Four years ago I had the best Christmas…touring a dairy. The photos I took are among my favorites. I hoped, (no, I longed) to return to the dairy, with my Canon 5D and improved photography skills. Today was that day.
I was well aware of the risks involved. Everything about me will smell like a cow—but I came prepared with a hat to cover my hair, old sneakers I don’t care about and clothes I wore two days ago that have been relegated to being ‘cow clothes’. I could have spent the entire day there if given the chance.
I walked excitedly down the dirt road… but I seemed to be spooking the cows. They backed away from the fence. I decided to walk slower and eventually they seemed to get used to me.
I like to think this one is posing for the camera.
Here’s a look at where the babies are kept.
They all have tags that indicate when they were born. Twenty cows are born a day.
Just look at that face!
As we walked by, they would get up from the ground, expecting to be fed.
The cows are milked three times a day—each milking takes just 5 minutes.
We could watch the milk passing through on this gauge.
Here’s a glimpse of the cows waiting to be milked next.
We could also observe how the udders were reduced in size after the milking was complete.
Here’s a view of their food — a delectable mix of over 10 ingredients including corn, alfalfa and molasses.
Feeding time for the cows.
The next series of photos are gratuitous cow photos because I couldn’t narrow them down to just a few.
How can anyone resist a photo like the one below?
Along our tour we found a few brown cows. I like to think that’s where chocolate milk comes from.
I can imagine the photo below being used to promote eating more dairy products.
Another brown cow.
I couldn’t resist getting a close up of the snout.
I happened to be at the right place at the right time with my camera for the photo below. Seconds later the cow dropped the cardboard and was reluctant to pick it back up for a retake. I was pleasantly surprised the photo turned out.
One final photo – Denise and the cows on Christmas Day.
Canon 5D Mark II, lens: 70-200mm
– Don’t forget to use the lens hood when you’re outdoors in windy conditions. I forgot mine… but that didn’t stop me from taking photos.
– Create adventures as often as you can with your camera.
– Be prepared! Have clothes ready for outdoor adventures.