It’s not often that I crawl out of bed before dawn. But several weeks ago, I was intent on capturing a few early morning sunrise shots at Mt. Jeez, near Malabar Farm State Park, one of my favorite spots to hang out and take in the view. Known as the highest point in Richland County and in the entire state of Ohio, it does offer a great view, but I didn’t find the sunset shot I was looking for. Instead, I found cows. Dozens of cows.
When I didn’t find the top of the hill to offer the vantage point I was seeking, I hopped back in the car and drove a hundred feet to a turnoff that lead to a gated pasture. I was intent on snapping a photo of two calves that were separate from the rest of the field, but the speed in which the landscape changed surprised me.
A single “moooo….” reverberated across the pasture, quickly echoed by one, then two, then several more cattle. I stood, transfixed as the cows began to steadily make their way towards the gate and realized that the mooing was a call to breakfast.
The were only spreading the word across the fields and it meant business. I can only imagine how disappointed they must have been to find me, armed with a camera versus a field hand donning food buckets.
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