Ein Paradies für Hirten

Die Schönheit der Einfachheit in Portugal.

Shepherds direct their herd as they migrate to summer pastures in Serra da Estrela, near Seia, Portugal June 27, 2015. In late June, shepherds young and old in the Seia region of central Portugal start guiding sheep, goats and cattle to the Serra da Estrela, the country’s highest mountains, in search of better pastures. There they stay until the end of September. Modern-day shepherds may have mobile phones to keep in touch with family and friends, but their lifestyle has changed little for centuries. The sound of cowbells and the bark of longhaired mastiffs starts early in the morning as the animals – often decorated with traditional woollen balls on their horns - are herded up steep, narrow paths. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante PICTURE 2 OF 23 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "OLD TRADITIONS, NEW PASTURES" SEARCH "SERRA DA ESTRELA" FOR ALL PICTURES

Zwischen Juni und September werden die Weiden in der Serra da Estrela in Portugal von Hirten und ihren Schafen bewohnt. Das Leben ist einfach, hart und schön. Bild: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Shepherd Nuno Miguel, 34, holds a lamb as he herds his flock to summer pastures in Serra da Estrela, near Seia, Portugal June 28, 2015. In late June, shepherds young and old in the Seia region of central Portugal start guiding sheep, goats and cattle to the Serra da Estrela, the country’s highest mountains, in search of better pastures. There they stay until the end of September. Modern-day shepherds may have mobile phones to keep in touch with family and friends, but their lifestyle has changed little for centuries. The sound of cowbells and the bark of longhaired mastiffs starts early in the morning as the animals – often decorated with traditional woollen balls on their horns - are herded up steep, narrow paths. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY PICTURE 6 OF 23 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "OLD TRADITIONS, NEW PASTURES" SEARCH "SERRA DA ESTRELA" FOR ALL PICTURES      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Das Handwerk vererben: Auch die Jungen folgen den Alten auf die Felder und halten die Tradition am Leben. Bild: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

A shepherd places traditional bells on the grass as they herd their flock to summer pastures in Serra da Estrela, near Seia, Portugal June 28, 2015. In late June, shepherds young and old in the Seia region of central Portugal start guiding sheep, goats and cattle to the Serra da Estrela, the country’s highest mountains, in search of better pastures. There they stay until the end of September. Modern-day shepherds may have mobile phones to keep in touch with family and friends, but their lifestyle has changed little for centuries. The sound of cowbells and the bark of longhaired mastiffs starts early in the morning as the animals – often decorated with traditional woollen balls on their horns - are herded up steep, narrow paths. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante PICTURE 16 OF 23 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "OLD TRADITIONS, NEW PASTURES" SEARCH "SERRA DA ESTRELA" FOR ALL PICTURES

Wie im Appenzell: Sie sind dabei sehr traditionsbewusst. Dekoriert mit Wattebommeln und grossen Glocken führen sie die Tiere zur Sommerweide. Bild: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

A shepherd greets others as they herd their flock to summer pastures in Serra da Estrela, near Seia, Portugal June 27, 2015. In late June, shepherds young and old in the Seia region of central Portugal start guiding sheep, goats and cattle to the Serra da Estrela, the country’s highest mountains, in search of better pastures. There they stay until the end of September. Modern-day shepherds may have mobile phones to keep in touch with family and friends, but their lifestyle has changed little for centuries. The sound of cowbells and the bark of longhaired mastiffs starts early in the morning as the animals – often decorated with traditional woollen balls on their horns - are herded up steep, narrow paths. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante PICTURE 8 OF 23 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "OLD TRADITIONS, NEW PASTURES" SEARCH "SERRA DA ESTRELA" FOR ALL PICTURES      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Kleine Gemeinschaft: Ein Hirte grüsst seine Kumpanen aus der Ferne. Bild: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Shepherd Nuno Miguel prepares lunch as he herds his flock to summer pastures in Serra da Estrela, near Seia, Portugal June 29, 2015. In late June, shepherds young and old in the Seia region of central Portugal start guiding sheep, goats and cattle to the Serra da Estrela, the country’s highest mountains, in search of better pastures. There they stay until the end of September. Modern-day shepherds may have mobile phones to keep in touch with family and friends, but their lifestyle has changed little for centuries. The sound of cowbells and the bark of longhaired mastiffs starts early in the morning as the animals – often decorated with traditional woollen balls on their horns - are herded up steep, narrow paths. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante PICTURE 13 OF 23 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "OLD TRADITIONS, NEW PASTURES" SEARCH "SERRA DA ESTRELA" FOR ALL PICTURES

Einfaches Bauerngericht: Nuno Miguel bereitet das Mittagessen zu. Bild: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Shepherds sleep outside as they herd their flock to summer pastures in Serra da Estrela, near Seia, Portugal June 28, 2015. In late June, shepherds young and old in the Seia region of central Portugal start guiding sheep, goats and cattle to the Serra da Estrela, the country’s highest mountains, in search of better pastures. There they stay until the end of September. Modern-day shepherds may have mobile phones to keep in touch with family and friends, but their lifestyle has changed little for centuries. The sound of cowbells and the bark of longhaired mastiffs starts early in the morning as the animals – often decorated with traditional woollen balls on their horns - are herded up steep, narrow paths. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante PICTURE 18 OF 23 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "OLD TRADITIONS, NEW PASTURES" SEARCH "SERRA DA ESTRELA" FOR ALL PICTURES

Das Leben ist draussen schöner: Eingehüllt in Decken, unter dem Sternenhimmel, zum Lied der Zikaden einschlafen und vom Sonnenschein geweckt werden, ist ein einfaches Vergnügen. Bild: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Shepherds are given a lift by a car as they herd a flock to summer pastures in Serra da Estrela, near Seia, Portugal June 27, 2015. In late June, shepherds young and old in the Seia region of central Portugal start guiding sheep, goats and cattle to the Serra da Estrela, the country’s highest mountains, in search of better pastures. There they stay until the end of September. Modern-day shepherds may have mobile phones to keep in touch with family and friends, but their lifestyle has changed little for centuries. The sound of cowbells and the bark of longhaired mastiffs starts early in the morning as the animals – often decorated with traditional woollen balls on their horns - are herded up steep, narrow paths. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante PICTURE 21 OF 23 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "OLD TRADITIONS, NEW PASTURES" SEARCH "SERRA DA ESTRELA" FOR ALL PICTURES

Die Technik hat sich verändert, die Menschen nicht: Zwei Hirten nutzen eine Fahrgelegenheit. Ihr Lebensstil ist trotz Auto und Handy seit Jahrhunderten unverändert. Bild: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

A shepherd searches for the best path for his flock as he herds them to summer pastures in Serra da Estrela, near Seia, Portugal June 27, 2015. In late June, shepherds young and old in the Seia region of central Portugal start guiding sheep, goats and cattle to the Serra da Estrela, the country’s highest mountains, in search of better pastures. There they stay until the end of September. Modern-day shepherds may have mobile phones to keep in touch with family and friends, but their lifestyle has changed little for centuries. The sound of cowbells and the bark of longhaired mastiffs starts early in the morning as the animals – often decorated with traditional woollen balls on their horns - are herded up steep, narrow paths. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante PICTURE 10 OF 23 FOR WIDER IMAGE STORY "OLD TRADITIONS, NEW PASTURES" SEARCH "SERRA DA ESTRELA" FOR ALL PICTURES

Wie die Cowboys: Ein Hirte sucht nach dem besten Weg durch das Dickicht. Bild: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

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