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You Can't Walk on One Leg

If you want to know what THAT'S about, please see my post at Vision & Verb today.

Baa-Baa Black Sheep lives off the side of a rural road here in Holland.

You Can't Walk on One Leg

If you want to know what THAT'S about, please see my post at Vision & Verb today.

Baa-Baa Black Sheep lives off the side of a rural road here in Holland.

comments (59)

Your V and V post isn't up yet, but I like Mr/Ms Black Sheep. An autobiographical statement, perhaps? smile
Ginnie Hart: I hate it that the V&V page doesn't turn at the same time as SC, but it is as it is, Larry. And most astute comment about the autobiographical statement! I never once thought of that, but I think you're right...even though it has nothing to do with the title. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Mar 2010, 01:18
I don't much like sheep, Ginnie, but have to admit there is considerable charm in this image of one.
Ginnie Hart: What a surprising revelation about you, Ray. I can't imagine you not liking anything. smile I'm glad you find charm in this sheep. To say someone is the black sheep of the family does give more meaning to this image, right?
  • rian
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2010, 03:34
yep, i guess it's not up yet.. i'll check it out later.. grin
Ginnie Hart: Too bad V&V doesn't turn its page the same time as SC, Rian. Oh well. Thanks for trying. You'll get a kick out of what the saying means. smile
  • martie
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2010, 04:21
It almost looks as if this sheep is getting ready to bow. Like your DOF in this photo! (I too am looking forward to reading your contribution to V&V)
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Martie. You'll get a kick outta this Dutch idiom. It still brings a smile to my face.
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2010, 04:49
A beautiful image, Ginnie. I've always like the black ones best.
Ginnie Hart: I don't see many black sheep, Sherri, which is probably why we have the expression about one's being the black sheep of the family. When I see them, I like them, too.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Mar 2010, 05:52
A wonderful picture, taken from the car...., great DOF and colours.
Op één been kan je niet lopen.
It is a Dutch saying.
The first time I said it to you, you had to think hard, but it makes sense, doesn't it gringrin
Ginnie Hart: He/she was nice and close by the side of the country road, Astrid, which made for an easy camera click. I love your Dutch sayings and am starting to write them all down, as you know. This one in particular is very special to me. smile Hartstikke bedankt.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 25 Mar 2010, 06:24
You have to know that l will never get that expression out of my head now Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: I will never get it out of my head either, Tony. It's a priceless saying. smile
in this one i appreciate depth and lovely delicate background, nice day Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Grazie, Fabrizio. I could almost reach out and touch him, that's how close he was to the car as we drove by.
A great story, spontaneous acts like that are very heartwarming
Ginnie Hart: I agree, Bill. We'll never forget it. Thanks.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2010, 07:28
Lovely work. Thanks for commenting on my blog.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Kanyi, and you're more than welcome!
  • Oscar
  • France
  • 25 Mar 2010, 07:47
impressionant eye.

Que pasada
Ginnie Hart: Gracias, Oscar.
What a lovely woolly-boolly.
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Paul. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 Mar 2010, 07:55
It may not have a name Ginnie but it has the number 42

Forty-two is an abundant number; its factorization 2 · 3 · 7 makes it the second sphenic number and also the second of the form { 2 · 3 · r }. As with all sphenic numbers of this form, the aliquot sum is abundant by 12. 42 is also the second sphenic number to be bracketed by twin primes; 30 also rests between two primes. 42 has a 14 member aliquot sequence 42, 54, 66, 78, 90, 144, 259, 45, 33, 15, 9, 4, 3, 1, 0 and is itself part of the aliquot sequence commencing with the first sphenic number 30. Further, 42 is the 10th member of the 3-aliquot tree.

42 is the product of the first three terms of Sylvester's sequence; like the first five such numbers it is also a primary pseudoperfect number.

It is the sum of the totient function for the first eleven integers.

It is a Catalan number. Consequently; 42 is the number of noncrossing partitions of a set of five elements, the number of triangulations of a heptagon, the number of rooted ordered binary trees with six leaves, the number of ways in which five pairs of nested parentheses can be arranged, etc.

It is the reciprocal of a Bernoulli number.

