Thursday, January 21, 2010

Forest grazing

This is a rare view nowadays. Farmers used to let their cattle browse in the forests - cheap but risky because wolves and lynxes had little else to hunt as their natural prey was outcompeted by these efficient grazers. I drew these cows and calves from photos taken before World War II, after which everything was modernized. I think these oldfashioned breeds are more beautiful than the high-producing ones.

5 comments:

Cecilia - Vi tre o trädgård said...

Jag brukar njuta de gamla lantraserna på Kulturens Östarp, där de betar i (den förvisso hägnade) fuktängen nedanför Gamlegård. Där är r i k t i g t vackert. Tycker mycket om dina bilder och din blogg Måns!

Jose A. Sencianes said...

Fantastic colorfull and brush style Måns. Greetings from Spain

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

I just love this. It is for me a moment from my childhood. You have a lovely week.
Warm regards,
Simone

Måns Sjöberg said...

Thanks for your comments! It is a pleasure to have you as my guests.

Dougalis said...

Not just colourful but geniously composed too.
Which particularly attract me is the strong side lighting!
It's very interesting to see how close related are these old domestic breeds to their ancestor Aurochs.
Look at these horns and body shape!

Great!!

Paschalis