Thursday, June 5, 2014

Wisconsin Fences, Cows, and a Horse



It was a beautiful, sunny day and I was on my way home from Rice Lake. When I saw these ladies, whom I see every time I go to Rice Lake, I wanted to get a few photos because you never know when the opportunity (meaning blue skies and nice weather) will present itself again. Depending upon the time of day, the cows may or may not be dotting the hillside. This herd of Holsteins lives a few miles north of us. The cows nearest the fence were all lying there so comfortably when I stealthily approached the fence with my camera. But sure enough, they all got up in unison and looked at me. I didn't mean to disturb their peace, but I guess I did.


What a classic look. I love driving past this farm when the cows and heifers are out to pasture. It is a large herd and they look so pretty lying out on the hillside or ambling about in search of the perfect mouthful of grass.


These cows live a few miles south of us, and the other day we had a downpour, as you can see. As I saw them walking around in the water,  I was worried that they might step out where it was too deep. Mr. Cranberry assured me that cows aren't that stupid. Good. That's good to know. Or maybe he didn't want me freaking out about the cows.


I'm looking at her; she's looking at me. It was a staredown. She won.


Just a couple miles from us lives this gorgeous dapple gray horse, one of the prettiest horses I've ever seen. And of course as I went to take the picture from the busy road (actually, a quick drive-by pic), the horse put her head down to get some of that new grass.

Note the rusty burn barrel in the background. That's a bonus. :-)


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Although I usually forget to do it, there is a chance that this post will be linked to one or more of the following: Treasure Box Tuesday  and Rubbish Tuesday and Tuesday with a Twist and  Knick of Time Tuesday (vintage)  and   Tweak it Tuesday and Adorned From Above  and All Things With Purpose and Home & Garden Thursday and Good Fences on Thursdays and  Time Travel Thursday and Freedom Fridays and Junkin' Joe and Vintage Inspiration Friday and A Favorite Thing Saturday 



50 comments:

Mike Biles said...

I suppose the cows aren't Fresian - now that the snow's gone? Must confess the shots reminded me of Pink Floyd's album, 'Atom Heart Mother'.

Buttons said...

Oh these are beautiful shots of things love. It is funny I was in Rice Lake last week I am sure it was not the same one as I am in Canada:)
Love the horse and the burn barrel. Hug B

Jacquelineand.... said...

What a gorgeous dapple grey! My grandfather used to raise Holsteins and one single Jersey; he said he'd always made sure to have one on the farm because of their beautiful eyes and wonderful milk.
Absolutely beautiful shots that bring back happy memories!

eileeninmd said...

Lovely images from your pretty day! I love the first shot of the cows and the last shot of the horse! Awesome fence scenes! Have a happy day!

podso said...

That second photo is particularly stunning with the buddy in the background!

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

What is it about cow? They are just so serene and soothing. Great photos. xo Laura

Jenny said...

They definitely have Dutch ancestry. I just love the cows who seem so interested in you. xo Jenny

Diane said...

Love the pics-- thanks for sharing. Dapple grays are not all that common; at least not around here. Wonder what his/her name is??

TexWisGirl said...

love the holsteins! cute cows and heifers enjoying fresh pasture! sweet, sweet horse, too! just camera shy. :)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

LOVE the scenes here!! Especially the gray dappled horse [my horse was a roan...but my mom's horse was a dappled gray just like this one]

bj said...

awww, Judy....you got some great shots here. I love those black and white cows, too....
xo bj

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

Great fences and Mooooo cows included.


Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

The first photo looks like a painting, titled "Wisconsin" :-)

marilyn said...

i love the curiosity of cows...they will come right over to take at look at what you are up to...

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Judy, you are making me sigh again and long for rural life!

Amy Burzese said...

I like cows with my fencing too. And what if they get stuck in the mud!? Oh, no.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Wisconsin cows are the best!!!! My grandpa always wanted to be a cow, he thought they had an easy life. Enjoy your day....

Karen said...

