Lesotho Shepherd

JC Crafford Fine art Photographer shepherd in Lesotho

A Lesotho shepherd herds his Angora goats in the highlands of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

This is a lonely life.

These Basotho men spend days, sometimes weeks alone with their goats in the rugged mountains. Continually negotiating the elements.

Temperatures in the mountains in the winter can easily reach -20°C. These are tuff men. They are used to the elements. They wear a likobo, a traditional Basotho blanket that protects them against the icy winds and temperatures.

Angora goats produce the lustrous fibre known as mohair. They are a major source of income for rural communities.

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. Stephen Hawking

I photographed this shepherd whilst on a three-day break with good friends to Lesotho. It was my friend Frans’s 60th. We drove all over Lesotho, drank some wine in the evening. Talked a lot. Took Photos and even rescued a dog and brought her back to South Africa!

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