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Springing To Life

Springing To Life
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Copyright: Derek Hill (Derek) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 56 W: 25 N: 88] (311)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-04-02
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Canon Elph S200
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-04-03 6:57
Viewed: 4609
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just to prove I am seldom without my camera in my shirt pocket wherever I go :-),last night I had to assist one of our dairy cows in giving birth to a new calf.With the calf already on the way out and only one hand available to shoot blind,there was little time for composition in this series.But I thought some of you might be interested in sharing this special moment that we see on a regular basis on a dairy farm.
Normally,an adult cow will go into contraction and calve on her own but sometimes we must step in to help when the calf is too big or the mother just doesn't want to "push".
In these cases we use this metal device which fits against the cow with a rachet winch on the pipe.Stainless steel chains are slipped around both feet of the calf and attached to the winch.
Then,with each contraction from the cow,we crank a bit on the winch(slowly to not damage the inside of the cow)until the head and shoulders are out.At this point,we must start cranking much faster to insure a speedy and safe exit.This is when I must put my camera aside:-)
The calf does not start breathing until it plunks out onto the straw bed and then the farmer can breathe a sigh of relief and silently admire the miracle of new life.Within seconds,the mother is up and turns around to lick the calve clean.The bleeding you see is not serious.The rest of the placenta will soon come out and the cow will join the rest of the cows in providing milk for all you thirsty consumers:-)
Some may not find this very pretty but this is as real as it gets.
Earlier in November,I posted THIS photo in TE of another calving moment.
To view the larger version, click HERE

Luko, Judy, nwoehnl, Jep, jrj, Riz, ninadev, zto, mortijo, Avigur, gaetantgp, Rinie_hoff, Catcher, KSD, freddd, flip89 has marked this note useful
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Wonderful moment you have assisted, Derek! You made a wonderful reportage. Congratulation!

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  • Luko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 53 N: 198] (445)
  • [2004-04-03 7:04]
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Amazing, "trekearth quality" content!

This is the kind of scene few people would think of shooting IMHO, unless for professional purpose. Do you now carry a camera thinking of TE?

TE's has modified a part of our life, we now have a daily life photographer -with a virtual assignment- growing inside of us...

Wonderful moment. It's the life miracle. Very nice sequence of photos. I have no words to comment.... :)

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  • Judy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 159 W: 95 N: 154] (531)
  • [2004-04-03 7:14]

Your note is very interesting and compliments the shot nicely. It makes me feel as though I was right there watching this miracle. Nice one.

A stunning documentary of this wonderful moment, Derek. Kudos for having your camera at hand, the result is just stunning. Together with your note a very fine piece of education, thanks for sharing!

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  • Jep Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 16 N: 97] (585)
  • [2004-04-03 7:42]

I know this - be course I'm born and raised on a farm - And even been the one to pull the string - thanks for sharing this memory - and miracle.

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  • jrj Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 14 N: 82] (724)
  • [2004-04-03 7:57]

Great job here Derek. Impressive ducomentation. A new life born..

Thanks for sharing this precious moment. WE hafe all seen I'm sure cows giving birth on TV but personally I've never seen such a device to help the cow. This calf is now part of the TL family.

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  • zto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 916 W: 122 N: 24] (14)
  • [2004-04-03 9:23]

Wow Derek, impressive documentary work and a very intresting note. Thanks for sharing the "daily life" on a farm.

Wow! This is so awesome I don't know what to say. I really think you should share this photo with TrekEarth too. Perhaps leave it here a for a while, then transfer.
Considering the one-handed camera position, these series of shots have turned out remarkable well. Well done.
Just curious: Why no vinyl glove.

This si a great moment, Derek, captured perfectly by you. A very good idea to post a photgraphed story on a large version. Very well done.

Very nice shots Derek, taken by gentleman farmer and photographer. Thanks for sharing with us...Gaétan

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  • ilouy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 63 W: 18 N: 57] (760)
  • [2004-04-04 11:40]

I surely have assisted to a similar scene when I was 2 or 3 years old because my father was managing a farm, but I do not remember it since I was really young. It's a pleasure for me to look at your pictures, at this little "life" story.
Very interesting shot and note. Thank! :-)

Wow! What a capture Derek. I too live on a farm and witness this miracle occasionally, but you composed it so well here. Great idea the panorama. Very well done.

Good documentary style of photographing. I used to come on a dairyfarm every day, and have seen iot often, but you manage to make it into a good documentary. Yoyr notes are great. I agree with cloverstar, this could be posted on TE as well

Fantastic! Do you work for National Geographic? Cause i´ve seen this there and you did a great job! The note is also very good, complete and makes the perfect combination with the picture!
Well done

Hey Derck
Wonderfull job,brings back a lot of memories from my younger days groing up in the Azores,we had afew cows and a lot of times I had to help deliver. We did not have the winch tought!
Thanks for the reportage

Great stuff, Derek! I used to do this when I was still a practicing veterinarian (just one of my incarnations in this life, a mixed animal practicioner). As for the photograph, it is actually quite tasteful ... it could be more 'ghastly' if taken by others, I think.

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2004-07-18 15:53]

What can I say Derek... good idea to create a photo-story of this birth. Well done, TFS

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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2005-12-17 8:43]

Great job. Thanks for useful info.

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