I've had this idea for a scrapbook series on the 23rd Psalm for my Praise Page Class at my LSS. This layout will be #1 in that series.
I've had the idea in my head for a while. I drive past this sheep ranch every time I go to town, but I didn't know the name of the owner.
This year, when the lambs started arriving, I hiked up my britches and decided to just do it. I pulled into the driveway, got out of my truck, and went looking for the owner to introduce myself. She was back behind the house, working in the barn. She's elderly - maybe in her 70's or so - her name is Ida, and she was the most lovely, most charming woman.
I explained who I was, and told her about my idea - A Shepherd and the 23rd Psalm. Then I kind of swallowed my heart and I asked her if it would be ok if I came over one day and took some photographs of the ewes and their lambs.
I told her "I don't want to bother these mommas. What I hope to do is just sit down in the pasture and let the photos happen." Well, Ida absolutely loved the idea and invited me to come any time.
We talked about the ewes in the front pasture - there are 7 or 8 of them. She said, "it's the craziest thing. Every one of those ewes has triplets this year. I put them up front so I could tend them a little closer, because a ewe only has two faucets. I gotta make sure the little runts get plenty to eat so they'll grow..." Boy does that fit right in with my "Lord is my shepherd" concept for this scrapbook.
I went the next day and took some prelim photos just to see how the sheep would react to me. Once they figured out that I was not bringing the dinner, they could have cared less. The lambs weren't really busy - mostly they just laid around in the grass - but there were a couple of really decent "money shots" that I know I'll be able to use.
I'll be going back again when I get a better idea of exactly which shots I want to take. I think that when I'm done teaching this project, I'll probably frame it and give it to Ida as thank-you gift.