Thursday, April 5, 2012

Beef Cattle in Bluebonnets II

Last year at this same time, our neighbor's herd of beef cattle came through their fence into our hay field to romp, stomp and tromp through the bluebonnets. We had a repeat performance last week. I guess the heady aroma of thousands of blossoms is too much for them.

Their bull is always the instigator / fence bulldozer (pun intended). I think I'll just call him 'Ferdinand' from now on since he loves the flowers.


Then there's 'The Looker'. She ALWAYS keeps a watchful eye on me - as if I'm invading HER territory instead of the other way around...


She's a good mama, though. Her calves seem to be as vigilant as she is...


Browsing and carousing.




and fertilizing...
Running and playing.
 Kicking up those heels.

Can't blame 'em. It is beautiful in the morning sun.



Can you stand a few more cattle shots?


Daddy, Mama, Baby

"Baby, where are you going?"

"Baby?"

"BABY!"


No worries, Mama Cow. Daddy Cow isn't far away.





Happy to keep watch over things.
 Thankfully, Neighbor comes when called. And so do his cattle when he calls them back home.


The End.

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124 comments:

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Ferdinand is motivated, he wants to take the family out to a nice dinner.

FOREST SNAPPER said...

Great shots...it all seems to happen around you ...Bad weather and now cattle...I think id rather have the cattle...how did you get them out ?

Linda said...

Loved this photo essay! I grew up in the country, around cattle, but I honestly didn't remember that the mamas had horns too! Maybe I am just getting old and the memory is going...anyway, I enjoyed all the photos - hope they didn't completely ruin your bluebonnet field - I loved the photos of that field!

Betty Manousos@ CUT and DRY said...

what a handsome bull! i like his name, too!!

great shots!

xo

Jill said...

These are beautiful shots and your commentary made me chuckle this morning.

Charade said...

I had forgotten that most Texas cattle are not polled. Guess that's so they can all yell, "Hook 'em Horns!" They're a handsome bunch, but how do they get around that brand new fence?

ladyfi said...

Oh, how lovely and rural and so very pretty.

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Tex I know cattle have a tendency to believe the grass is greener on the other side but really! They really are beautiful! The bulls are pretty impressive. Good Morning Tex!

V.L. Locey said...

I recall my mother having the same thing happen with her neighbors beefers. Her yard was a mess after they got done wallowing through it!

thesedaysofmine.com said...

What gorgeous photos! So typically Texas....

Sandra said...

the fields of blue bonnets yesterday were fab, but i like them much better with the cattle. i laughed all the way through my scroll and would have been happy to keep scrolling. some of these are hilarious, the way they look at you makes me happy. i love that one with the short horns down at the end with the black and white ruffly skin around the shoulders. that bull is gorgeous. i would soooo love to wake up and find them in my yard. except they would not fit on my yard. keep the cows coming!!! if i were there with my camera I would need a new external hard drive to keep the photos on.

Lindsjö taxar said...

You have so green.....the bull is big...I wouldn´t meet him alone...
Happy Easter!!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I guess it's true, the bluebonnets are always bluer on the other side of the fence! :-)

What beautiful pictures, I can't believe how brave you are to get so close!

Lynne said...

Great photos as usual . . . and story like too. But I must admit, you had me at Ferdinand . . . I remember that story from long, long ago and a favorite for some reason. I am off to search out the book. For some reason I can remember loving the illustrations. Feeling like a "kid in mud."

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

Those are some healthy lookin' cattle there Theresa! Hope they didn't do any damage to your fence.

Since you named the bull "Ferdinand" it only seems fair to call "the looker", "Elsie", since she looks like the Borden Milk & Ice Cream cow.

Michael said...

a lovely rural traffic jam

Tammy said...

Too funny, that's a great story! I guess not much could stop those large creatures from going where they want. They sure are beautiful. The land that surrounds the wetlands (where I send alot of time) is the home to numerous cows and bulls; sometimes they make their way into the wetlands and it is so funny to watch the cowboys try to herd them out.

Melodie said...

Lol! I've had that happen here a few times too! Some one always comes looking for them!

Jan n Jer said...

wow the whole herd came to visit/ruin your bluebonnet field! Hope it's not too bad. They sure do keep a watchful eye..some of those shots look like she is ready to come after you!

CameraCruise said...

Great post with beautiful photos and text.
Love Ferdinand and the baby (as long as they're behind a fence).

Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Oooh, they were eyeballin' you girl! :) How do they keep getting in? Glad your neighbor is cooperative about getting them back home. That bull is sure pretty, but my favorite is the calf- so cute!

dr momi said...

