It never fails that the times that I leave my phone or camera inside when I go to the barn, that is the time when the animals decide to have a Kodak moment. This morning was one such time. The temperature was only in the single digits this morning so I was in a hurry to get out to the barn to get water to the animals. In my hurry, I forgot to bring my phone with me to the barn. With the bone chilling cold and being so bundled up, every task was difficult. I had on my wool glove liners and hand warmers under my Frosty Grip gloves. I had to remove the gloves to open the rabbit cages and change out their water bottles. I worked as fast as I could, but my hands hurt so bad that I only finished one cage before I had to put the gloves back on to warm my hands.
As I was rushing around to fill the chickens and ducks’ water, from behind me I hear mama barn cat coughing. I turned to look and saw three of her 6 month old kittens rush over to her as if to see if she was alright. Ariel, a Babydoll Southdown ewe, then walked over, bent her head down and pushed one of the kittens out of the way and then came the Kodak moment. Ariel gently touched her head to the head of mama kitty as if comforting her. It was so touching to see the interaction between the mama cat and her kittens and between the cats and the sheep.
The ewe’s relationship with cats is quite different from that between the cats and the rams. My wether, Amos, chases them off every time they stray into the rams paddock. On more than one occasion, I have witnessed Jynx, our black kitten, being chased by Amos and leaping on top of the rams shed to escape him. Oh did I wish I had my camera the morning that Amos had Jynx trapped on top of the ram shed and Jynx kept poking her head over the roof to see if he had left yet, only to have him ram the shed and nearly knock her off the roof. Cat claws don’t hold well on slanted metal roofs.
I love taking photos of the animals, but find it hard to capture those moments that tell the story. An opportunity for a great short occurs, but by the time I unzip my pocket and whip out my camera, the animals have moved on. I am looking forward to warmer weather so that I can spend time just sitting on an overturned bucket and observing all my barnyard critters and hopefully get some awesome new photos that tell the story of life here at the Ozark Homestead.