Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Gift of Animals

What a beautiful face ! At Christmas, when we think of the Three Wise Men, camels are traditionally depicted in the scene.

I've been following the holiday activities closely through the newspapers from the two communities that are close to my home. The bi-weekly paper had a rather large ad from the Lutheran Church, inviting the community to come on Sunday and "meet the animals of the nativity".

So, off I went on Sunday afternoon, with camera in hand.

It was set up on the front lawn of the church.

There was a bucket hanging on the fence, for a free-will offering, sponsoring the ELCA program of gifting a needy family with an animal. Please check out the link. This is a gift that can change a family's way of life.

The camel is a magnificent animal to photograph.

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Although the animal keeper assured me he would not spit on me...I still kept a watchful eye out for any signs of lip movement.

Not exactly his best side....

What a great opportunity, for the children of my community, to walk in the pens with the smaller animals. It was obvious these little fellas were very tame.

As soon as I walked in, this little guy nuzzled up to me for attention.

Isn't he adorable ?

As I photographed, I became aware of all the spots.


And more spots.

Fluffy.... and looking so aloof.

Did someone suggest, to him, the grass taste better outside the fence ?

Meggie Mac


  1. How lovely was that Meggie, my grandchildren would have loved to have seen the animals.

    1. Thanks, Anne. It was perfect for both adults and children. I could have taken the small goat home with me.

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    1. Hi Jane....that is what I thought while photographing him.

  3. Well, Meggie, you had me with those beautiful eyes!! Children and animals are God's greatest gifts and this menagerie of magnificent animals puts a smile on my face:-D

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them, Susan. This was the closest I have ever been to a camel. They must be a rough ride!!

  4. Great photos of the Camel , the goats and sheep.. I love animals.
    What a nice thing that the church did.. for people to be able to help.
    Thank you Maggie.
    Wishing you all the best for Christmas.
    Busy time now..

    1. Hello was so nice to share this with the community. I think the camel must be the star of the show!

  5. What a nice idea for that church to fund-raise! I'm game to see animals anytime!

  6. Hi Meggie, Thanks for sharing this. What a great fun idea. Our church has had "live nativities" in the past. They make great memories. Joyous Wishes, Linda

  7. Wish you a very happy christmas!! groetjes, Gerda

  8. Hello Meggie , I love projects like the ELCA, I think they are really useful. Looks like a lovely event. I wish you a happy new year and all the best for this year. love, Karen.


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