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Sheep in the Madares  - 14th June 2007

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Sheep grazing in the Madares - Click to enlarge

 

Sheep in the Madares

 

These sheep are a lot higher than in the photo yesterday, in a valley between Melindaou and the mitáto of Pirou, at about 1900m.
They have just been brought up into the Madares (or Madhares) which is a general name for the high mountains of Crete (and particularly of the Lefka Ori) where they will spend the summer. The reason for this transhumance is simply that whilst most of the vegetation is drying in the lowlands, spring is just starting here and there is plenty to eat.

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