A volunteer shepherd keeps an eye on the National Trust’s Rare Breed flock of sheep who winter at Snape Warren, Suffolk until it’s time for them to make their trip home to Orford Ness to graze the summer pastures. This shepherd is the ever-inspiring Peter Fowler, who I recently had the privilege of photographing in the brilliance of nature.
Peter is a true National Trust veteran – for some twenty years in the 1980s-90s he served on the Northumbria Regional committee, various headquarters’ committees and the Council. Peter told me “The most interesting was the Properties committee, where we had the privilege of visiting, for management purposes, existing properties, and, best of all, potential properties. One of the latter was Orford Ness to which, slightly furtively I seem to recall, a small party of us sailed across to make an assessment. This was long before it had occurred to most people, that the departure of the MoD had created a possible Trust property of great historical interest, as well as its known values as a National Nature Reserve. It never crossed my mind at the time that one day I would have the added privilege of looking after Rare Breeds sheep who live there.”
Isn’t it funny how life often comes full circle? Peter’s dedication to nature is inspiring to say the least.
Speak to anyone who has recently retired, and they’ll tell you the same thing – they’ve never been busier. The same is true for this volunteer shepherd who also includes writing, painting and watching erosion happen in coastal Suffolk amongst his list of pastimes (when the sheep aren’t at Snape).
We were lucky to have the perfect lighting for this shoot and I’m very proud of the way these images have turned out. Sometimes the weather forecast does get it right! I would like to thank Peter for the opportunity to take his photograph and hope to see more of him and hear his stories soon.
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