It is conjectured to be the scaling factor in the leading order term of the "sixth moment of the Riemann zeta function". Or at least that's what Mr Evans says
Ginnie Hart: OMG, Chris. If it weren't for you, I'd be totally lost! Thanks for such a big smile today. grin
Nice photo. Thanks for the V&V link, Ginnie. Very interesting - both your blog and the whole site.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sheila, for stopping by and commenting...and checking out V&V. That means the world to me.
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Mar 2010, 08:08
the whole image looks as if it has been knitted on an industrial machine
Ginnie Hart: LOL, JIM. Only you would think of that!
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Mar 2010, 08:08
and you have made the turf look as if it were carpet
Ginnie Hart: Sheep love carpets, JIM, as long as they can eat them, too! smile
Just to add to Chris's answer, 42 is also the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe and Everything! So by association this sheep is the answer. And he looks content grazing away so perhaps should all be so as well.

I did enjoy your posts as well, I do like words and language as well but hate the way it is continually diminished these days, I suppose I would be a founder member of the word police if they were to exist.
Ginnie Hart: Between you and Chris, I'm getting an earful, Les! grin Thanks for checking out my posts. Words are so useful and helpful, if we can just put them in the right order and place. If you're a Gemini like I am, they are more important than ever!
The black sheep of the family
Ginnie Hart: Precies, Chantal.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Mar 2010, 08:54
He looks straight out of a nursery rhyme. He's doing a good job with the lawn!
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Ingrid. Baaa-baaa black sheep, have you any wool. I was trying to remember the whole song for Astrid in the car. It makes me laugh thinking about it. smile
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 25 Mar 2010, 09:05
Superb image with a very good framing. Have a lovely day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, kind sir.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Mar 2010, 09:18
I was dying to give you all my #42 facts as well, but I see I have been beaten to it by Chris and Les - Something about early birds and worms comes to mind ;o)

I also note you took the photo from a car window (Astrid) so top marks for composition with the sheep perfectly placed to break the horizon.
Ginnie Hart: I must say I have gotten my education today, Mike, about the number 42. The things i learn by posting very simple, uncomplicated images. HA! grin

And yes, I try to take some pics from the car window when Astrid pulls over so that I don't upset the apple cart, so to speak. I was lucky with this shot because the composition was all right there. Thanks, Mike.
What a brilliant site that is V&V, I just tweeted it, and quite frankly, would love to participate!!
Need an Irish contributor?? grin

What fascinates me about sheep are the eyes, they look scary all the time, stripes instead of pupils, yellow, scary. It has been a good while that I have seen Dutch sheep, they always look so much more cultivated than Irish sheep.

The story that goes with this picture is brilliant!!

Reading your story was enchanting Ginnie, so glad you have found happiness!!!

Big hugs, Marion
Ginnie Hart: You are such a sweetheart, Marion. Thank you. And here I thought Marion was a man's name. smile Tell me I'm wrong? I actually think I first learned to love sheep when I visited Ireland in the late 80's. To live now in a country where I can see them often is very soulful to me.

The V&V site came to me via invitation, Marion, so I will have to simply pass on your interest to the administrators. You never know! smile
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 25 Mar 2010, 10:02
No you would have to hop
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Vintage. Not too conducive to getting from here to there. smile
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 25 Mar 2010, 10:13
awww he's got white eyes, what a perfect picture ginnie!!!
Ginnie Hart: Awwww, I know, Elaine. And thank you so kindly.
  • Theys
  • Belgium
  • 25 Mar 2010, 10:15
A beautiful image, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Roland.
This is a charming capture Ginnie! Well done.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Richard.
  • spark
  • Australia
  • 25 Mar 2010, 11:12
Can't help but enjoy the feast we have in photography; visual, auditory, olfactory (in a memory sense), gastrognomic (ok so some of those rich coloured shots make me hungry). It is a "feeding frenzy" Ginnie which is why I'm loving SC, with all these images and ideas. Every day I can feel the right side of my brain being resuscitated. Sometimes I enjoy the titles as much as the pictures, indeed language is as good as a chorus....and this sheep camouflages himself well, not a sheep DOF in sight grin
Ginnie Hart: Your words are deeply humbling, Spark, for which I thank you. I feel the same way about SC. It's my best family on most days! smile
Nice one Ginnie. It could also be used if you want seconds and saying you can't walk on one leg. Baa baa looks like a little character.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I never thought about it from that perspective, Janet. I'll have to see if Astrid agrees. grin Thanks.
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2010, 12:09
Cool shot of the Black sheep. nice tones, and interesting the read the story behind the title, does make one want to go out and do a random act of kindness
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, JJ. Not a bad idea at all. smile
Loved reading your story on V&V, Ginnie, and this black sheep photo takes the cake. Beautiful soft tone & colors.

