Jacob Lamb


This photo was taken yesterday at my friend JP's farm in Durham Township. JP raises Jacob sheep, a rare breed in the United States. There are about a dozen lambs at JP's farm right now and they're almost unbearably cute. You can read more about the Jacob breed at the Jacob Sheep Breeder's Association site.

Camera settings and post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens at 170mm, ISO 400, f/3.2, shutter 1/1600s. Curves adjustments, color balancing, slight crop.

Thank you for visiting Durham Township!



Unbearably cute is an understatement! I can only imagine how it must have been to be around such sweetness--12 times over...wow. What a treat--for the eyes, heart, mind, and soul. Thanks for sharing--and you did.

Posted by Gator on April 11, 2008 1:19 AM

Very , very nice photo !!!

Posted by Marek.Kulikowski on April 11, 2008 1:57 AM


Posted by Tero on April 11, 2008 3:53 AM

I'm not sure how a lamb can have a quirky little smile, but this one sure does!

Posted by Jesse on April 11, 2008 4:16 AM

Adorable! I'm glad to learn about Jacob sheep.

Posted by Anita Bower on April 11, 2008 7:15 AM

It's the perfect smoothness. Or maybe softness. The girl's skin. Her sweatshirt (I bet it smells like home). And then this fluffy little thing she holds in her arms. I love it.

Posted by Marta on April 11, 2008 8:45 AM

It's a hand puppet, right? (anyone remember Lamb Chop.....Shari Lewis?.......Milton Beryl?.....Red Skelton?.....Dan Rather?......)

The pygmy goat
still gets my vote!
Although this kid just might
be cuter than that
if this kid just had
a concrete finishers' hat.

Well, Kathleen, your coffee table photography book will certianly have a chapter entitled "The Most Absolutely Cutest Pictures Ever Taken......Ever!" (An alternative title: The Collective Cuteness!")

must add,
"nice hair,"
as the young lady
is definitely
the more charming
of this pair!

Posted by david tinnon on April 11, 2008 11:14 AM

Great photo, Kathleen! The focus is spot on, the lamb is really cute and the way it looks straight into the camera is cool. And the DOF is amazing. I have to buy the 5D asap!

Posted by Kjetil on April 11, 2008 12:24 PM

This is so very sweet. I want one of those little darlings! They look irresistible!

Posted by Laurie on April 11, 2008 1:19 PM

I don't usually go for the "cute" but this gets even me!

Posted by Gerald on April 11, 2008 2:03 PM

Little lamb in her arms,
Cute as a button.
From farm to freezer
On our table as mutton.

(Years ago we made the mistake of naming a calf that we raised. When it landed on the table as dinner none of us wanted to eat it!)

Posted by JPH on April 11, 2008 4:42 PM

Your best Portrait!

Posted by Antonio Sarasua on April 11, 2008 6:40 PM

could this be any sweeter?! love both expressions, and how the ear and ponytail balance each other out. so lovely! :)))

Posted by kayt on April 11, 2008 8:49 PM

superb...what a lovely bokeh !!

Posted by Parvinder on April 12, 2008 10:37 AM

AWE, this is SO cute! I can't help but happily giggle when I see this picture. It totally made my day (:

Posted by sage on April 13, 2008 4:42 PM


I came through a link from Instapundit.com and spent the last hour or so wandering through the last three years of your postings. A hardy thank-you. In fact, many: thanks for the memories of Grandpa's farm in eastern Washington 50 years ago; thanks for rekindling the joy of photography from one who got tired of shooting product pix for 18 years; thanks for the absolutely wonderful portraits of very interesting people . . . and the places . . . and the lighting . . . and the visual textures/shapes.

In short, well too late for that, thanks for the making my Sunday evening very enjoyable. I will be back.

Posted by Dave on April 14, 2008 12:50 AM

Loved the lamb picture. Having been raised on a sheep farm in Iowa the picture brought back many happy memories for me. Kathleen, you are a very gifted photographer. I look forward to visitng your site more often.

Posted by Margaret Kolck on April 15, 2008 3:24 PM

How cute! Great angle (on both the subjects).

Posted by Ryan R. on April 16, 2008 1:06 AM

sweet girl
very nice photo

Posted by Homa on April 16, 2008 3:06 AM

Oh my!!
How can anyone see this and continue to eat lamb?
gorgeous photo.
The lamb is by far the cutest for me.

Posted by ruka on April 16, 2008 10:03 AM

Oh my! This is TOO cute!

Posted by Evi on April 18, 2008 5:09 PM

i instantly feel in love with this. i love the girl's tender expression and the lamb's curious look. it's amazing! :)

i want to cuddle the lamb, too :)

great work!

Posted by feb on April 28, 2008 6:38 PM

that lamb is grinning at me. someone stop him. lol

Posted by cohnsey on April 30, 2008 1:51 AM

well gosh, that is adorable.

Posted by matt on May 6, 2008 12:42 PM
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