Saturday, October 18, 2008

Camera Critters: Cow Penned In Trees


This past May we had visited a family cemetery for Memorial Day and explored the surrounding countryside. The railroad tracks you see are long abandoned. The trains would have been carrying coal from mines down to the Elk River near Charleston, West Virginia where it could be transported. Did you notice the tree now growing in the middle of the tracks? Down to the right of the tracks are some cows enjoying the shade as you can see in this next photo.
Getting closer I snapped a shot of this cow bedded down in among the trees. It was almost as if she had fenced herself in!
At the left of the photo you can see the bend of the road where we would leave the tracks behind as they continued on through the woods to nowhere. This is the same area I took some Watery Wednesday pics posted here.

I hope Becky from Twisted Fenceposts is reading this today. I 'met' Becky just recently in blogland and she grew up here in West Virginia near where I took these photos. She has a 'history' with cows so I hope she gets a laugh seeing this one. Becky is now in South Carolina and has a good sense of humor so check out her blog when you have some time.

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36 comments:

b13 said...

What a great expression you caught on that moo-moo!

Gattina said...

That's funny rails on a prairie and a cow sitting there, lol !
I put my Critters up tomorrow, it's not yet sunday here.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Those tracks have definitely been deserted awhile, for a tree to have grown to that size.
I hope to be taking a trip back to WV in the near future. I'm gonna have to take a drive out there and see if I can find the place you have pictured. Ooooo, scavanger hunt. Sounds like fun.
That cow looks like she was warning you to stay out of her fence!!! You know I would have heeded that warning!! tee hee
Thanks for the shout out!!!!

Neal said...

I think the cow was posing for you. :) I've only been to WV one time and really enjoyed it. It reminds me a lot of NE TN where Rose and I grew up. If I recall correctly, when we went to WV my wife, daughter, and I were sitting in a restaurant getting ready to order when this guy walks in and starts going around to each table and picking up the tips that people had left. The manager called the police on him.

dot said...

It would be nice if some organization built a bike trail where the tracks are. Beautiful shots! MOOOOOOOOre!!

June said...

I did notice the tree...always bittersweet to see things abandoned.

Dirk said...

Must have been abandoned a long time I think, by the size of this tree.

me ann my camera said...

I love old railroad tracks and often wander over some nearby my home. The tree growing in the middle of the tracks is definitely a statement of time passing by. Love your musical choices!!
ann

Indrani said...

Nice story of your shots!
Show how oft walked paths are abandoned and forgotten!

Ladynred said...

What a beautiful cow! Thanks for the visit.

Sandy Kessler said...

so very Wva sandy

Dar's Foto Faze said...

Great cow shot!. The pictures are really great.

Shannon said...

I can't get over how gorgeous an area you live in now! Just lovely. Maybe a move in that direction in order for me too in a few years! Wouldn't that be peaceful! =)

fishing guy said...

Carletta: Cool CC post and I'm sure Becky would stay far away from that monstrous cow.

Dianne said...

ya gotta fence those trees in! never can tell where they might take off to lol

I love these shots Carletta.

Sweet cow.

Janice Thomson said...

These are super shots giving a good sense of how much time has passed with the tree in the center and the overgrown woods beside the rails.

Anonymous said...

Time did not stand still here did it? Love the pictures carletta.
A farmer tells me that if rain is expected then, cows will lay down in their grass area. The rational is that their backs may well get wet, but the ground under them certainly will not.
Thanks for your visit and comments SWF.
http://bowledoverandout.blogspot.com

quilly said...

Judging from the size of that tree, I'd say the tracks have been abandoned for awhile!

AppleDebbie said...

I loved your photos and the cow definitely looks like she's telling you to keep your distance! Lol! Thanks for sharing!

ratmammy said...

very beautiful photos!

Jientje said...

A beautiful cow and an abandoned railroad track to make one very peaceful looking post, Carletta! Enjoy your weekend!

Lapa37 said...

Nice shots and narration love the cow.

Teena in Toronto said...

Not many cows in my 'hood!

Thanks for visiting me :)

babooshka said...

He's definitely posing for you. Great catch.

marLou said...

That's an interesting place and a nice story/pics.

Paz said...

How very interesting! I like the tree growing in the middle of the tracks. The cow, too! ;-)

Paz

lisaschaos said...

Cool cow! I love to listen to them. :)

Martha said...

Excellent photos - I love cows! Thanks for stopping by today :-)

Yen said...

Great photos! Love the green!Mine is posted HERE. Happy CC!~

Faye Pekas said...

I think the cow is singing.

Love the abandoned railroad.

R and J said...

That's very interesting posting, both text and pictures. Thank you for sharing!

Thomas Web Links said...

These photos reminds me of my childhood days. My very first entry is up as well. Take care!

Cheers,
Thomas Web Links

Willard said...

An excellent post, showing an unusual situation.

Also I like the photos of the flowers and the church in your recent posts.

Sue said...

Great pic, she looks so relaxed there :) Thank you for stopping by earlier :)

Marcos Santos said...

Carletta

I liked it very much that resumption of trees.
After all, the rails were occupying the ancient seat of them.

Misty Dawn said...

I love West Virginia! What a beautiful place!