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Today’s photos are from May 14, 2015. Please click here for more details.
|Finally, after waiting patiently we got a good shot of this pair of cows, most likely a mom and baby.|
|The island we encountered during the drive to Clifden.|
|From African wildlife to barnyard animals, we’ve found a degree of contentment especially when they are as cute as these two cows, huddled together to stay warm on a chilly morning.|
|Sheep are marked with paint as described here: “Farmers “paint” their sheep for identification. Frequently, you’ll notice large pastures blanketed in green grass and dotted with sheep. Typically, these pastures are enclosed by stone walls or wire fences and are shared by multiple farmers. When it comes time to claim ownership of the animals roaming around hundreds of acres, a customized painted sheep is easy to identify. Also, during the mating season, the male ram will be fitted with a bag of dye around its neck and chest. When mating, the ram mounts the ewe and a bit of dye is deposited on the ewe’s upper back. This way, the farmer knows which ewes have been impregnated and moves them on to another field away from the ram.”|
|We’ve seen these three burros. “The only real difference between a donkey and a burro is their domestication status. A donkey is domesticated, a burro is wild. Other than that, there is no difference — burro is just the Spanish word for donkey. There is no physical or genetic difference between a burro or a donkey otherwise.”|
|Cows are very curious. They often stopped grazing to check out who’s driving by.|
|The Clifden town square.|
|St. Joseph Catholic Church located in downtown Clifden where we shopped for groceries.|
|Plants for sale at a local garden store. The owner came out to greet us. The Irish are very friendly.|
|The strips of shops made it easy to get around the downtown area.|
Photo from one year ago today, May 15, 2019:
|A ram painted red for identification purposes with curved horns. For more on the year-ago post, please click here.|