This photograph was taken in the Karakol valley, Altai 8th April this year, right in the middle of the lambing season. Here, as I wander up and down the hills herding the ladies I think back to the sheep dog trials I used to watch. The hardest thing must be the sleep deprivation associated with getting up in the night day after day to check that the lambs that have given birth in the night haven’t rejected or mislaid their little ones. When I first saw this white plastic bottle lying on the ground in amongst the sheep, made heavy with stones inside and tied round the bottle neck with a piece of string, I wasn’t quite sure what it was for. Then I worked it out. What is it’s purpose do you think? Can you guess?