Last month I was invited to watch and photograph a friend’s sheep get their annual shearing. It was very interesting to watch. The whole process involved four people. Three sets of hands were used to move the un-sheared sheep from their main pen, into the holding pen, then to the sheep-shearer, while the sheep that was just clipped was moved from the sheep-shearing area, through the holding pen and out into the field with the rest of those who were finished. The sheep’s wool was collected, tagged and placed on a large collection tarp. The most difficult job was that of the sheep-shearer. It required a great deal of strength and stamina to grab the sheep by the horns and flip them into a position where the sheep would not move while being sheared. This was done over and over, sheep after sheep. I took many photos of the process, but my favorite was one I captured of the sheep-shearer (below) as he momentarily stood back against the stone wall of the barn waiting for the next set of sheep to be brought in to him.