Image: Watanska at DeviantArt.com.
The photo in the local museum created a lot of interest.
The origin of the subject was raised by many, as the young girl was not a local.
The photographer was Muriel Sparks an eccentric woman from the edge of town.
There was something very alluring about the scene. It was a study of innocence.
The location was the glade on Smither’s farm a well-known spot for photographers.
How the photograph got to be in the museum was a mystery. The museum was not one for photographs that didn’t have some historical interest.
An unknown girl in a well-known glade, nothing new in that.
Despite this, the photograph attracted a lot of visitors and the museum recorded record numbers passing through its doors.
Over a period of days, it was noticed that the girl appeared to be moving. First, it was her hand, then her feet and finally the appearance of a third sheep at the top of the image.
Added to that the tune she was playing, a pastoral melody, became obvious to you the longer you gazed at it.
It was indeed a mystery and one the museum was to long benefit from.