Retrospective eighteen (August 2013)

Given the way in which blogs are presented, I am convinced that posts which reside more than a scroll or two behind the most recent are doomed to languish and to be forgotten. Because I believe there is value in looking at contributions from days, weeks, and even months ago, I present here a gallery of images presented during August of 2013. Perhaps it will be interesting to scroll through these and to compare them to those presented during this past month. Be patient, it may take several minutes for all of the images to load fully. Hovering over an image will reveal its title. Clicking one will take you to a carousel view and you can either move through the collection or click the links to read each post in its original form. Note that this is the eighteenth in my series of retrospective posts. You may find interest in taking a look at the retrospective from a year ago and if you missed any of the others, you can find them all by clicking Retrospective in the tag cloud in the sidebar.

21 thoughts on “Retrospective eighteen (August 2013)

  1. Your heifers are well grounded, literally and compositionally.

    I wish I could see a cardinal flower for real; the drought in Texas has suppressed them for the past couple of years.

  2. I remember all of these except “Thanks Nikon”. You made a photo of a leaf beautiful enough to stand on its own. The colors in nature are so soothing. As I’ve been updating my house over the years, I’ve tried to choose colors found in nature vs “unnatural ” ones.

    • You’ll have to forgive me Steve, Joanna and I have been without television for nearly a quarter century now and are so entirely out-of-touch with pop-culture (or anything that resembles it) that even a simple reference such as yours goes right over my head. I’ll assume that there was an add campaign which made use of a group of marching Holsteins to encourage kids to drink more milk? We are glad to know several dairy-farming families and once, when one of them had a daughter who was to be married out-of-state, we were asked to act as ‘relief milkers’ for an evening milking and we were happy to do so. We went over the evening before to get instructions on how to prepare for milking, how to milk the cows (free-stall), how to feed cows, take care of the manure, and then how to clean up and to see to it that all of the milk flowed to the right tanks and such. We thought it would be pretty easy. Well, I’ll tell ya … I’ve done all sorts of things around the farm … mostly of the stuff on the A-Z list, but an evening of milking cows was THE MOST DIFFICULT THING I think I’d ever done! Wow. The bending, the lifting, the cleaning, over and over and over and over … 65 times! Next time you raise a glass of milk to wash down a cookie, or pour a bit of cream into a cup of coffee, say a bit of a Thank You to those that have dedicated themselves to being dairy farmers! I know I do! D

      • Uh unh. You’ll need to forgive me for being so in tune to pop culture. 🙂 I do believe folks like you who don’t watch television or other pieces of the popular media are much better off than those of us with too much free time to be wasted on such things. As far as thankfulness goes, I am thankful for every thing I eat that comes from an actual farmer. We try to buy as much local produce as we can. When I buy beef at Whole Foods, I pick from the locally grown … meaning from New England … and we try to buy our produce from farm stands as much as possible. Right now, Mary Beth has a farm share that she enjoys very much. Having mentioned WF, we obviously do buy from large stores, but try to do so with a little information as to where it comes from, how it gets to us and what was done to it. But back to your suggestion … we do. 🙂 I tried milking a cow as a child. I remember it being very difficult. I hope you won’t tell that crazy bovine mob that I eat beef.

      • It sure is pretty old, David. I won’t post it unless you wish to see, but the chain Chick-fil-a has a series of commercials with cows doing all sorts of crazy things all of which ends with the message … “Eat mor chickin”. And yes, the more this goes on, the more embarrassed, personally at least, I am with how much television I have watched. My folks raised us with television … well, we were the first generation to be born with television … so it is in my blood, so to speak. We now only watch sports and cooking shows. 🙂

        • I do not deny that I was raised on television … for I certainly was. It was when our kids were young that we decided we should do without. It has not been a decision we (or our kids, now grown) have regretted. Once, quite a long time ago now, the four of us were out to dinner and the place had televisions strategically placed around the dining area. Within just a few minutes I realized that each of us was riveted to the screens. I said, ‘OK, everyone stop watching TV … let’s just talk … and, the first one to glance at one of those darn screens loses.’ Guess who lost the competition … almost immediately? I did! D

  3. That shot of the cows is one of my all time favourites of your photos David. It’s so dynamic and colours so clear and fresh. However there are quite a few intriguing shots in the retrospective gallery. Wonderful 🙂

    • Thanks Seonaid. The image of the cows has always been a favorite of mine as well. If I could shot that one over again however I’d be sure to include all of the shadow at the bottom. As it was, I was shooting through the wires of an electric fence and, if I had backed up to get that shadow, you would have seen those nasty wires. Ah well. D

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