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Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 15 May 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Fiona, her friend, Elena, Grammy Ellie and I went out to a friend's house this Spring for the lambing. This lamb had just been born that night.

The lambing made me think of Gerard Manley Hopkins poem, "Spring."

by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Nothing is so beautiful as spring—
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush's eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.
What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth's sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden. — Have, get, before it cloy,
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid's child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

"Spring" by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Canon PowerShot G11 1/60 second F/4.5 ISO 500 7 mm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

"Go on Missus, let us have a hold as well"!

15 May 2011 5:35am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Lovely shot....the girls look a bit like they don't quite know what to think about this little lambie-pie. :-)

15 May 2011 5:45am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Very touching, the children must be very happy of this scene

15 May 2011 5:46am

PATRICK from miramas, France

superb instant of life

15 May 2011 5:49am

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

This is a very cute scene and a nice candid capture!

15 May 2011 7:58am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

A very tender image! Fantastic!

15 May 2011 8:25am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Oh so cute:))

15 May 2011 9:42am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

A lovely composition to capture this touching scene, Jack. Ellie's cradling of the lamb is so tender; I think the girls are awestruck!

15 May 2011 11:38am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Very special experience, especially for children. Your G11 works very well.

15 May 2011 1:30pm

Pierre Joubert from Cape Town, South Africa

very nice capture of the moment, i like the expressions on the girls faces listening to Grammy

15 May 2011 2:52pm

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

awwww... this picture memorialized this fond moment for all 3 ladies! a very fine capture, John, thank you.

15 May 2011 3:07pm

Dutch from Neverwhere, United States

Ohh look at the sweet little baby!

15 May 2011 3:44pm

Frida from Sweden

What a precious moment.

15 May 2011 3:52pm

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Paraphrasing Hopkins "Nothing is so beautiful this instant!"

15 May 2011 5:43pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A superb image ... exciting ... beautiful and gentle animal that asks only love and tenderness! As Fiona has grown dear friend! This made ​​a lovely little lady! Gracia spor teach a beautiful family picture! Muchos besos y abrazos, para ti y toda tu familia... Adela

15 May 2011 5:45pm

Irene from L C, France

So lovely ! I love Ellie's attitude...

15 May 2011 6:33pm

franz from Baden, Austria

beautiful and fitting words, jack! and a very intimate capture (though the two girls appear a bit apprehensive! should we get any closer? should we touch it? ...)

15 May 2011 6:34pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lovely shot of the three girls and the lamb. A tender image.

15 May 2011 10:00pm

Jackie from Montréal, Canada

Very touching, a precious moment...

15 May 2011 11:41pm

Akaruiphoto from Kagoshima, Japan

Lovely shot and story photo with the little goat.

16 May 2011 12:09am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful tender moment of discovery Jack! Nicely captured! ;-)

16 May 2011 1:40am

Sam from Chennai, India

Lovely shot, so candid. Beautiful words add glory to this image ... Love it. :)

16 May 2011 2:45am

Zora Zoé Schmidt from Greifswald, Germany

Such a lovely shot :-)

16 May 2011 6:41am

klausZ from Kustein, Austria

it is so cute and fascinating to see little children with "baby" animals!

16 May 2011 10:23am

LauraS from Chico, United States

How precious is this? I love your choice of poem with the photo, Jack. Just delightful.

16 May 2011 8:12pm