By the way, my mother's name was Marion.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for reading the piece, Beverly. That means a lot. So now I know that Marion is also a woman's name. smile
Nice tones and good dof.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Laurens!
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2010, 12:30
Such a wonderful 'teaser'...leading us right to your beautiful words!!!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Marcie. Thank you.
  • Esther
  • Malaysia
  • 25 Mar 2010, 12:32
I love your story on V & V, Ginnie. And THIS is one CUTE sheep! You make him look cuddly!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Esther. His wool is definitely...woolly. smile
What a sweet shot Ginnie...I like the tones/color.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Sharon!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Toni.
Just superb Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Linda.
  • alex
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2010, 13:29
Baah Baah Black Sheep, Ginnie. Loved your V & V post (first time I'd heard about that site!), and though I know some of your story from Shutterchance, it was awesome to read it in more depth at V & V. Thank you!
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Alex. It's been a fun site to be part of. Thanks for taking a look over there!
  • hoi
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2010, 13:45
That sheep looks intense. Look at his crazy eye.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Hoi. I still don't get it! grin
There's so much of interest in your post today Ginnie, first the picture of the black sheep, I haven't seen many either. Then your V.& V., what a great story and how kind the people near you seem to be, I guess you are starting to feel well at home in Holland already. Astrid mentioned seeing this from the window of the car and of course you are now independantly mobile now so I guess weekend outings are on the cards for the summer to come, and finally your answer to Flash & Fair, my mum was a Marion, I have always liked it as a name, I just can't imagine giving it to a boy though although I know you do in the States.
Ginnie Hart: We have made two weekend outings in our new Granny Towanda (Granny Smith apple green) little car, Brian. Assuming it's not raining when we wake up tomorrow, we'll have our third. Astrid is so like a little girl in the candy shop when she gets behind the wheel. And I'm in heaven to see everything I can while driving through rural Holland. This sheep was grazing along the side of the road two weekends ago and all I needed to do was roll down my window for the shot. Lucky me. Astrid does well in stopping when I spot something, if/when she can. Usually we're out in the middle of nowhere, so it doesn't matter. And yes, I'm now learning that Marion is also a woman's name. smile Thank you for your delightful comment, as always.
My neighbour, who is now in a nursing home, had raised sheep. I helped him with all things medical and really miss working with them. My other neighbour has lambs and I've not been to see them yet. I featured his lambs last year.
Ginnie Hart: The sheep are like the windmills for me, Mary...so soulful. I can never get too much of them. smile Sounds like maybe you are the same?!
Greek cafe around the corner, free wine and if there is lamb on the menu ---- make the spare bed up.Now setting of on push bike, see you soon i hope.
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I love it, Mick. It doesn't take much, does it! grin
Lovely tones again, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Tom.
  • Andy
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2010, 16:04
Beautiful animal. Looks like he is really focusing on his food!
Ginnie Hart: Shaving it clean, Andy! smile Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Mar 2010, 17:45
I enjoyed reading your writing- wat voor een lief gedrag van de Griekse mensen! echt gezellig!- and I like your picture: no woolwhite sheep, no black sheep but a brown sheep with black legs and white patches on his face- a rarity I assume! As you know I'm very interested in language and in particular in idioms/ phrase/images... Fine that Astrid noticed the Dutch words: Op één been kan je niet lopen! We don't know this phrase in German, but another one: " fest auf zwei Beinen stehen", this means: to be a realist and a powerful, stable person in order to manage the life - like you both! What is the red thing hanging down near the neck? An insect or a leaf?
Ginnie Hart: You and my mom would get along great, Philine. She's even "worse" than I am when it comes to the love of language. In fact, I think I went into it in college more for her than for me! And yes, by now you know that the red thing is a tag marker on the sheep. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Mar 2010, 17:54
Oh, sorry, now I read the other comments and recognize the nr. 42(OMG, three genious mathematicians and 42 normal persons or sheep but also sheep are not so stupid as they are told to be! I'm just nr.45 on your blog today!)! A bit strange and maybe, a little disturbing while grazing, isn't it? - if I were a sheep!
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Philine. #45. I wonder what mathematical genius there is behind THAT number! I sure got my education on #42!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Mar 2010, 17:58
Marion is a well-known name in Germany - only for girls- Mario only for boys!
Ginnie Hart: I am finding out how that name is quite ambidextrous, Philine! smile
  • chad
  • wherever I hang my mask.
  • 25 Mar 2010, 18:10
The black sheep of the family or one of many Ginnie?
Ginnie Hart: Actually, I think there were 3 of us in our family of 8 kids, Chad. smile
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 25 Mar 2010, 19:27
great portrait of the sheep here and i really like the shallow DOF.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Liang.
Great image Ginnie..He/she looks so well kept!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, Ron. He/she has the whole world in which to graze, it appears. Thanks.
this is one bad dude sheep
Ginnie Hart: I would have to agree, Derek. smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 25 Mar 2010, 21:35
I loved the idiom Ginnie. I like sayings and idioms and use them frequently. I like the black sheep's the best ;-)
Ginnie Hart: Language is so awesome, Frida. Can't live with it, can't live without it. grin Thanks.
  • Cherise
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Mar 2010, 22:34
I've enjoyed reading your post on V&V, Ginnie. Coming from an island where the majority speaks 4 languages simultaneously, I've really grown to appreciate idioms as well. It's funny cause sometimes we use different idioms from different languages in one sentence. Whenever a dutch person hears me talking to my sister they always want to know what language we're speaking because they can pick up some dutch words, some english and some spanish but they can't quite put it together. I hope you keep posting smile
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhh, I would love to hear that, Cherise. Spanish is my second best language but soon I hope it will be Dutch. When I know I'm supposed to say something NOT in English but don't know the Dutch word, I'll say it in Spanish. HA! I want to make sure she knows I'm trying. grin
  • jude iron maiden
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Mar 2010, 23:06
G and A
re V and V

