Saturday, March 1, 2008

Goat Trix Pix

A young goat has two missions in life. One is to get to the food first, at any cost, and eat all of said food before anybody else does. A young goat's other mission is to always be higher than all the other goats and when that isn't possible, to be at least sitting on or near whatever might be different in the environment--be it an old tire, a tree stump, a body (live or otherwise) or the barest hump in the surrounding field. Today I took the flattened cardboard boxes that we'd set out as shelter for the goats on cold nights (they'd flattened each one in their attempts to fulfill their life missions to be highest) and laid them out on top of a dolly and against a tree stump just to keep the goats occupied while I shot them--otherwise they are too busy trying to climb me or to nibble on my camera strap for me to shoot them. Here is a little montage of their antics on the carboard. I have to say, the cardboard was a big hit with them after snack time today. The only other time they're this happy is when they're sucking down a warm Coke bottle full of Land-o-Lakes lamb meal replacer.

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The middle one above is my favorite. It's not easy to snap a levitating goat.

Joy! The mulberry tree has started to bud out with fruit! I love fresh mulberries. I did a pathetic job of shooting the mulberry tree last year, see them on the last page here, and hope to get some better shots of those small but beautiful berries this year. And, oh yum, I can't wait to eat the berries! Ripe warm berries right off the tree is heaven. We have a freeze predicted early next week. I'd be grateful for it, but will be very sad if the berries all freeze before they can mature.

These images and their larger counterparts are here.

Update: The freeze seems to have done considerable damage to the budding mulberries. They are pathetic this year.


Jean Levert Hood said...

It is so fun to watch the baby goats play! Neat shots, Genie!

Genie said...

Thanks for looking Jean!

Stardust said...

Cute pics. Thanks for stopping by my photo blog and commenting.

I love photography and carry my camera everywhere I go. I really need to post more of my own photos.

The photo of Tanner is gorgeous.

Genie said...

Thanks Stardust! I haven't seen Tanner is nearly a year now, I think. I should see about shooting her again. This was so candid and spur of the moment, makes me wonder what might happen if I shot her in better light and in a better setting. Hmmm.

I look forward to YOUR stuff! Don't forget that widget thingie or I'll never keep up. Please please?

Lymie Lisa said...

Thanks for all the nice comments on my blog! I'll have to check into the widget thing - it's something I've been wanting to do for awhile. I'll play around with it, and you can try it out and let me know if it works!

And I must say, those goats are TOO cute! I love all these photos. I think I'd just watch them all day.

Lisa :)

Anonymous said...

I’ve never see baby goats in fresh. Wish I can see them playing some day. When thinking about a four-legged animal, I would come up with a four legs stand straight stereotype. Your photos really captured baby goat’s playful nature and their multiple postures. Thanks for posting!

Genie said...

Thank you OrOne! They really are silly creatures, very very playful. They can be quite aggressive too, but for the most part, they're just fun.