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What, NO Sheep!!

What, NO Sheep!!
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-01
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron AF28-300 XR
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: North via the West and East Coasts
Theme(s): New Zealand Scenes [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-02 5:44
Viewed: 3045
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Points: 78
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What an Eye-sore!

Now after seeing Dawn’s photo Think of New Zealand and . . ., showing the countryside full of sheep, I searched for a similar shot. And this is what I found.

This is ‘up north’. Here you can see some of the beautiful countryside above Whangarei, east of Hikurangi on the way to Whananaki on the east coast, and below the Bay of Islands. . .

But what are those green things???

Not so long ago farmers used small rectangle hay bales as preferred supplement for livestock. Reasons given included ease of feeding, transportability, suitability for cattle, warm feed in snow, less wastage during feeding.

But now we have these large plastic covered hay bales all over the paddocks.

Those square hay bales once seen scattered over fields around New Zealand have given way to large bales of hay wrapped in blue or green polythene. Farmers now take what they need for their stock and then close up the bale. Looking like large unnaturally green powder puffs, they appear out of place against the green hills.

Quite an eye-sore, I think!!

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Great use of the greens in the field. The dark blue sky and cloud with patches of shade on the ground adds to a warm summer day feeling.

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  • Karey Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 73 W: 14 N: 67] (779)
  • [2006-07-02 5:59]

Haha, very true. Maybe they are in a shed with heaters! Nice landscape Janice, I like the way the shadows work in this, make it very 3 dimensional. It was a fun night the other night, next time it's your's and my night for the honours!! Cheers, Karey

hi janice!
excellent shot, it's a fantastic.
i like it
wonderful colors, composition and sharpness.
my compliment for very beautiful photo.

Great landscape ... nice composition and colour, and such a typical sky for those parts.
Beautiful work as always.

A\This is a wunderfull sharp and clean country shot
Janice. One as we expect to see from you! The dphth is good.. the various green colours and the blue sky!
B\ Sheep ? Well Jan.. they are here .. the same sheep
as we did see in Dawn's shot.. only here they all lyingon the ground rolled-up after the visit of a (Dutch)shheerer ^_^
Compliments and bye

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2006-07-02 6:22]

Love those clouds, love those green fields.. this must be New Zealand of course!.. but wait no SHEEP ! are your 12 hiding behind the hay bales Janice... LOL..

These are to save the farmer time I think..he doesnt have to lug it out of the hayshed or pack it into the hayshed.. its there ready.. just have to unzip it I supose.. Im sure its got a zip on it???? lol..Im just wondering what happens to the plastic afterwards.. dumped into a landfill !?..of course not its recycled!

Beautifil photo Jancie, nice an sharp too.

Well Done...
Cheers Dawn.

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  • lucbus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1809 W: 92 N: 1864] (10358)
  • [2006-07-02 6:58]

Hi Janice.
What have you done to these sheeps... I'm sure you ask John to give them an haircut and now we cannot recognized them anymore. :)) loll
Very nice photo with a superb sky.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 114 N: 2985] (16653)
  • [2006-07-02 7:19]

Lol.... yeah, no sheep all right... but lots of bales! hehehehe... it look great my friend, well spot! I especially like how the grass divided into two different colours... it look excellent my friend, thanks for sharing. :)

What a perfect Landscape! Breathtaking one! Fantastic POV you achieved, A very nice composition beside nice and warm colors.

COngrats Janice!

Perfect Landscape.

Those green balls look very out of place. I love the greens and the light.The clouds add a bit of a dramatic feeling.

Hi Janice
Perfect capture. I like colours. Very nice clouds.
Well done.


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  • Tim Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 18 N: 240] (1139)
  • [2006-07-02 11:03]


Beautiful despite the plastic on the hay. I just noticed for the first time that these are being used on some farms here in Washington State. I agree that they don't look as nice. It just kind of loses that nostalgic, farmland kind of appearance some. Anyway, God's best to you always,


beautiful photograph
that carried through,
good color
and good work.

José Lopes

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  • lukdm Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 332 W: 3 N: 21] (1350)
  • [2006-07-02 12:51]

great view and shot janice

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  • sign Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 51 W: 0 N: 118] (823)
  • [2006-07-02 14:10]

Hi Janice,
that´s typically NZ. Lots of green! I miss it!
I love your picture, even you left the sheeps somewhere else...
Great colours!

Hi Janice,

I can't picture New Zealand without sheep, it seems so un-natural!! :))
Still great POV, vivid colours and a fantastic sky!!
Well done!


Lovely landscape Janice!
Those colours, such as the idea, is great!


How can that be? What do you mean "No sheep"?
Lovely calming mood a realxing green under a lovely sky.

Great shot Janice. Very effective with the various shades of green stepping back into the scene. The clouds give it the final touch.
Well done.

Outstanding!that clouds are awesome,beautiful scenery...

Hi Janice,

They can look quite ugly especially when left in the paddocks too long, very attractive when lined up or stacked though. Good rural scene, excellent colours and well presented. TFS,

Very eye-pleasuring scenery Janice. You took it with great composition. Strong colors are amazing too!

I want sheeps.!

Hi Janice,

beautiful landscape, so peaceful scenery...well done!

Take care, Ivana

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  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2006-07-04 6:14]

Wonderful compo and superb colours, Janice. Very well done.

stay well,

How nice this is
All others explained that all ready

Janice, es evidente que tu país es una preciosidad, estoy deseando visitarlo, em han contado tantas cosas que está entre mis proridades, ahora sólo falta encontrar el momento adecuado y mucho se debe a ver tus fotos.

Hello Janice,

Somehow I missed this. The clouds are quite lovely along with the beautiful greens. Superb clarity.

Best wishes,

Wow! We must still be in the dark ages when it comes to feeding the live stock...you still see the 'normal' bales of hay here, they aren't square but big coils of hay.
Wonderful vivid landscape, great lighting giving different textures and shades to the scene, crisp images and very colorful! TFS,

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2006-07-08 16:20]

Hi Janice,
Perfect Landscape, superb colours.

hi Janice,
excellent photo. Nice clear image, great POV and feeling of distance. Well done

Hello Janice,
Nice to hear and see from you on TL.
You must be joking - this is not New Zealand -without a sinlge sheep never!
Whereever it is I like the pattern and different shades of green together with a perfect sky. TFS Thomas

Hi Janice,
Those puffy clouds do it for me. That ofcourse in combination with the beautiful colored land. The different colors of green are beautiful and the sun is bring out the best in it. I realy love the depth in this photo.

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2006-07-22 0:02]

Beautiful landscape shot with great colors, details & sharpness with no sheep :)
Well done.

Hi Janice
Beautiful shot of landscape, i love the colors and composition very much.
But aren't those square sheeps ?

Beautifull nature... beautifull work!
Idealistic and peacefull :)
Great One!

Iv / JAZZer

Here in Canada these bales are white and they covered a lot of fields too.
Nice field shot and take more like it. This is a beautiful photo.


marc Labbe

What a perfect blue puffy clouded sky! I just saw fields of these on our trip last weekend only they were white, we joked that we'd finally found out where they grow marshmallows!! Very nice photo Janice.

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