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Here are a couple of shots taken inside the cow barn at Richardson’s Dairy.

“End of the Milk Line” (Holstein Dairy Cows) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 640, Antique Toning with Vignette

Hmmm, I¬†never seem to just take a normal image now do I? ūüėČ

“Cheesy Smile” (Holstein Dairy Cow) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/8, 1/250s, ISO 400, Antique Toning with Vignette

“Coy” (Dairy Goat Kid) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/8, 1/80s, ISO 200

The last time I went to Richardson’s Dairy, I was amazed to see the rafters of the cow barn filled with pigeons. It was really cold out that day and the pigeons were certainly smart to find refuge inside the warm barn.¬†

At the time, I made a mental note to return on a sunnier day with the hope that the sunlight pouring in through the roof windows would make a nice image (something like this… pigeons above with beams of light shining down on the herd of Holstein cows grazing and sleeping in the stalls¬†below).¬†¬†

Today I returned to the farm thinking THIS would be THE day to capture that 

“Cute” (Dairy Goat Kid) Nikon D300, 200m, F/8, 1/125s, ISO 200

image. However,¬†the light wasn’t all that great and with 60 degree temps, the pigeons weren’t even IN the barn but rather,¬†sitting outside on the electrical wires!¬†Sigh.¬†¬†

So, I hung with the cows for a bit waiting¬†for some divine inspiration to occur,¬†but when the stench reached an intolerable level, I decided to take a stroll around the grounds. ūüôā¬†¬†

The young calf’s roaming freely in the outside pen were sweet, but it was an adorable¬†dairy goat kid that stole my heart!¬†¬†¬†

Just look at this face!  

The li’l goat kept posing for the camera as if in its own impromptu photo shoot!¬†

“Flirt” (Dairy Goat Kid) Nikon D300, 200mm, F/8, 1/80s, ISO 200

Don’t these¬†look like they were shot in a studio??¬†

They weren’t.¬†

The little goat was standing just inside the doorway of an ingloo-shaped shelter made of thick plastic. Toplit and backlit, the inside glowed yielding this suede-looking backdrop.  

Cool!  

I could have photographed him (her?) all day long but, unfortunately, other stops were still on my to-do list. So, I bid the sweet little creature Adieu and went on my way.  

I smiled all the way home and then had to laugh when I realized¬†that goat was¬†the most cooperative model I’ve ever had! ūüôā

Flying away to warmer temps today…just a few days of R&R in the happiest place on earth before I am forced to face the rush of the holiday season!

“In a Horse’s Eye” (Norwegian Fjord Horse) Nikon D300, 105mm F/2.8G macro, F/7.1, 1/125s, ISO 640

I was clearing out my media cards for the trip and wanted to share this image with you. Animals are amazing creatures and I often wonder what is going on behind their beautiful, soulful eyes.

The trick here was NOT to capture myself in the reflection! Took quite a few clicks to achieve and fortunately for me, this gentle steed stood by patiently (and still) while I figured it all out.

From the cool demeanor to the toothpick in the mouth, this goat is definitely Italian!

"Howyoudoin" (Goat) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/6.3, 1/250s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

"Howyoudoin" (Goat) Nikon D300, 105mm, F/6.3, 1/250s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

Capiche?

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