White on White

These are white Montedale sheep. At least they look white in the summer. In the winter they appear to be anything but white because of the extreme contrast of the glaring white snow. It is amazing how we don’t really see colors but rather we see comparisons, contrasts between colors. The fact is the sheep are still the same color. If anything they’re whiter in the winter because they are cleaner. But with the contrast of the ultra-white snow they appear grey with maybe a hint of yellow.

In the summer Lili is a white dog. No question about it. It was the same for her grandmother Tika. But in the winter you see the gold in their fur in the contrast to the bright white of the snow.

Similarly the pigs look white or maybe a tiny bit pink in the summer. Come winter they look more yellow red. They’re the same color but the background has changed and with it our perceptions.

Come spring time when the leaves burst forth with their green these animals will all appear white again…

“There are always two choices, two paths to take. One is easy. And its only reward is that it’s easy.”~unknown

27째F/10째F, 3/4″ Snow, Sunny


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5 Responses to White on White

  1. Liz says:

    Our white Magpie duck looks buttery yellow in winter (when she doesn’t look filthy).
    But now you’ve really roped me in with those Montedales…may I ask what you do with the fleece?

  2. You’re so right! I forgot the ducks. In the summer our Pekin ducks look snowy white. In the winter they look like a buttery yellow. Quite the dramatic change in appearance!

  3. Hick says:

    So…it’s not really dirt I see on my youngest…it’s the winter backdrop. All I have to do is wait for spring?

    Hmmm…maybe I’ll tell him to take a shower more than once a week.


    Seriously, though. The picture is great. How do you get your animals to pose like that? I always end up with the wrong end pointing towards the camera.

  4. Liz says:

    Did I mention I’m a hanspinner? What do you do with the fleece??

  5. Hi Liz, we sell our fleeces and sometimes use them for craft projects. Nobody here spins (yet). I have two bags full as the ditty goes.

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