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The weather is warming up and it’s sheep shearing season! ☀️
🐑 Elsa (left) is lookin’ svelte in her newly trimmed wool coat.
🐑 Her older sister Emma (right) is 13 years old (sheep usually live 10-12 years). So Emma will be holding onto her wool for now, to keep her warm from the chills of old age.
💇”Shearing” refers to the practice of giving sheep haircuts. In the 1000s of years that sheep have coexisted with humans, they’ve been bred to have thick wool coats that do not shed. In order to keep them healthy, comfortable, and prevent overheating, they need to be sheared once a year.
#FarmAnimals #WilderAnimalsStoleMyHeart #SheepShearing #RanchLife #Sheep #WilderRanch #WilderRanchStatePark #CAStateParks #ThatsMyPark 📍Uypi land

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Weekends can lead to some pretty cool spots. 🌲🛤🌲
Wherever you are, hope you’re safely exploring the great outdoors and getting a little refresh for the week! #LetsCruzSafely
Photo 📷 gutierrezrocio7
#letscruzsafely #santacruznow #santacruz #santacruzcounty #felton #henrycowell #roaringcamp #thatsmypark

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Those are some tall trees! 🌲 Did you know that the tallest tree at Henry Cowell is approximately 277 feet tall and about 16 feet wide? The Statue of Liberty🗽 is 305 feet tall so that’s getting pretty high up there! 😳
Photo 📷 cesariddle
#letscruzsafely #visitsantacruz #redwoods #henrycowell #henrycowellredwoodsstatepark #thatsmypark #redwoodforest #statueofliberty #triviatuesday #felton #santacruz

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