I had a great time with the this farming family when I visited their farm at Karridale, near Augusta. They have the good fortune to lease a farm only ten kilometres out of Augusta, on the south coast, so they can live close to the beach while enjoying a farming lifestyle. (My kids would love to be able to go surfing after school, instead of having to wait for our annual two week beach holiday!)
When I arrived there were merino x poll dorset lambs in the yard, being weighed and drafted to send off to market. Others were out in a fodder crop of oats, which they had been weaned onto. They should fatten up well in that fodder crop!
I have a ten-year-old son, so I was glad to have the opportunity to photograph another ten-year-old-boy. It is a wonderful age to be a boy on a farm! He played with the dog, and helped in the sheep yards. When the evening light caught his hair it was magical.
Finally I had to sneak in a photo of the alpacas. Aren’t they interesting animals? Here they are used as guard animals in lambing mobs as a protection against foxes.