I is for Island, namely Terschelling. We spent the last 4 days there and I’ve already blogged about it a bit here. This photo is special though. It’s for the iContest for the ABC-Along 2008. Why should this photo win?
It was taken on an island and actually represents quite a few aspects of this island. There’s the lamb, and there are certainly a lot of sheep and lambs on Terschelling. The lamb is standing on top of the dike that runs along the southern edge of the island. The dike keeps the island from washing away. The lamb is looking down into a field that is filled with migrating geese. They are only a small part of the bird life on this island. You can never escape the sound of sea birds calling or geese honking! Also in the distance is a farm house (for the sheep of course) a bit of forest (pine trees are found in planted pockets around the island) and on the right top of the photo, the hint of a dune. The northern half of the island is made up of sand dunes, mostly covered in grasses, but also some covered in cranberry bushes. Terschelling is famous for cranberries and any food you can think of made from them.
But why else is this a winning photo? The lamb is kind of an island himself standing there, looking out. Normally they stick together and don’t stray far from Mom, or their siblings. This lamb was an island, if only for a little while.
And where would we knitters be without sheep? This little lamb provides us with the stuff of imagination, warmth, and at one time real survival. I imagine some early human communities could thank sheep for their very existence. Me, I’m very thankful for sheep, and green fields, sand dunes, sunshine and islands to escape to.