When last in Connecticut, I was on the hunt for an interesting place to take photos. My sister suggested I take a look at a small herd of long-haired cows at Sub Edge Farm in Farmington. Having never heard of long-haired cows, I was game.
When we arrived at the pasture, my eyes widened when I spied a small group of cows with long, thick coats of hair in various shades of red, black, brown, and tan. I grabbed my camera gear and hopped out of the car onto a narrow swath of grass. The cows weren’t at all fazed by my presence. Only one of the big guys with horns bothered to look my way.
What I thought would be a quick photo op wasn’t that simple. The cows were in constant motion as they grazed in companionable silence. I had to move quickly through tall, dormant grasses and uneven terrain, while at the same time, steer clear of an electric fence that stood between the cows and me. Only when I stopped to capture photos, did I fully notice the quiet landscape. The sound of silence from the pasture was palpable.
When I look at these images, the 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 under layer) 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.
Photo challenge theme: Silence.