It was a beautiful fall weekend even with unsettled weather. It always amazes me when I feel it can’t be any more beautiful in the fall on a sunny day and then it rains and that day is the most beautiful ever. Rick and I traveled our back roads looking for cows and opportunities to photograph them for painting reference. A customer recently commented that it must be easy to get cow photos around Southern Vermont…it isn’t. Saturday the cows we found were either too far out in the field, heads buried in pumpkin/squash gardens munching away, lying down or in most cases standing firm with their back sides to us. Our last stop Sunday was the best farm yet. A large heard of beautiful cows. A few obstacles even with this great opportunity. Our camera lens isn’t strong enough and the fall cold wind made using even our cameras challenging. Might sound like I am complaining but I am not. The time spent visiting the cows was wonderful plus there was a very large pig who got himself out of the pen and was having a feast so we had a blast! Oh, I shouldn’t forget the chickens and turkeys that were around and easily photographed. One rooster I have already started a painting of. All and all we did get a few good reference photos of cows for new paintings I am excited about.