Barn with cows and hay

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Comments (14)

Margrit M. Berger (S… on September 17, 2007

Ah, that's my favourite, Ryan! I like the frame, the green, the plants in the foreground and of course the red colour of the very nice building, the hay and the trees on the background, in fact everything. As I wrote, it's my fave.

Greetings, May

Ryan Calhoun on September 17, 2007

Thanks, May! I knew you'd like this one. It's such a happy little scene. :-) This is one of my favorite photos from this day. I'm glad it's one of yours! Greetings, Ryan

Margrit M. Berger (S… on September 17, 2007

You guessed right, Ryan! It seems to be a little farm, more the size ours are. I love to see the cows grazing peacefully. the longer I look at it, the more I love it. Thanks, Ryan!

Dear greetings, May

Ryan Calhoun on September 17, 2007

May, I'd love to be able to tell you a story about this farm, but I only know what you see in the photo. I saw just a flash through the trees from the bike trail, so I turned around and came back to find this little jewel. It made me think this scene should be the logo for a dairy farm, maybe with a wheel of cheese with a missing slice in the near foreground.

I can tell you farther to the left on the map (the trail dips more south, then goes more southwest again) there is a big dirt patch, which is the enclosure for a stockyard. I tried to visit these cows as they sat in the shade enjoying the afternoon, but when I walked up they all stampeded away. They were afraid of my camera. I haven't found the right cow yet to photograph.

Greetings to you, Ryan

Margrit M. Berger (S… on September 17, 2007

Oh, you are telling a story alright with the photo, Ryan.

Is it the farmhouse hiding behind the branch of a tree? I like this rolls of hay neatly piled up, only the two on the left being ready to roll off. The single one in the barn seems to be waiting, but what for? See, they have racing slicks like ours have. May

Ryan Calhoun on September 18, 2007

Perhaps the Hay Bale Racing Circuit has already become international. This farm must include other fields, because there are too many bales here to come from just this one field. I think it is the farmhouse behind the tree--that's why I put it there, because I don't know who the people are inside. Ryan

Lilypon on September 19, 2007

Ryan what on earth do you do to those poor cows????

Gerry has them run towards him and mine just say cheese to the camera.

Lilypon on September 19, 2007

Here those trees would have been planted (watered and babied) by a farmer for his shelter belt (protection against the bitter winter winds and snow). There it looks like the farmer is surrounded by his own private forest. :)

Ryan Calhoun on September 19, 2007

I don't know!!! Every other animal is perfectly happy to have me around, but cows run away when they see my camera. Either they think the camera will hurt them, or they're embarrassed to have their pictures taken. I think the problem is that I need to find some nice dairy cows, it's mostly beef cattle around here.

Pam, all the land around here is forest, and has to be cleared for farming. The trees you see in the background are probably what was not cut down. The trees all along the bike trail are part of the state park grounds, and my guess is they were planted in some places by the railroad as a privacy screen for nearby neighborhoods; but in a lot of places the trees were just never cleared and are left standing from before. There are places in the US like Kansas and South Dakota which are open prairie and need windbreaks, but most of Missouri started out as one big windbreak.

Lilypon on September 20, 2007

I'm beginning to think those cows see cuts of beef in your eyes Ryan......the dairy ones probably will be better subjects. ;)

I'd have to drive 7 to 9 hours straight north to see a forest here (but we do have some tree farmers and I must admit I always do a double take when I see their crop growing ;). I imagine their grandchildren will see a pretty good return for their grandfather's original investment.

Forests have always been a wondrous sight to these prairie eyes. ;)

Ryan Calhoun on September 20, 2007

Tree farmers! Such an amusing concept for me. Around here they might as well try to grow dandelions and clover, and breed squirrels and deer. Your job is easy when it's already done for you! For me, wide open grasslands are a strange sight.

I don't think the cows are afraid of me. They seems more or less indifferent, and some of the little ones even come closer. It's only when they see my camera that they break into stampede. Maybe I need to try with one of those itty bitty powershot cameras, since it's less threatening.

Ryan Calhoun on September 23, 2007

Thanks, Gerry. I think small family farms are very similar in many parts of the world. The places that are flat, at least. I will have to look for your cows next!

Lilypon on September 23, 2007

See if you can find mineRyan. :)

Ryan Calhoun on September 24, 2007

Wonderful cows, all around! Yes, I think I'll need either a smaller camera, or a much longer lens to shoot from far away. I think the cows in this farm would have been nice, and they look very happy from a distance, but there were too many fences between me and them. Ah, cows...

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