Portraits: A Perfect Pair

I was browsing through my file of favorite critter photos earlier today and came across this image that I made back in March 2018, at the annual livestock show that is held on the showgrounds in the little community of Kumeu, which lies to the northwest of Auckland. I was enchanted by the obvious trust, respect, and fondness evident between this venerable rancher and his favorite bull. I had every intention of including this in a post at the time, but I see that I did not. So it’s long overdue, and I’m happy to bring it to you now.

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31 Responses to Portraits: A Perfect Pair

  1. Adrian Lewis says:

    Absolutely wonderful image, Gary! :)

  2. A picture to charm a veteran veterinarian.

  3. shoreacres says:

    Perfection, indeed. There’s obviously a story there, but the image stands on its own.

  4. Meanderer says:

    What a characterful image! I have the song ‘A four legged friend’ in my head now :-)

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, M, I often have a song stuck in my mind’s ear these days. I can easily see why that one came to you. Actually, I hope it doesn’t stay there for too long.

      • Meanderer says:

        Ha, ha! Can you tell me why ‘ Rhinestone Cowboy’ has been popping into my head every morning for the last week or so :-) :-) On second thoughts ………

    • krikitarts says:

      Would you like a new earworm? Your mention of Rhinestone Cowboy brought this to mind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETkzK9pXMio. (Just wait for the instrumental break!)

      • Meanderer says:

        That was wonderful and led me onto a morning of musical joy! I didn’t know that Mr Campbell had a version of one of my favourite songs: ‘Reason to Believe’, so I listened to that which led me onto other performers’ versions of the same song: Tim Hardin, Johnny Cash, the Carpenters, Neil Young (awful version!), then to my very favourite rendition by Rod Stewart. I then listened to Glenn’s Wichita Lineman – another favourite which always gives me goosebumps (in a good way), onto Tim Hardin’s If I Were a Carpenter, and ending with Donovan. I now have an earworm of Reason to Believe segued with Wichita Lineman; fab!!

      • krikitarts says:

        I’m so happy to hear that I helped you into a musical YouTube rabbit-hole–I love to do that too. And we share so many musical memories and artists that we like. Donovan was always a favorite, as was Paul Simon (better without Garfunkel), Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Dylan, early James Taylor–and, of course, the list goes on. I’d sure love to sit with you around a campfire some day.

      • Meanderer says:

        “Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose” ……… Love James Taylor.

        Oh, the idea of a sing-along around a campfire is wonderful!

      • krikitarts says:

        That’s one of my all-time favorites of his! It’s now stuck in my head again, and I’m going to sing it at my next meeting with the local Devonport Folk Music Club. Wish you could be there!

      • Meanderer says:

        Would you consider making a video – or audio version – and uploading it to WP?

      • krikitarts says:

        I’ve tried to include an audio clip in a post but my cheap (free) version wouldn’t let me. If I have to upgrade to a paid version to keep using the Classic Editor, I’ll remember your request and see what I can do. How kind of you to ask!

      • Meanderer says:

        Ah, that’s a shame. Interesting that one has to pay to upload an audio clip but that a youtube vid can be posted for free – well, I didn’t have to pay on the odd occasion I’ve uploaded a youtube vid!

  5. I guess the owner was in love!

  6. Ms. Liz says:

    Unusual … what an engaging photo!

  7. What a super photo! This has brought a smile to my face this morning, Gary. Thank you :)

  8. What a sweet shot and they obviously have a wonderful relationship. I hope the bull was a blue ribbon winner…not that it would matter to either one of them.

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