alle mine bilder der og ennå ligger jeg i underkant av å ha brukt en fjerdedel av kapasiteten.

Ackworth born said...

I'm going to have some Welsh spring lamb for lunch - i love mutton but it is a bit too fatty to enjoy too regularly.

Lara said...

absolutely cute! the little ones are phenonemal!

spacedlaw said...

What a bunch of cute frolicking creatures!

kadermo said...

Det var många flotta bilder. Dessvärre kommer jag sällan nära får och lamm numera.

Siw Aina said...

Hva kan man si, annet enn at disse bildene er griselekre, som alltid. Som den "vil gjerne bli bonde" jenta jeg er, så falt jo motivet godt i smak også :))

Anne-Berit said...

Har du sett så nydelige de er,sauer og små lam i skjønn forening.Flotte bilder som alltid!

Carol said...

I love seeing all these different sheep...the first is my favorite shot....and the lambs are so cute...

lv2scpbk said...

They are all so cute. I can almost feel the wool.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

nbot all sheep are the same - sheep in crete look much more scraggly

Wenche said...

Sauer er fine dyr, og på våren så er det ekstra flott med alle lamma. Har vore med på sauesanking ein gong, og det var ein opplevelse. Har vel aldri sett slike mengder med sau, verken før eller sidan. Og så fekk eg den flott fjellturen:)

Leni Qinan said...

These sweet twin lambs are almost huggable, haha. But my favourite is the black sheep, with the nice shades of grey and blue.

I'm a bit of a family black sheep too, (*laughs*)

Petunia said...

Her er kanskje noen du kjenner!
;)

VALKYRIEN said...

Fantastisk flott med nytt liv! Og slike lammunger er jo bare bedårende!

Kate said...

I'm sure that you are familiar with Blake's "Little Lamb", and I always think of his poem and lamb images when I see photos of sheep. Your snapshots are outstanding and the commentary is instructive. Thanks!

Jeni said...

If your ears were burning on Tuesday it was because I was telling the lady who was my typing teacher back in my high school days (yes, a couple of my "old" teachers are still around, believe it or not -this one is a very young, very spry, active 86!) about your blog. I know Norway and Sweden are different countries but yet, very similar and she is, like me, of Swedish ancestry, plus she is going to be going to Sweden the latter part of June too and knowing how she loves to see things "Scandinavian" I told her about your blog and have to send her the url for it and show her how to set up to "follow you" too! And I know she -like me -would just adore these sheep photos. So sweet, they are!

Tumblewords: said...

Neat sheep and commentary - I would not recognize a breed but know the 'black sheep' - :)

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I enjoyed these sheep photos and the information you provided. The lambs are so cute!

Roger Owen Green said...

I think of sheep in the sense of the Bible - Good Shepherd and all that - and it enhanced my viewing of the pictures.

Lynn said...

I like sheep, no matter what the breed or location. Very nice shots, Rune

Old Wom Tigley said...

Excellent pictures.. there really is something about lambs... they are so cute at this age.. but as soon as they get a bit olded all I see are chops and leg joints steaming hot with lots of veg.