I can just see you running with your camera to get the shots. ever mind that there is a BULL among them LOL!

DJan said...

That's a whole lotta BULL! And calves and mommas, too. I really enjoyed your pictures, and especially the little one giving you the eye...

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh he does look like a Ferdinand! My boys love that book :-)

Comment1 said...

Great story! I think The Looker was my favourite.

Joop Zand said...

A great serie photo's with nice light and lovely colors..... nice bulls.

Greetings, Joop

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

is the broken fence in the background of the last shot where they crossed?
is the grass green on your side? it looks beautiful to me... wouldn't mind living there, myself, except of the heat... can't take the heat! Texas is beautiful (in parts) but i wouldn't wish it on anyone! =0

Randy said...

The one looking into the camera needs a word bubble that says "Eat more Chicken!"

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Mama does not recognize fences or boundaries! She sure knows her job his to take care of her babies though! Can't blame Ferdinand for leading the charge -- your field is beautiful.

parker said...

Great pics and story. Nice to see cattle 'Belly Deep' in grass!

Nancy said...

Looks like Ferdinand wanted to take his family on an adventure and you had the best spot.....I know he appreciates your hospitality.....

Susan said...

That is the best story ever! These photos are so beautiful. It was a beautiful morning!

Linda said...

What a great series of photos. You caught an action shot of the one fertilizing. Baby was curious, eh? These are unusual looking cattle...like maybe a Brahman mixture of some sort. Hope they didn't do too much damage to the hay crop.

bailey-road.com said...

Ferdinand is a handsome bull!
Love this series and your narrative!

Hilary said...

Oh the young'un is adorable and so funny that you caught one in mid-plop. Great series, T. I had to laugh at the last one. My next post (Sunday) has a similar ending. ;)

islandwonder said...

Ferdinand is a handsome man. The Looker is darn funny.

A Quiet Corner said...

Ferdinand's horn remind me of our Billy's...the bull who loved to play "hide 'n seek" or should I say "tag, you're it"!...:)JP

Rose said...

You could have called him Tiny Tim since he is tip-toeing through the bluebonnets!

Actually, love these images...he looks like a big boy!

Judy said...

I looooove this post :) I just love seeing baby calves.

Patty Woodland said...

He must spend a bit in fencing, eh?

Val said...

The "Looker" and "Baby" are just beautiful...this was a wonderful series of life on the ranch! Thank you.

don said...

A fine series of the neighbor's bull, cows and calves.
I was wondering who returns them to their own farm.
The meadow is a marvelous looking place with the blossoms and nice sunlight.

EG CameraGirl said...

The cattle don't appear to be impressed by the bluebonnets, but I am!

Inger said...

A great photo essay!

Debbie said...

looks like the "looker" is raising a "looker"!!

WoW...photo overload today, and i LOVED it!!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

'Ferdinand'...I had forgotten that story. Loved it as a kid. I don't think you would grow tired of it if that land would stay green and lush like that all year 'round. Very nice.

Furry Bottoms said...

"and fertilizing..." LOL, I giggled at that one! :)

I am glad you and yours are OK. I was thinking about you when the tornados struck.

pattisjarrett said...

I've never studied cattle much, interesting creatures. That BABY is so cute! I'm glad I only have ducks grazing my yard, but I still have to watch where I step! Isn't it great when the blog post comes to you? :)

Martha Z said...

I think your neighbor owes you a few steaks and roasts for all that cattle feed.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Fun post and narrative with great photos.

ellen abbott said...

very pastoral. do you get free steaks for all of your grass they eat?

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Great series of shots, Theresa! Hope you were using a zoom on ole pretty boy Ferdinand and not too close!

SweetMarie said...

These are gorgeous pics Theresa! The "looker" is so pretty! I'll be back later to take another look when I have more time. :)

Evelyn S. said...

That is one big bull! The cow is one I'd probably keep my distance from....that wariness can turn to belligerence very quickly. I am so impressed by that lush beautiful grass! No wonder they came to visit.

rkbsnana said...

Best pics ever

Rita said...

Vigilance is a good survival quality...to pass on, too. ;)

Having such a scrumptious meal right over the fence...well, who could blame Ferdinand for wanting to provide for his family with a little outing--LOL! They are beautiful.

The fertilizing shot made me chuckle! ;)

Eyeliquor said...

Nice shots!!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Ok,I'll admit it,large farm animals scare me,but that bull is a beautiful animal.From a safe distance,that is. LOL

Tracy said...

