Summer Lovin’ Bovines

On my drive home today, this herd of cattle grazing in the high summer grasses caught my eye. Their bodies glistened bronze gold and coal blue in the evening light.

cattle herd in summer pasture

cattle herd in summer pasture

I pulled my car to the side of the road and got out, camera in hand. The only sound around me was the rustling of dry grasses as the animals slowly moved through the field grabbing mouthfuls of grass along the way. Every once in a while, I could hear tails swishing through the air, a useless attempt to chase away clouds of flies.

As I watched these animals which I usually consider smelly, boring and dumb, I realized for the first time that they seemed to have slightly different styles and personalities (don’t tell a cattle farmer I said this and don’t laugh if you have cows yourself).

Dare I say that this one looks kind of handsome with a sweet disposition?

munching grass

And this one liked to twist and turn, still full of the abundant energy of the young:

twisting here and there

But the biggest surprise of it all? Cows eat thistles! I always thought only goats and maybe sheep will chow down on that thorny plant and that cows only like the nice smooth, green grass below. Well, take a look at this:

Oh, and believe it or not, another cow munched on Queen Anne’s Lace, the wildflower I highlighted in my first Summer Lovin’ post!

This is my second post in response to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’.

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35 Responses to Summer Lovin’ Bovines

  1. seeker says:

    Definitely 2326 is handsome.


  2. Lovely thistle eating cows 🙂


  3. Dina says:

    Lovely images, Annette! Of course, the cattle has lot of different personalities, you demonstrate it so well with your great photo story. 🙂 Poor ones, I’d love to give them some flies protection, like the horses wear.


  4. John says:

    Yes, they do have personalities, and beaucoup flies a little spray would alleviate. Nice series. Watching cattle graze and interact with one another is most therapeutic, and often educational. 🙂


    • Hi John – I visited your cowboy poetry blog, very interesting combination of farm and nature chronicle and poetry writing. You one of them Renaissance Men?
      Thanks for being so kind to my naive non-cow owner mind 🙂


  5. Annette, I love cows! These pictures are so cute!


  6. Monique says:

    Annette I love cows, actually they are not that stupid and very friendly….We (the Dutch) use them also sometimes with mentally handicapped children to hug and pet. It makes the children really calm and happy.


    • Hi Monique – yes, I understand this post was written from the naive point of view of a non-cow owner 🙂 That is such interesting information….therapy cows..joining therapy dogs and cats and bunny rabbits.


  7. Tina Schell says:

    LOL Annette – I see we share a love of cows 🙂 And OF COURSE they have personalities !!!! Loved your post.


  8. Aggie says:

    Oh, the golden grasses and the gleaming flanks of the cattle! You’ve captured the beauty of the land where I live, even if miles away.


  9. I’m partial to cows because my grandfather had a small dairy herd. These are handsome specimens for sure. 🙂


  10. Ah, cows, what a beautiful post to honor the wonderful presence of cows. I Love them, especially when I am visiting Bavaria in Germany. I literally could hear the whistling of the grass and the bsssss of the flies, that’s a true summer day to me and brings back many memories of my childhood in Germany, when my family would spend summer vacations on a farm.


  11. Loca Gringa says:

    2326 is a … um … real stud! Sorry my brain is twisted! I love cattle!


  12. Tish Farrell says:

    They do indeed look happy cows. All that good fodder.


  13. suzjones says:

    My inlaws grew up on dairy farms. They will be the first to tell you that all cows have personalities.


  14. cindy knoke says:

    Just like our cattle! Love them!!!


  15. Annette, your post about these cows’ personalities resonated with me since we’re now in rural Bulgaria where it seems goats, cows, and horses might outnumber the human population. 🙂 We’re going to learn how to milk goats tonight. I’ll have to see if they also feast upon Queen Anne’s Lace or thistle.


  16. Aquileana says:

    Wonderful photos… Great job.

    Best wishes, Aquileana 😛


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