Wandering cow

Turkish cow

7 Day Nature Challenge. Day 7

As we are the Wandering Cows, I thought it would be appropriate to finish off the challenge with one of our brethren, posing here in the Kaçkar Mountains of North East Turkey.

Thank you Joanne from Coffee Fuels My Photography for nominating me to do the challenge. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, although it did require a fair bit of discipline to sit down and get it done before taking off on holiday.

Spotted Cow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

Mist in the valley

It was a bit of a challenge, finding an image for the Nighttime theme of the Weekly Photo Challenge because I seldom take pictures when the light goes down. This one was taken as night was about to fall, with the mist clearing in the valley so that I could just see village lights on the other side.

Below is the same valley during the day – taken from the same vantage point, but in a different direction – from my earlier post, Picture Postcard Pokut. Between the morning picture below and the evening picture above, the day was a white-out.

~ Spotted Cow

Pokut. Above the clouds.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Trees in the mist

We spent a lot of the time in the middle of the clouds when we were high up in the Kaçkar  mountains. Many days were misty, and we could barely see the silhouettes of the trees lining the road. At first I didn’t like photographing in the mist because it obscured everything. But after a fashion – and watching what the others were doing – I came to appreciate its ethereal beauty.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

~ Spotted Cow

Cow Stories

Cows in the mist

Seeing as we are the Wandering Cows and I was in lots of pastoral places in rural Turkey, it would seem appropriate to include a post on cow pictures. Here are my favourites.  Most feature cows in the mist as we were up high and the clouds were low.

The people of the Kaçkar have two – sometimes three – homes, and they move up and down the mountain seasonally for their livestock to graze. In the summer, they are in the high pastures and many of these are not accessible in the winter because of snow.

I have decided that cows are more personable than other domestic creatures, like chickens for example. Cows have very engaging facial expressions and chickens do not ! Here in the Kaçkar, there are no fences and the cows roam freely, allowing me to get up close with the camera.

~ Spotted Cow

Cow in mist Cow with cowherdsCow peering out of pen

Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag

Kackar mountain scenery

The first thing you notice in the photo is the cow.  It’s there because I needed foreground interest. Plus it gave me a haughty look and I just had to take a picture with it against the jagged Kaçkar mountain peaks and the river zigzag-ing it’s way down the valley. Perfect for this Weekly Photo Challenge.

I don’t remember how high we were at this point, but we got up to 2700m later in the day. It’s really not what you’d expect of Turkey. But there you go. The world is an amazing and diverse place.

~ Spotted Cow