Photo a Day Challenge


This 2,000 lb. ox rested in the hot sun in the pasture of the Schulz Farm.  Known as bullocks by our Australian mates, oxen are commonly castrated male cattle that are well suited for agricultural work because they can pull heavy loads. They are heavier, slower, steadier and less excitable than horses.

14 responses

  1. you’ve done a great portrait, love it! Seems as if he knew who he is!

    July 20, 2011 at 5:17 am

  2. He looks gentle and heavy. Great job.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:28 am

  3. That bovine has the weight to be as BOSSY as she likes.

    July 20, 2011 at 5:46 am

  4. Hi Lois,
    He looks so relaxed. Lovely portrait of him. Have a great day!


    July 20, 2011 at 8:09 am

  5. I love the bottom teeth!

    July 20, 2011 at 8:15 am

  6. His coat is so shiny. He’s obviously well cared for.

    July 20, 2011 at 8:54 am

  7. Tammy

    Heavy and huge! He seems to be asking you “Got milk”?

    July 20, 2011 at 11:23 am

  8. A gentle giant at rest, he looks to have a thimble on one of his horns, what’s the story there?

    July 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm

  9. Steven

    Great image. I like the slightly agape mouth. You would think he would seek shade but perhaps brain size isn’t one of his strengths.

    July 20, 2011 at 7:04 pm

  10. my first thoughts were what a wonderful portrait, I’ve never seen an ox portrait – this is awesome.

    July 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm

  11. Bobbie

    Your photo reminded me of a story I can only vaguely remember from my childhood, about Ferdinand the Bull. I can’t remember the details, but he was a laid back bull who wanted to lie under a tree and smell the flowers rather than fight.

    July 20, 2011 at 9:45 pm

  12. I think he’s saying it’s hot out here in the sun and where’s my air-conditioned barn! Great capture especially with his expressive face.

    July 20, 2011 at 10:41 pm

  13. You would think he would seek out osme shade! You’ve really captured the essence of a hot day with his glistening coat and open mouth.

    July 21, 2011 at 4:46 am

  14. He does seem to be trying to say something. I like the rail fence, he could just walk right through it I imagine

    July 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm

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