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Yesterday I came across a fold of Highland cattle in the forest. Aren’t they cute? They let me come close (I didn’t have any zoom lens with me) and posed very friendly.



58 responses

  1. Cool shots.

    January 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM

  2. justmusing

    Yes! very cute & handsome ; ) thank you!

    January 27, 2013 at 12:02 PM

  3. They are wonderful creatures. It’s great that you were able to get so close!

    January 27, 2013 at 12:44 PM

  4. Liana

    on the Black Isle, these are “Heilin’ coos” ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 27, 2013 at 1:01 PM

  5. I love Highland cattle. They make me want to live in a cold climate just so I could be around them. Almost. These are wonderful shots!

    January 27, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    • Thanks Donna! I love them too, but I’ve never been so close to them as yesterday. Now that I know where to find them, I’ll go back in the the spring to look at the newborns (with zoom lens, as not to disturb them), nothing cuter and than a baby highland! ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 27, 2013 at 2:13 PM

  6. Wonderful! You should definitely enter this in the photo contest this week!

    January 27, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    • Thanks so much, Tina! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll check out the link!

      January 27, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      • Checked, and pictures there are way out of my league! But thanks for the recommendation, it’s a huge compliment! ๐Ÿ™‚

        January 27, 2013 at 4:31 PM

  7. As long as those bulls stay friendly:)

    January 27, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    • After a while, a HUGE bull started walking towards me with his head lowered. Not sure if he meant to threaten me, but I left quickly just in case… ๐Ÿ™‚ Next time, I’ll bring a zoom lens.

      January 27, 2013 at 4:01 PM

  8. ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 27, 2013 at 4:14 PM

  9. Reblogged this on Scottish Heritage Society and commented:
    Wooly Beasties

    January 27, 2013 at 5:29 PM

  10. Wow, super shots!!!

    January 27, 2013 at 5:55 PM

  11. Love this!

    January 27, 2013 at 7:46 PM

  12. I just want you to know how mucho enjoy following your blog!!!

    January 27, 2013 at 8:21 PM

  13. How fast can you run Calee, if one or all had decided they were not that fond of an interlopper? These are really good shots of these cuties in their winter coats.

    January 27, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    • Faster than the wind ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I’ve never seen a highland run full speed, so not sure if I could outrun one. Usually they’re very shy, I was surprised and very glad they let me come so close!

      January 28, 2013 at 7:14 AM

  14. So beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

    January 27, 2013 at 9:58 PM

  15. Wow! They are beautiful beasts, and I think you, Calee, are so brave. They look friendly – but those horns look BIG!

    Blessings ~ Wendy

    January 27, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    • Thanks sweet Wendy!! The horns are very big, but I love their friendly faces and thick coat. ๐Ÿ™‚ But I was probably a bit too close, next time I’ll bring a zoom lens!

      January 28, 2013 at 7:17 AM

  16. At first I was…Calee RUN !!! But ok..I guess they are harmless after all. These are awesome, are the domesticated? You captured them well, it’s not easy to do. ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 28, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    • Thanks so much Emily! They are not domesticated, but this group must be used to humans, otherwise they’d never let me come this close! ๐Ÿ™‚ But I read later that you shouldn’t go any closer than 25 meters, and I was about 1,5 meter away from them when I took the pictures so that was too close. Next time, zoom lens!

      January 28, 2013 at 7:22 AM

  17. Great pictures. I think I’d be a tad nervous around something like that with horns.

    January 28, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    • Thanks Sensei! ๐Ÿ™‚ Big horns but also big friendly faces! I wasn’t nervous but I watched them carefully and was ready to run should I’ve needed to!

      January 28, 2013 at 7:23 AM

  18. I hope you had a red cape with you in case you had to play a matador. Wonderful shots–I’ve never seen cattle with such a wooly coat.

    January 28, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    • Of course, a red cape is part of my standard equipment when I go for walks in the forest! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks Mike!!

      January 28, 2013 at 7:26 AM

  19. Great pictures . These are magnificent beasts. And in a brilliant setting. Love it! Well done. ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 28, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    • Thanks so much John! ๐Ÿ™‚ I appreciate your kind encouragement a lot!

      January 28, 2013 at 1:53 PM

  20. Great shots! Love the contrast of the cattle against the snow. Beautiful.

    January 28, 2013 at 2:23 PM

  21. Adventures in Kevin's World

    Photo #1 is my new favorite of pictures you have posted. Que linda!

    January 28, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    • Que lindos, no, Kevin? Gracias por tu comentario ๐Ÿ™‚

      January 28, 2013 at 5:16 PM

  22. These are great. Wonder what those two are thinking, lol. ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    • They’re probably sighing, thinking “bloody tourist..!” ๐Ÿ˜‰

      January 28, 2013 at 5:19 PM

  23. Yep…they are very cute!

    January 28, 2013 at 4:58 PM

  24. You’re very welcome. You certainly have an eye for a good photograph. It’s a pleasure to be able to look at your images.
    Thanks for sharing them with us – and keep up the good work.

    January 29, 2013 at 12:27 AM

  25. Wow, what a gorgeous series of photographs; I love the beautiful contrast between the snow and thick brown coats of the cattle. Very impressive series of photographs; keep up the great work. ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 30, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    • Thank you so much Konstantine! ๐Ÿ™‚ I appreciate your kind comment very much!

      January 30, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      • You are most welcome and the compliments are thoroughly deserved. Keep on taking such wonderful photographs. ๐Ÿ™‚

        January 30, 2013 at 9:38 PM

  26. Don’t they just give one an almost prehistoric feeling ? Like a yak in Tibet ?

    February 4, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    • They definitely do! It’s like meeting a small mammoth! ๐Ÿ˜€

      February 4, 2013 at 4:49 PM

  27. The look they look
    the whole day through
    of chewing cud
    and barking Moo.

    I love these photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 12, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    • Bravo Paulette! ๐Ÿ˜€ I wish I could write like that! Thanks for the ‘likes’ and compliments!

      February 12, 2013 at 7:28 PM

  28. When I was studying in Scotland, a group of us were out one day and we came across one of these wonderful beasts and Isobel, a good friend from Aviemore exclaimed ‘it’s a heeland coo’. I’ve never forgotten it. Fabulous images. ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 12, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    • Hahaha!!! Brilliant! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks for checking in!

      February 12, 2013 at 8:46 PM

  29. Impressive photos of impressive animals!

    February 24, 2013 at 5:49 PM

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