Tex, I love that brown cow...my grandparents had cattle when I was young and all the grandkids had cows named after them. Now that I'm older I'm not so certain how flattering that was :)

Robin said...

T, what a nice looking little herd! Probably look even better on their side of the fence! All that lush green grass and sweet flowers must be a real attraction to them.
It's wonderful to see things so green there!

Grant Blakeney said...

That is what I expect to see from Texas! Very patriotic!

Nancy said...

Nice photo essay, Theresa. It looks so pretty there.

Angela Häring-Christen said...

I love your comment and your pictures.
That's a big bull.
A great serie.
Happy Easter
Angela

Genie said...

My questions for the day.....how many head of cable do you have, and are they all long horns? Aren’t you proud of your old lady student. I now know what a long form is...and it is NOT something you blow in an orchestra. I loved this story and all the pictures. We are constantly having to call folk up and down the creek telling them their cows are out in that road. How they continue to get thru those wiry fences I do not know...but they do it all the time. One of our friend hit one and it was not a nice scene. Holiday starts at 3:15 today...hoop-d-do. The kids and I are all in countdown mode. genie

Sylvia K said...

That's a whole lot of bull!! Love the young ones, but they're all great looking and I love your photos! They do remind me of Texas!

Giga said...

Chyba musisz zrobić mocniejsze ogrodzenie, żeby Ferdinand nie zjadał Ci kwiatków na łące :-). Pozdrawiam.
I guess you have to do a stronger fence that Ferdinand did not eat your flowers in the meadow :-). Yours.

Bob Bushell said...

Lots of grass for them there, and the end of life............ They are beautiful, brilliant pictures.

Andrew said...

Fantastic to see... that's a lot of beef running around.
The bull is a wonderful animal to see..

Pat Tillett said...

In the city, you get kids playing in your yard, in the country you get cattle! Very nice photos! You seem to have a good attitude about them frolicking around on your property...

Filip Demuinck said...

Lovely animals. Good shots, it is surprising that you can take so many pictures of the same subject and it remains fascinating.

Greetings,
Filip

Candy C. said...

Great series of photos! Ferdinand (perfect name) is one handsome fella and I love how Baby came over to the fence to see what you were doing! :)

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

LOVE all the cattle shots! Such a handsome crew all of them! Beautiful day, field...oh my!

Paula said...

*SIGH* I guess all you can do is hand them a fork and a plate and tell them to help themselves! *ha*
Love the picture of the cutie pie lil' calf, though!

Memoirsof Meandmine said...

Can't really blame them! LOL.
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Annette said...

Great pictures. I especially like the sequence with the calf walking away and mama looking concerned.

Pam said...

I love the sweet baby faces :)

Montanagirl said...

Terrific series! Check my blog, I posted one just for you today!! LOL

BlueShell said...

Oh ...that is annoying!

The photos...are ART!!! So clear...so delightful!

Happy Easter to you and yours…
BShell

KaHolly said...

The ride home fron N. TX last week was just beautiful with all the bluebonnets in bloom and a few patches of Mexican Paintbrush thrown into the mix. Have a wonderful Easter!!

Eva Ason said...

Oh I love these shots of the heard :) but bad that they always seems to barge in to your domains.
The curious cow looks funny - great shots.

Kathy said...

Where's the beef? At your house it looks like!

gtyyup said...

Handsome looking herd and the flowers are a wonderful touch!

edenhills said...

That is a nice looking bull. They do all look like they were enjoying themselves!

Carole M. said...

I'd wondered if they might've been toxic when you'd mentioned your horses don't eat them, but there you are, Mr. Bull is more than happy to devour them. Have they no bluebonnets in their fields? (We'd call them paddocks). So much lovely green feed ...

latebloomerbuds said...

Man I had to look twice...I thought Ferdinand had five legs! ;-) Margie

Tiago Braga said...

i like very much the 4 one, fantastic, grear colors

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi TexWisGirl, In addition to the "Dozer" action, the cattle are great leapers and can easily clear a regular-sized board or barbed wire fence. I've seen it in Oklahoma at a friend's old ranch. Have a pleasant Friday tomorrow!

Madge Bloom said...

SO gorgeous! Ol' Ferdinand... he's a looker!

Beth said...

i wonder are all the cows, calves & the bull ... would they be friendly? or run you down? what do you think? they look really well cared for. so shiny. love their colors. (:

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Theresa,

The word blue bonnets made me scroll faster and faster but in vain. BUT I did spot your closeup in the previous post. That is something so romantic and spectacular. Do all the four-legged realize this?!
Love to you and a Happy Easter.
Mariette

Barb said...