A beautiful lush field. Cute cows!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

What lovely cows! Pretty enough for a calendar pic.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

What lovely cows! Pretty enough for a calendar pic.

Terri D. said...

I had to giggle about the cows getting into deep water. When we go on airboat rides, cows can be found in the lake, eating some kind of grass that grows in the shallows. I always worry about the alligators getting them! I've watched too many westerns, with cows swimming across the Rio Grande, I guess. I have never worried about them getting into deep water.

As always - love your photos. They make me long for a quieter, more simple life. I'm a farm girl at heart, I think.

RobinfromCA said...

Cows in a grassy meadow are the epitome of that "bucolic country scene" we read about in books and poetry. I love the horse. Such a beauty!

Rose said...

I have sure been getting enjoyment from the fence shots I have seen this morn...yours just adds to the joy. I love dapple gray horses, too...don't know why. And I love the shot right above him, too, but must say I enjoyed them all!

Debby Ray said...

So many kindred spirits here who love cows (and horses) grazing in the pasture! Just to watch them makes all the cares of the world fade away...beautiful photos!

September Violets said...

I grew up with Holsteins grazing across the road. They used to walk through the willows, across the creek and back home during the evenings for milking. This was long before I had a camera, but I always liked hearing them crunching through broken twigs and seeing their dappled shapes through the shade of the trees. You got some nice shots of these lovely ladies ... and dappled grey looks sweet :) Wendy x
PS We were always told when you see cows all lying down it means it's going to rain.

Debbie said...

nothing like a fence keeping cows or horses in....and me out!!

really pretty images!!!

Ruth Kelly said...

That is a beautiful dapple gray horse. I was wondering why you put your name across its face and then it dawned on me - that was a fence post across there.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

The horse is a beauty! I really love your shots, especially that first one of the cattle dotting the landscape.

Carla from The River said...

It is rare to see cows out and about anymore. You are lucky to have some close by. I always comment when we see cows out on pasture.
Fun photos. :-)

Valerie said...

Your pictures are always so lovely. Such a pretty post. Blessings, Valerie

Roan said...

You found some nice looking critters behind those fences.

Primitive Stars said...

Hi, love the cows, look so sweet and great fences too, Francine.

L. D. said...

Lots of cows and one horse. Great photos.

Ida said...

Well those cows were certainly aware of you and that camera. They are nice looking cows. I feel for the ones in the mucky looking water but apparently they were okay with the situation. Darn that horse for looking down.

Pamela Gordon said...

I love that first photo - so pastoral. I love to see cows out in the fields. Beautiful photos of them and the fences and the rusty barrel. :)

Brian King said...

Beautiful! That's classic Mid-west!

Lynn Blaylock said...

Great pics of the country side..makes me think of a commercial..Happy cows make happy cheese..Have a blessed day!

Felicia said...

Love your rural photos. Looks like great farming country to me.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love that dapple gray and your beautiful scenery! Enjoy your evening my friend! Hugs!

LV said...

I believe they enjoyed having you take their picture.

Stephanie said...

I love all the cow images, nice horse shot too!

Cheryl said...

Love those sweet bovine faces!!

NanaDiana said...

What a great post with wonderful pictures, Judy. I always hated to have the cows around muddy water when I was a kid- it meant a sloppy mess when they came in for milking.

The horse is so pretty! xoDiana

Eileen said...

Lovely photos of the cows.
The horse is beautiful all be it camera shy :-)

Denise said...

Moo, enjoyed the pictures.

Trace4J said...

Love love your beautiful cow photos!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Woolie Blessings

Blackberry Lane said...

I love these pics, Judy. I hope you enjoy the upcoming weekend.

Karen S. said...

What a beautiful place and it appears they are looking back at you too!

Cynthia said...

What beauty you have captured, the second photo really show them beautifully. So many glorious sites by you.

Cynthia

J_on_tour said...

Some nice local shots of the cows. I'm worried if they couldn't get any grass to eat or could it be too wet.

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