watching you watching us by quietpurplehaze

watching you watching us

In addition to swans on the river and autumnal trees by the water, this little flock of sheep appeared on the far bank of the Itchen as we walked along the path with our friends.

They stood and stared and have reminded me of the poem of William Henry Davies:

'What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.'

Sam
Cutest sheep ever! I love the black knees! I do love that poem :) FAV
October 20th, 2015  
Soooo cute :) Fav
October 20th, 2015  
Great find!
October 20th, 2015  
lovely shot
October 20th, 2015  
Wonderful capture Hazel.
October 20th, 2015  
Gorgeous shot and I love the poem. The sheep have got very thick coats, I hope you aren't in for a bad winter.
October 20th, 2015  
@gigiflower

I like those black knees too, Sam!
October 20th, 2015  
@onewing

Oh dear, another sign to add to those I've heard already!
October 20th, 2015  
Are those Mary's lambs? LOL Great capture.
October 20th, 2015  
What a super capture.
October 20th, 2015  
bep
Great find, love the poem. Fav.
October 20th, 2015  
Oh, furry good!
October 20th, 2015  
Fat sheep too...lovely little group framed in the greenery.
October 20th, 2015  
Love the way they're clustered there. And thanks for reminding me of that lovely poem.
October 20th, 2015  
Love this Hazel Fav
October 20th, 2015  
@dolphin

The poem was read at a friend's humanist funeral.
October 20th, 2015  
Lovely capture even if they are giving you a sheepish look.
October 20th, 2015  
A beautiful capture of this nice sheep`s between the trees, I only see them on dykes and in meadows. Lovely poem. But my opinion is that nothing is that important or it can be done..... Tomorrow.
October 20th, 2015  
A beautiful capture they should know you next time Hazel -- Love the way they stand and stare and I also love that little poem . Love their black knees --I wonder if the saying having their hearts on their sleeves originates here --the black knees look somehow heart-shaped !!
October 20th, 2015  
Wonderful capture, details, composition
October 20th, 2015  
Super capture instant fav!
October 20th, 2015  
Wonderful capture and lovely sheep staring at you no wonder the poem came to mind. A long time since I read that great poem thank you for reminding me of the words .Fav.
October 20th, 2015  
Such pretty words and sheep - love them both.
October 20th, 2015  
Picture perfection
October 20th, 2015  
A really beautiful and gentle capture. How appropriate to include the poem :)
October 20th, 2015  
Great!!
October 21st, 2015  
Kim
I love this, Hazel!
October 21st, 2015  
Awesome picture. Congratulations on making the Trending Page and the PP. Well deserved.
October 21st, 2015  
@beryl

They do look rather heart shaped - hadn't noticed it till you mentioned it!
October 21st, 2015  
they are so sweet
fav
October 21st, 2015  
cute
October 21st, 2015  
Ha ha, love this one!
October 21st, 2015  
Lovely little group and well chosen words. Fav
October 22nd, 2015  
Love that poem and totally love this shot! fav
October 22nd, 2015  
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