Reub's journey

11 March 2011

Friday My Town Shoot-Out: Chaos

The idea of the My Town Shoot Out is to post photos of your community every Friday, and hopefully improve your photography skills. If you would like to see examples of this week's theme from other parts of the world, go here.

Photos taken in Corvallis, Oregon

I decided to spare you a photo of my closets, both here and at work. I'm not sure my selections are very chaotic, but they are my town, and they were taken this week, so here goes...

As is usual for this time of year, we have had a ton of rain. The streams are loaded with rushing water; this one looks like an angry deluge of tea with milk.

On a morning walk we discovered  a flock of sheep wandering where they shouldn't have been, so John and Eddy herded them back to their farm. Since neither John nor Ed have experience guiding sheep I thought that chaos might ensue, but no, as you see here, there was just mild confusion.

 One day this week we visited the OSU sheep barns to see the new lambs. I love these little guys! They are kind of chaotic when they play, but look how they lined up for a nap.

The shorn fleece did have a sense of unruliness, stuffed inside its big burlap sack.


  1. Lambs are so precious. I also love them if I come across them in the spring. I don't see them as often as you, obviously.

  2. love those sheep and the water looks like what we used to have in Kentucky when i was growing up. rushing and loud and very chaotic. the Red Barn flea market is where my chaos was found, we are in Bradenton Florida, 40 miles south of Tampa.
    love your dogs, they are gorgeous

  3. From what I've heard about herding sheep it can definately be your guys did a great job keeping it to mild confusion! I do know for sure that fleece in all it's raw stages and in processing to the fine wool is a chaotic mess...I like to get it ready to spin...that sometimes ends up an out of control mess, too...I'm a beginning spinner!
    Great photos!

  4. I laughed when I saw your herding sheep shot. I remember that sort of chaos so well, especially when I was doing the shepherding.

    Great selections!

  5. The new lambs are so cute! the closest I got to see so many sheep was when in New Zealand, we had to stop and give way to them on the way to Mt Cook. Coming from an urban country, such scenery really amused us.

  6. The lambs are darling and I'm sure they are capable of dynamite chaos! Love the photo of the sheep being herded back to safety too. Thank you so much for not showing us your closet. To be fair, I won't share mine either. :))

  7. Kerry - none of these photos are chaotic - sorry but they are are all beautiful and brought me to a sense of peace. Those sheep wanted to go home - and were thankful to the humans that showed them the way.... they knew they'd been bad.
    have a great week.

  8. They are all great for the theme. It is in the eye of the beholder after all. I wanted a flood photo too, my area has had it bad, but the rain never let up to allow me to get out there. I was not going too close to that chaos for sure. Great post.

  9. I grew up in Oregon. Eugene actually. Always a pleasure to come across a Blog from home. I remember the Spring Soaking very well. My Grandparents had sheep. Lambing time was intense. Herding dogs a must. Have you read Jon Katz? You might like his books.
    Enjoy that rushing messy water. I miss it.

  10. The baby lambs look so sweet. I bet the the sheep would be chaotic to have to deal with.

  11. All those sheep in a row. How cute.

  12. Dad and Eddy herding sheep? That thought just made my day. Love you guys.


  13. awwww, they are so cute!! I like how they lined up for a nap. now, walking down the street did look a little chaotic.


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