Travel Photo Thursday: How Now, Moo Cow?

Travel Photo Thursday: How Now, Moo Cow?

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Two weeks ago, “Travel Photo Thursday” featured “Seeing Seals by The Seashore.”

Last week it was “Seagulls by The Seashore.”

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The week it’s “Moo Cows in The Meadow.”


Back Off IMG_0423Here’s the thing about cows: Except in those mid-2oth century “Westerns” when cows often stampeded across the silver screen, cows usually stand very still out in the field, making them perfect photographic subjects.

Even when you approach them quite slowly, cows tend to either turn a blind eye or stare at you with a puzzled look that How Now White Cow IMG_0327says “Why aren’t you eating grass, like me?”

Cows, like ice cream that is made from cow’s milk, come in various “flavors.”

Some are mostly reddish brown.

Once in a while, you’ll find that that is pure “vanilla.”

Others are “black and white,” not “color.”

And sometimes, a “cow” isn’t a cow at all.

Marin County Line Cow

(No cows were harmed in the photographing of this story.)

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13 Replies to “Travel Photo Thursday: How Now, Moo Cow?”

  1. Oh very good, Dick! I loved your various examples. And yes, cows are underrated – they make perfect portrait subjects because they will stay still, and they arrange themselves in the most beautiful settings and backdrops.

    1. These photos were taken during my weekly group hikes. As we were starting out this past Tuesday (in an area where no cows graze), we were told that a mountain lion had just been spotted a short distance from the trail we’d be hiking on and that two had been seen “wooing” (as opposed to “mooing”) in the same area the day before.

      But the big, bad cat was nowhere to be seen.

  2. I’d never thought of that, Dick, but you’re right: cows do tend to stay put even when you approach.
    That non-cow photo reminded me of Cow Parade – the installation of colorful cows that was all over NYC some years back.

  3. These are definitely happy California cows. I love seeing them on the hillsides in Marin and Sonoma when I drive up to Santa Rosa. I also love those Clover signs with Clo — I’m sure you’ve seen them. Anyway, cows usually are still, but I was once sent running by a cow that came at me in Livermore when I tried to get a pic.

  4. Laughing here! There is an ice cream chain in Prince Edward Island called “Cows Ice Cream”. Best ice cream ever, and they have a great store filled with “cow stuff”. They have a store in Halifax, and I never miss going there when I’m home. I’ll have to see if I have a photo.

  5. Hi Dick, it didn’t actually dawn on me but I looked back on the cows I photographed and you’re right that they tend to stand still. I should photograph more of them. I love you first photo of the cows and the meadows. It looks so bucolic and peaceful. The photo of a cow that’s not really a cow is cool, too!:)

  6. That first photo of the cows in the rolling meadow is my favorite. Cows wander in groups (I guess that would be called a herd) around Penang where I live. Sometimes, they just walk down the road. It’s not a rural area. It’s street with a lot of traffic. One day, I hope to catch them in a photo with the Starbucks in the background.

  7. Love this post. It reminds me on my childhood seating at the back of the family car and every time we pass a field with cows grazing I try to count them all. Thank you for this post. 🙂

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