Friday, July 10, 2009

Sheep of Gansu

The varying shades of green makes the evening walk outside the school after dinner really enjoyable.

We encountered flocks of sheep. It is actually illegal to let your sheep graze the grass on the roadside. Hence the shepherd was a bit apprehensive when we started taking photographs. But we assured him that we were visitors from the south; and found them interesting because we didn't often see sheep.

They are raised for meat rather than fur. Each takes about 8 months to be ready for the market and fletches about 400 RMB. They seemed oblivious of me until about 2 feet away. Encountering an unmovable object (me), they simply turned the other direction.

The year-old ram eyed me suspiciously.

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