Longhorn Cow Picture Study

When I was in elementary school, my teacher had a collection of paintings by famous people. She would give us each a copy of the picture in wallet size, as I remember and the purpose of it was to do a picture study. We were to write a small story about the picture from our viewpoint. We collected these in a notebook and had a nice collection by year’s end.

It is one thing to take a passing look at a portrait or other painting but it is all together different when you stand in front of the picture and study the people, what they are doing, the background and then imagine why they were there and the thoughts they were thinking at that time.

So I decided this year I would take a significant picture weekly and write a piece about it. My year’s goal has gotten off to a rather slow start, however, as you can see it is February 1 and I’ve not shared one picture study.

That is about to change. Last week, as I returned home from substitute teaching I made a little detour to pass by a farm that I knew had Texas Longhorns. And by the way, I just love these creatures.

Texas State Farm Animal


Longhorn cows on Blayney ranch.

The Texas Longhorn has long been a mascot for Texas and I used to think it was nothing more. My first stent as a Texan was living in Houston where you had to go to a rodeo to see a farm animal.

Then in 2010, I moved to a rural area of Texas outside of Tyler, Texas. I rented a small farmhouse in Frankston and my landlord lived on several hundred acres and guess what? I saw my first live Longhorn.

These guys came in from pasture in early evening.  The long shadows to the right distinguish evening shadows. The Longhorn cows do not have specific markings to their breed. Looking at these two cows, it would appear that they are different breeds. The horns vary greatly in size. The horns on these particular cows are medium length.

I’m wondering what they are looking at but have a suspicion that they are waiting for the rest of the herd to return to the feeding lot from the pasture. Or maybe they are watching the sunset. Cows usually stand with their rear against the wind, particularly if it is cold. But this day seems sunny and mildly warm.

So good night Longhorns, rest well and enjoy pasturing tomorrow.



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