First Time I Herd

They Do Dream
of Multicolor Sheep

These sheep are real. Well, almost. Photographer Gray Malin dreamed of a full flock standing out and, what else? being counted. So he painted them with a non-toxic, washable pigment. The result? Not since Pink Floyd‘s famed album cover with a cow, a herd looked that psychedelic.
He didn’t have to go back to the 1970s. His inspiration was the ‘work’ of Scottish farmer John Heard (we’re not making this up) who, tired of having his sheep stolen so often, opted for painting them orange, so to be easier to spot. It was an instant knockout and it worked.
There’s some mumbo-jumbo about sheep being shy just like people, or something to that effect, behind the Aussie’s whimsical Dream Series. But the bottom line is that its proceeds will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which funds treatment for life-threatening conditions in children, so it’s all good.
Only thing is, parents may not recommend using the series to put kids to snooze. After all, much of what sends the little ones straight to Slumberland is the mesmerizing power sheep have to blend seamlessly into the background. Not with the colors, they will not. In fact it may be all too intense, since, well, you got the idea.
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Herd Through the Grapevine

Colorful Solution
For Lamb Robbery

Sheep theft in England has become so serious that farmers are being forced to come up with ever more creative ways to ward off thieves.
After seeing his livestock rapidly declining, and everything else to prevent it failing, Okehampton, Devon, farmer John Heard decided to go for broke: he painted his sheep orange!
His rationale is plain and simple: the bright hue of orange is so distinguished that robbers will think twice before stealing them. And it seems to be working: after having lost Continue reading