may you two never have to walk on one leg again
Ginnie Hart: You are such a total sweetheart, JIM!
Marion is used for both sexes Ginnie. John Wayne was a Marion. But Marion Cottilard is also a Marion, and very much female. I guess it depends, in the USA the name is usually for guys, in Europe usually for girls.

I am proud to be a Marion. My mom told me she named me this for it is originally from France, and she loves France. So do I. But I love Ireland more. (And Holland of course)
Ginnie Hart: As we often say, Marion, we learn something new every day. And I should have remembered Marion Cottilard! What a fabulous rendition she did of the Edith Pilaf character! Please tell me your age (which I do hope you don't mind doing) in a follow-up e-mail. You know why....
I have sent you an email back!!
Ginnie Hart: Received! smile
  • jess
  • USA
  • 26 Mar 2010, 16:26
Adages, old saying, whatever you want to call them, have always stirred my curiosity as well. And you can't just have one sheep! They're just too cute. smile

I love your choice of tone and the depth of field. Feels like a sheep's eternal paradise.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jess. Language is incredible when you think about it!
  • Diane
  • Canada
  • 27 Mar 2010, 15:53
This is a spectacular image. Great work; well done. I feel as though I could reach out and touch this sheep.
Ginnie Hart: And to think he was grazing there at the side of the road, Diane! It was a wonder to behold for me. smile Thanks for your comment.
  • Toni
  • United States
  • 29 Mar 2010, 04:40
Have you any wool? Yes, sir, yes sir, three bags full. I like black sheep - they seem so rebellious out in the middle of a bunch of white sheep. "They" say there is one black sheep in the herd for every one hundred white ones, which makes it easy for the shepherds to count their sheep. Whether that's true or not, I have no idea. Great capture.
Ginnie Hart: LOL, Toni. While we were out-n-about this past Saturday, we saw several black sheep even clumped together, which surprised us. We spotted them everywhere we went. It reminds me of when you buy a car you think is unique, suddenly you see it everywhere. grin Thanks for back-tracking, BTW.
  • george
  • Ireland
  • 2 Apr 2010, 23:39
I saw a field of (25) black sheep last week - I can only guess it was a sheep refuge for those lonesome animals kicked out by their families! And they were all so cute - just like yours.
Ginnie Hart: It's funny, George, because we were out-n-about the following Saturday and saw several black sheep in groups of 3 or more almost everywhere we went. Couldn't help but laugh! grin

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