Photo #N18-26

Radioactive Cattle

This is what happens when you've been on the road for several days with hardly any sleep. I was driving along a lonely gravel road by moonlight when I noticed a herd of cattle in a passing field. I remembered someone telling me that cattle sleep standing up so I wondered if I could sneak up close enough to light paint a cow before it woke up and wandered away. I pulled over and quietly approached, only to discover that these cows were very much awake and quite curious about all the commotion. I set up my tripod and tried a shot anyway. Shining red lights on cattle makes them Moo like crazy! I had the micro-cassette recorder I use for exposure notes with me, so you can hear them by clicking here. You can also hear me turning the spotlight on and off as they respond enthusiastically in bovine dialect. In retrospect, I suppose the whole exercise was rather silly, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.


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