Equine, Bovine and a close-up

A camera is a Save button for the mind’s eye!” – Roger Kingston.

This weekend the photo challenge over on Weekly Prompts, the site I share with my partner GC is is Close, and we wondered which definition of the word the participants in the challenge would choose. As for me… see for yourself!

My first offering is a Close-up of a very pretty Dahlia from a pot on the upstairs balcony.

SONY DSCI used my long lens, and the Macro setting, which is something I’ve not been successful with before, but following a discussion with Brian at Bushboy’s World I finally managed a fairly decent shot and all thanks to his good advice!

I wanted to capture a bee, but you know what bees are like, far too busy to hang around and wait for me to get focused! 

SONY DSCClose-ups can be deceiving – My house is set well back from the narrow lane, but this zoomed in shot taken from the top of the house (no not the roof) looks as though we’re much nearer the lane than we are.

Not showing up on this far distant view of upper Wharfedale, is how high up we are. Just beyond the far fence is a hillside, a mile or two long that leads down to the out of sight Wharfe Valley and the fast-flowing River Wharfe. Also hidden is the equally long climb up the other side into the Dales beyond. Like I said close-ups can be deceiving!

A Mare over the lane 2The other day I wandered up the lane to visit the Mares and foals that were grazing in the fields opposite mine. I managed to get very close to one mare because she was stood next the fence, a zoom lens wasn’t required here so I used my phone camera, the mare  continued eating and quite rudely ignored me. Next time I’ll take a carrot, that usually works.

SONY DSCThe half a dozen foals are now at the leggy stage, but whenever I walk past they are always at the opposite end of the field. Today though, because I had my camera and long lens with me, I was able to zoom in and get a closer look at these two nuzzlers.

SONY DSCAs I walked back down my driveway, I stopped for a few moments to watch the cattle grazing, and one obliging youngster trotted over to get a close look at me.

Feeding an extra calfA few days ago, I was amused to see the cheeky little calf on the left once again helping herself  to someone else’s milk supply! I’ve been keeping a close eye on this calf since the last time I saw her do this, I was worried her mother was no longer feeding her. My concerns were needless as it seems she is indeed still being fed by her mum!

Earlier this week before the weather changed again we had a few warm, sunny days, so one morning I dragged my lazy self from my bed and took my second coffee out onto the balcony and watched the cattle basking in the morning sunshine.

SONY DSCMy camera was already upstairs, and I couldn’t resist zooming in for a closer shot of this small group.  Lawrence the bull when lying next to the little brown calf and her mother, manages to make them look like a proper little family. The other bull, Hawaii Five -O, having done his duty with the young maidens, has returned to Richard’s farm to service another group of females. Lawrence is here to get up close and personal with the cows that have calves.

Cows normally give birth every 12-14 months after an approximate gestation period of ten months. The young female calves that are here now could quite possibly be here again next year as young maidens waiting for the bull, which means they will be around two years old when they give birth.

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Photo Challenge Close from Weekly Prompts.


35 thoughts on “Equine, Bovine and a close-up

  1. Yes Bees are little ***** to get shots of 🙂 just when you get focused, off they buzz! I felt sure I would have a recent bee from my past few weeks away to share, but no, they all buzzed off for me.

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    1. Hi Ken, nice to see you – I haven’t seen you for a while so hope all is well and that being away means a holiday.

      I shall keep trying to get my 🐝 I’ve managed to catch a couple with my phone but not the really good close up that I wanted. I had a macro lens for my phone but before I’d had a chance to use it my grandson borrowed it, he loved it so I let him keep it. Thanks Ken 🙂

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    1. Glad to be of help and thank you for your kind comments. I’m glad you like my photos Ivor or should I call you Arnold 😂 and now I’ll keep a look out for yours.🙂

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    1. Thank you very much Derrick.
      In some ways I’m similar to you; each day we both take lots of photographs, you put yours in a daily journal and I do the occasional round up of the week and save a few for the prompts. Good fun isn’t it?

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  2. What a beautiful place you live. The green spaces, a river, hills, and cows and bulls grazing or just living their lives. I am awed by it. Thank you for your blog. It adds joy to so many people. Enjoy each moment.

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    1. I am so very fortunate to live here and I am forever grateful that I live in such a beautiful spot.

      Thank you so much for your very kind comments, they are much appreciated.


  3. Murphy's Law

    How I wish I had your landscapes and views from my home. Not even close!! Perhaps a stray cat or someone walking a dog. Lol!

    These photos are awesome Sue. The Dahlia is spectacular. With or without carrots, or any other form of bribery, I am in awe of your skills in capturing a particular shot.

    I just love the calf barging right in helping herself to someone else’s milk supply. Too funny.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. I think you’ll probably realise why I didn’t want to leave here. When I‘m on the drive down to Sophie’s in the valley. the views are really gorgeous but it’s an awkward place to stop and take photos.
      I’m delighted you like the pictures, I enjoyed taking them. Thank you Ginger 🙂


    1. That’s wonderful! Now you know why I was getting antsy in the Spring when I said it was too peaceful. They’re all so interesting to watch. The bull has just spent a couple of days with the brown cow but he wouldn’t tolerate her calf coming near and kept butting it away. I think he must have done the deed thank goodness because today the cow is back with her calf. Enjoy watching your new family 🙂

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  4. Aww it’s so lovely to see your beautiful close-ups Sue, especially the animals, but well done for nailing your macro shot, it’s so satisfying, isn’t it, & a cracking result! That little calf is a proper chancer, how funny it’s managing to get away with extra milk from a surrogate mom, still! I love the cattle family shot, too & the view from the top of your house is stunning! I really miss seeing & interacting with the cattle at close quarters, by us, as they’ve all gone now 😦 There’s a few, belonging to another farmer, that we can see but not reach. Guess I’ll have to wait until next year.

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    1. I hope your farmer puts more livestock in the field. Sometimes they just give the land a rest. There’s a couple of months of grazing left. My land could do with a couple of weeks break. I’m disappointed in Richard this year, he hasn’t tackled the weeds at all.

      This little calf is the only one that goes around stealing milk! The others are very well behaved! It’s hardly surprising though, when the cows take turns looking after the calves. They are always together in a group which is so lovely to see.

      Debbie thank you for all your lovely comments. 🙂

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      1. I hope he puts some more cows in the field too, Sue. He does have others further over & a bit higher up. Although, he had a nasty accident, on his land, last weekend and rolled his tractor on a hill, & may still be recovering. He’s very lucky it wasn’t more serious, & is no spring chicken! I’m not sure how much one of the local “retired” farmers does to help him, but I know he’s starting to do some things for himself again now, so we’ll see.

        I love that the little calf helps himself, he’s very spirited, & definitely deserves to be a survivor!

        My pleasure, Sue, it was a lovely post! 😊

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  5. Maureen Helen

    Wonderful photos and an entertaining post, as usual, Sue. I love your photos of animals, in particular, perhaps because I live in a city and have very little access to cows, horses, etc.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments Maureen. I never tire of waking up to them each day and when winter sets in and the fields are empty again I really do miss them.


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    1. I’m so glad I provided the inspiration and your photos are lovely as are your subjects. Thank you Selina. And apologies for my predictive text misspelling your name on on your blog! 🙂

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