Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Big Itch



The farm next to the stable my mom boards her gelding at has cows and calves in the field. They are shy, and have ran away from me and my camera in the past.


This time, I slowly sneaked up to the fence. I'm sure I looked like a cougar stalking it's prey, it was probably not the best approach. But the young calves didn't bolt and stood transfixed, watching me with focused, cautious interest.



Stare at these faces long enough and these youngsters morph from cute calves into cranky old men, reminiscent of puppets from the Muppet Show.



As I snapped photos, I noticed a common theme on the agenda that day.


Itchin'



Scratchin'




Lickin'




Moo-ve in to the right.



Moo-ve in to the left.



Early morning yoga.

Coming soon to a pasture near you!



Oh, and since it was Valentine's Day, there was a little lovin' going on, too!

27 comments:

  1. great photos, as always.

    How's Paint Girl holding up?

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  2. Great pictures! I am sure as the spring progresses you will see lots more "itchin' and scratchin'". :)

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  3. The weather must be warming up in your area. When we had cows as soon as we got some warm weather, even just a few degrees it seemed, the cows had lice!!! They would scratch and rub on everything to relieve the itching. Thank goodness Gilly didn't get cow lice, didn't know where was a difference but I guess there is. When the weather got colder again the itching stopped. When spring came we powdered them good to try and kill the buggers!

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  4. Very cute pictures! :) Hope things are going well for you....stop on over for a visit soon. :)

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  5. i love cows! i took way too many pics of the beautiful dairy cows when we were in vermont last july. what sweet faces!

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  6. These are great pictures, and you're right - they do kind of look like Muppets!

    I can't believe the hair on those cows/steers/calves/bulls - whatever they are :). I think I'd be itchy too if I had all that hanging off of me.

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  7. I know this is going to sound weird, but I've heard that if you are trying to get a cow to come close to you, you should lay down. Their curious nature will force them to investigate. Of course, pick your spot carefully!!!

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  8. Cows are kinda like horses that way, cautious but curious.
    On our "trail" that we ride (trail used extremely loosely... its a ditch lol) There are leased pastures. Every year they put the young cattle in there.
    At first they are horrible to ride by, spooking at the horses and freaking out. After a few rides they get curious and start stalking us, still not brave enough to approach but if you look over your shoulder after riding by there is a line of cattle following the fence after us. lol

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  9. Brilliant, I laughed my head off. We quite often have calves and cows as neighbours. Just as you get used to them - they're gone.

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  10. Great pics as always. Cows are a itchy scratchy bunch especially in the spring

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  11. Haha how fun. Yeah, cows are extremely curious creatures, and if you settle down in their pasture of a while, they will eventually come right up to you! You and I are on the same blogging page so often, its scary! I have a bunch of cow photos from the other day that I need to post. Its funny to see how muddy and dirty the cows up your way are. The cows down here are pretty clean in contrast! Great photos!

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  12. Funny, Pony Girl! Could it be the Spring Itch--those coats getting mighty uncomfortable and wanting to come off?!? I hope so.

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  13. those moo cows are so NOT CUTE! I love me a cute moo calf, but those are like you said Muppett looking.

    We have some super cute Long Horn calves at the ranch, you have inspired me to get their pictures!

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  14. I think those are very cute faces!!! To each his own I guess! LOLO

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  15. OK cousin, now don't think I am copying you when I post my cows soon! They've been in standby for almost 2 weeks! I'll probably post them soon. Yours are better. Must be the camera. It can't possibly be the photographer. Hee hee!

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  16. They completely ARE those two old men from the muppets that sat up in the gallery!!! I love it. All animals are so interesting to watch - their habits and ways. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. How I love cows! They are so funny and cute! Have you ever let one of them lick your arm? Their tongues are so WEIRD! I wish I had enough land for a pet cow! Luckily, our neighbors have some that I can "borrow." They are so friendly and inquisitive! I just want to hug them! I love it when they MOO. Isn't MOO the funniest word you have ever heard?

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  18. How cute!! I love cows. You take the best pictures. What kind of camera do you use?

    www.wildponybeast.blogspot.com

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  19. LOVE! the photos! Especially that tongue!

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  20. {Denali}~ Thanks! I use a Nikon D-40 DSLR. I was at a fence really zooming on a low-light day, so these looked a little grainy to me.

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  21. Oh to be so flexible... Cute photos!

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  22. Love the photos. Just found your blog and became your 300th follower. Looking forward to getting to know you!

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  23. Only you could make a cows 'art'.

    Deborah

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  24. Oh, my goodness... They DO look like those muppets!!!

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  25. Looks like they were actually scratching each other's heads in that last photo. lol!

    Muppets. Very true! lol! Funny fuzzy faces. Good captures, PG!
    How's Paint Girl doing. We need another update soon, please?


    ~Lisa

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