Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday Stills

Our challenge this week is eyes.

"Yep, ya read right eyes. Someone once said eyes were the window to the soul, lets find out."

I've been out at the "The Bluegrass" all weekend. This stock dog trial is one of the longest-running and most prestigious trials in the country and draws competitors and spectators from as far away as Alberta, Canada.



Meet Hemp, a very nice young dog from Alta-Pete Stockdogs.

Doesn't he look look nice?

He might not if you were a sheep.


Eyes are very important for a working Border Collie. Not only are they expected to use their eyes to look far off in the distance to locate their sheep, but they then use that "eye" to persuade those sheep to go, or stop, wherever the shepherd needs them.




I don't like the look in that lead sheep's eye. This picture is actually Lad, a kennel mate of Hemp, who qualified as one of the top 20 dogs and made the finals today. Way to go Jenny and Laddie!




Back to Hemp. That's a pretty persuasive eye, eh?




It was an honor to be reflected in "the mirror to his soul".



Graham Lamb, on the other hand, was not impressed.



How 'bout them movie star eyelashes? As always, click to biggify.

For more Sunday Stills (even though it's almost Monday)...

For Jenny's very fun farm blog....

For more trial stories and results...

17 comments:

Ed said...

Boy, you right about Hemps eyes, very cool.

Quinn said...

Great texture on the last shot - I want to bury my fingers in that fluff!

Alice said...

Wow! I would do whatever Hemp asked me! That is a very persuasive picture!

WhimsybyMari said...

Gosh what a beautiful dog who has very intense eyes. Aren't we glad our fair commonwealth is rain free for a few days?

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Lovely photos all...and I learned a few new things, too.

Have a great week,
Lisa

Dana and Daisy said...

he has that same look in his eye my Uncle Ellsworth used to get. He never had to say a word to make his point to us kids when we misbehaved. Just a look did the trick.

allhorsestuff said...

Oh, Love all you have here...the dog Hemp is fantastic how he looks for the direction..you CAN see it in his eyes!
Your sheep are sooo cute!!!
KacyK
Thanks for stoppin' by today!

theegggather said...

Great Eyes! I love the reflection in the one shot and those sweet little lambs just make me yearn for some of my own.

CTG Ponies said...

Excellent! Love the eyelashes on the last one.

Jen Mo said...

Love the sheep and the dog!!! Great job!

sista' moonshine said...

Love those lashes on that sheep. Those eyes of Hemp are amazing. I wonder what he was saying to those sheep to get him to look like that.

mudranch.com said...

That is one very intense looking Border Collie! I bet he's good at his job... Great pics!

Linda B. said...

Whew! if that dog tells me to move, I'll have to do it. His eyes are very commanding.

wollreflections said...

Thats way too cool! I like the reflection of yours, in his eyes.
Nivin

DayPhoto said...

That is really cool to see you reflected in the dogs eye. Really cool!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

Sarah said...

great photos of Hemp!!!!!!!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hemps eyes are amazing.. great series of eyes, I must have missed this one last week. Your blog is so interesting! I really enjoyed my time here! :)

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