I'd roam, too, for a closer look at those bluebonnets. Looks like a well-fed herd. Wouldn't want to tangle with that bull!

Janie said...

Now what do ya do in a field of cattle when they are eyeing you like they are in these photos? Do you climb a tree? I love this set of photos, you live the good life there in the round house girlie. You make me laugh all the time. I should be blogging more!

eileeninmd said...

I like your name for the bull and the momma and calves are my favorites. Wonderful photos, have a great weekend and a Happy Easter!

Deb said...

well it made for a great photo op...very Texas...blue bonnets and cows..awesome job...

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

That is one beautiful herd with the bluebonnets in the background!! Ferdinand is a handsome and powerful man about town. blessings ~ tanna

Mamabug said...

That is one handsome bull! Love those cute little calves too!

Ruta said...

Beautiful shots!! The "looker" seems a little fierce though...

Barbara said...

These were awesome! Love that mama and her baby!

barbara l. hale said...

Wonderful photos of these contented looking cattle. I love the shot of the baby's face! It's nice to have people who come get their bull when it gets out.

Michaele said...

I think they just stopped by for their annual photo shoot amongst the bonnets. They sure are big boned cattle. The bull is awesome!

Kate said...

Even lumbering, clumsy animals cannot resist beauty!

On a road trip and finally am in a place with wifi, so I am temporary back to enjoy your blog!!

Linda R said...

I just love looking at these shots.
How crazy to have all those cows in your yard.. All we get here in the city is the neighbors cats every now and then.. And there is only one!!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Wonderful photos! Glad that bull comes when called... he looks quite formidable!

magda said...

Wonderful and so tender photos, of a beautiful nature!!!
I wish you a Happy Easter!

Nancy Claeys said...

Adorable baby... and the parents are pretty impressive as well. Great shots, T.

Thank you so much for sharing at Rural Thursdays. Have a wonderful weekend!

Catherine said...

Cows are cute.
xo Catherine

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Absolutely wonderful delightful & amazingly beautiful pics of the cattle. Wonderf why they are termed as "Beef" cattle? Are they reared only for the purpose of beef ?

wayside wanderer said...

Ah, some very nice family photos. Everyone likes having the picture taking in the bluebonnets!

JM said...

Wonderful animals! The one on top is amazing, just look at the size of that 'neck'!

Tanya said...

haha loved the story and the photos...ferdinand is a very appropriate name, loved that book as a kid...haha, the looker and baby, so funny...and "fertilizing" and i love your "the end" shot!

Betty Roan said...

Ferdinand. LOL He is a handsome dude, but sure wouldn't want to get on his bad side.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Good morning to Ferdinand and friends! These photos make me feel like I'm right there, T. Awesome shots. I wanted to stop and take pics of all the cows and their sweet faced babies last weekend on the way to Austin, but I was rushed for time. So happy you took these. Will there be a portrait of the bluebonnet babies?

Dianne said...

oh my!!
I love the shots of Mama and Baby staring at you

Jeevan said...

That's wonderful and i never seen beef bulls! Great bulls out there.

Marie said...

So happy to hear that all is well at the Ranch. I have friends in Texas still, but no one close to Dallas. I wasn't sure exactly where you were. Just happy to hear that your place wasn't hit!

I LOVED Ferdinand the Bull! It was the sweetest story. I think this is so cute...Ferdinand wanting to be in those bluebonnets! And that sweet, lush green grass, too! The cow and calf are so sweet too. Great pictures!

Lisa said...

Oh I loved these. Just beautiful all of them. Made my day and took me back to when we had ours.

Snapper II said...

You should be allowed to keep just one.
Fire up the grill I smell T-bone grillin.

georgettesullins said...

The end indeed. What stories! Well done.

Donna said...

Wow, that one bull is HUGE! And the little calves are so cute.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I had a smile from photo number 1, all the way to the ending photo~ Your world just seems so appealing to me, such fun things happen on and around the Run-Around-Ranch and always delighted to pay a visit~

bon bon said...

the epitome of "contented cows"! or cattle, as the case may be. :o)

LittleThingsOfLife said...

More fabulous shots of the cattle and bluebonnets -- and always LUV your captions!!! =)

Liz said...

HA!! I love those lookers!!

Random thoughts said...

Each picture is better than the other....I am getting hooked to your blog....

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