REDISCOVERING MYSELF THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Moving Mothers and Babies

Joining Madge's Rurality Blog Hop  today.  I came upon this scene last week just 1/4 mile from my mother's house--the farm where I grew up.  The neighbors were moving a small bunch of cows and their very new calves.  Four adults on foot (they were at an intersection in the country road) and one man on horseback.  Newborn calves really aren't too much "with it" and they certainly don't have a sense about moving in one direction.  Whatever direction they go, their mothers go, and it's often the opposite direction they're supposed to go.   It was slow-moving chaos at the intersection.

Note: these two cows are facing the "wrong" direction! There's a calf in front of the horse.

Finally, the calves are moving in the right direction, and the cows follow. 

23 comments:

Rebecca said...

It's the Marlboro Man! I like his mustache.

Linda/patchwork said...

Great shots.
Looks like cold, snowy work.

I guess all 'kids' need some guidance, to go in the right direction.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Such cold wet weather. Very nice photos showing a little of how hard ranch life is.

Nancy said...

Wonderful photo of the rancher but I am sure that is very hard work....Mamas will follow their babies,uh?

Nancy said...

Wonderful photo of the rancher but I am sure that is very hard work....Mamas will follow their babies,uh?

Jeanne said...

Mighty cold weather for those babies, and it looks like quite a job getting them headed in the right direction.

Carole M. said...

the animals in the cold sure have it tough. But so do their keepers. I think the dairy-men have it the toughest some how. Lovely photos Evelyn, sharing another side of life

Kay said...

Great shots! I know this is still going on in lots of places, but it feels like stepping into the past to see these pictures. They're really wonderful! (Looks very cold and miserable, though.)

TexWisGirl said...

very cool!

Deanna said...

That cowboy shot is great, so quinessential (sp?) west

Helene Titsch said...

Love that man in that hat! What wonderful photos!

Karen said...

Great capture of this iconic ranch scene! Love your blog header, too! xx

Candy C. said...

Great shots Evelyn! The snow is just icing on the cake too!! :)

RamblingRound said...

A real working cowboy! Great photos.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Very nice captures! Ranching in the snow has got to be a brutal business!

Daryl said...

awesome snaps

Ms. Becky said...

what an excellent shot of a working cowboy - in the snow yet. I've experienced this sort of chaos for myself, and yes, young calves have no sense of direction and momma and calf will not be separated. I really like that first shot. happy day to you Evelyn.

Madge Bloom said...

Oh, I love these shots, Evelyn!! The are award winning! You should print and frame them... really. Thank you for joining in 'Rurality Blog Hop #5' Hope to see you next Wednesday for #6...

Nancy Claeys said...

There's a lesson in there somewhere -- but it's too early for me to figure it out! Love new calves -- so cute!

bailey-road.com said...

Love these shots in the snow!

Lisa Gordon said...

Awwwwww, look at that sweet little one.
I'll bet this is no easy task, especially in that weather.

David Oliver said...

Great shots, those could be used for post cards or... Beautiful shots

Chelsea said...

Somehow I missed this post... that's our friend Tyson! :-)