The Sound of Silence

When last in Connecticut, I was on the hunt for an interesting place to photograph. My sister suggested we visit Sub Edge Farm in Farmington, home to a small herd of long-haired cows. Having never seen a long-haired cow, I was game.

Cows 1

When we approached the farm, for our good luck, a small group of cows grazed in the pasture. Sure enough, the cows were covered in long, thick coats of hair in various shades of red, black, brown, and tan. My sister pulled over to the side of the narrow country road, I grabbed my camera gear and hopped out of the car onto a narrow swath of grass. Only one of the big guys with horns bothered to look my way.

Cows 2

In constant motion, the cows grazed in companionable silence. To keep up, I had to move swiftly over an uneven, grassy terrain, while steering clear of an electric fence that hung between the cows and me. Only when I stopped to capture photos did I fully notice the quiet landscape. The sound of silence was palpable.

When I look back at these images, these docile, long-haired cows make me smile. I hope they do the same for you.

About the cattle:

The cows are from the Highland breed. Highland cattle lived for centuries in the rugged, remote Scottish Highlands. A double coat of hair (long, coarse outer layer and soft woolly underlayer) reduces the need for expensive barns and shelters. The Highlands tend to be docile and calm and have a long history of living with humans. Apparently, the early Scots would keep the family cow(s) inside their homes during the winter.

About the farm:

Sub Edge farm is located on 289 acres in the Farmington River Valley. According to the owners of Sub Edge farm, the story of the farm began some 20,000 years ago when the glaciers retreated from Connecticut leaving some of the richest soils in the world. This family farm grows ten acres of vegetables, fruits, flowers, and culinary herbs and offers a hundred share Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The farm humanely raises heritage breed pigs; pasture raised broilers, layer hens, and 100% grass-fed Highland cattle.


Inspiration: Silence.



11 Comments Add yours

  1. Lovely photos and great followup story on the history of the cattle and the farm. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for the nice comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  2. tonytomeo says:

    So they wear two coats like wire haired terriers! I just wrote about that recently.

    1. I didn’t know terriers wore two coats! I’ll make sure to look up that post. I’m looking forward to reading through your blog. We will be planting a border garden this spring with plants that are drought resistant, deer resistant, and dog friendly! If you have suggestions, I’m all ears.

      1. tonytomeo says:

        That does not narrow it down much, except for the deer resistance. Unfortunately, deer do not read the lists of deer resistant plants.

      2. So true. I’ve got my short list of plants I like and will cross my fingers that the deer stay away.

  3. Loved the pictures. Might want to veture there from here.

    1. Thank you! I want to go back to the farm next time in CT in the summer/fall to check out the other animals and their Farm-Shop. Hope you get to go there as well.

  4. Noelle says:

    I love highland cows! And these photographs are beautiful!

    1. Thank you, Noelle. I love them too.

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