Cows of the Cowichan

I haven’t really spent that much time around cows having grown up in large cities and having lived in areas where “cattle” aren’t really welcome in the neighborhood. Really about the only thing I knew about cows was that milk came from them and they sure tasted good! Interestingly, when I was quite young for some strange reason I collected cow postcards when we travelled. Maybe that was a sign of what my future might bring!

That all changed about 4 years ago when we bought our property just outside Duncan in the Cowichan Valley. We are now surrounded by cows, my neighbour has a few, another neighbour has dozens and every event you head to has a fair share. The Cobble Hill Fall Fair has cows, the Cowichan Exhibition has cows and every scenic photo in this valley seems to have cows… or horses.

I still haven’t got to the point of wanting to own a cow although we did have a few on our property last year to keep the grass under control. Needless to say, I have been photographing many cows in the past few years. A few notes I have made:

  • People love their cows; if you go to a fall fair they treat them like family,
  • cows have character,
  • cow owners are as friendly as cows,
  • considering their size, cows are very friendly,
  • they sure look good in photos! and…
  • they sure taste good!

So here we have it, a blog article about cow photographs. I will never claim to know anything about cows, in fact I can’t even tell you what type of cow produces milk and what type produces steak. But I am growing very fond of these gentle giants and will continue to chase them around pastures. Enjoy a few photos!

Pimp your cow, nothing like a good hair job - Cowichan Valley, British Columbia

Pimp your cow, nothing like a good hair job - Cowichan Valley, British Columbia

Up close and personal - Cowichan Valley, British Columbia

Up close and personal - Cowichan Valley, British Columbia

The cows in my yard last year, I have no idea what they are so don't ask! - Cowichan Valley, British Columbia

The cows in my yard last year, I have no idea what they are so don't ask! - Cowichan Valley, British Columbia

Smelling good, getting a bath before judging at the Cobble Hill Hall Fair - Cobble Hill, British Columbia

Smelling good, getting a bath before judging at the Cobble Hill Hall Fair - Cobble Hill, British Columbia

Don't mess with me! Keating Farm, Duncan, British Columbia

Don't mess with me! Keating Farm, Duncan, British Columbia

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6 Responses to “Cows of the Cowichan”

  1. Lynn says:

    I am also a city slicker, with no knowledge of cows, but I do find cow close ups nice and yours are very nice.
    .-= Lynn´s last blog ..Forest Reef =-.

  2. Diane AZ says:

    I love this cow post! Their faces are charming. I’m very glad to see them being treated so well.
    .-= Diane AZ´s last blog ..Skywatch – Around the Track =-.

  3. kevin says:

    Hi Lynn and Diane,

    They are good looking cows aren’t they? And yes, they are treated like pets!

  4. Deborah Godin says:

    Love your cow post. I would kill for long lashes like theirs!
    .-= Deborah Godin´s last blog ..MY AUTUMN RITUAL =-.

  5. Lisa's Chaos says:

    You do like cows! I used to live on a dairy farm and i was not fond of them when they got out of their pasture and into my yard and on my porch! But I admire them now. :) I had fun snapping photos of cows with ice on their noses last winter. ;0) Today we went into pasture with some Angus (beef cows) for some engagement photos. :)
    .-= Lisa’s Chaos´s last blog ..Skipper Macro Monday =-.

  6. kevin says:

    The long lashes are very impressive. As for living on a dairy farm, I think I’ll pass. While I enjoy cows I can’t imagine living with them full time!

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