Monday, June 21, 2010

Peaceable Kingdom


The cattle in the pastures beyond the Mayan Riviera remind me of Edward Hicks and his Quaker paintings that espouse 18th century Quietism.
As my sister and our little tour company traveled the backroads, we encountered cattle casually chewing their cuds in the company of birds. Apprarently, the cows are happy to accommodate the birds who peck away at their hides, feasting on insects and parasites they find there--a benefit for both,
 a happy exchange.
Wouldn't it be lovely if everyone on earth 
could get along so peaceably?

19 comments:

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

I love watching the ibis (?) around here hanging out with the cows! Great shot, girl!

S. Etole said...

What a contrast in "power." The lion shall lie down by the lamb ...

Linda P said...

What an inspiring scene of quietude and harmony. Thank you, Becky, for capturing this example of peaceful co-operation. Thought-provoking.

Shellbelle said...

Yes, these are Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis) and the symbiotic relationship between these two species fascinated me enough to write a paper on them for a class I took about 5 years ago.

I saw this all the time in Florida and when I visit my cousin's farm just a couple of hours from, I love going to where the birds all roost together at the end of the day when the sun is setting. 1000s of what we call "cow birds" in the trees at one time. It is a sight to see!

lakeviewer said...

Beautiful relationship!

Dimple said...

Great shot, Becky!
I have seen a similar relationship here in Idaho. The birds are not so beautiful, but they perch on horses and cattle and do the same job as the ibis.

Jeanne said...

I always find it so fascinating to watch animals and equally to take photos. I captured some cows yesterday and was so excited! This is a lovely shot...well done!!

Jeanne:)

Susan Erickson said...

I took tons of similiar pictures myself on the Mayan riv...I love the cows big droopy ears...what a lovely tranquil moment....

Jeanne Klaver said...

This is amazing! I love the way nature teaches us. Great photo! Thanks for checking up on me. I've been traveling (for work) and hope to catch up on blogs this week.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

Indeed, wouldn't it be lovely?

Looks like a lovely summer day.

RuneE said...

You have made a nice point A bit of symbiotic activity would be nice. Parasitic is not.

Dimple said...

Hi Becky,
I'm glad you found that upgrade; I didn't even know about the old editor. And thanks for the compliment on my blog revision. I was tired of the old look, so I experimented with Blogger in Draft. I like the result, too!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

ah.. Becky.. a symbiotic relationship!!! fabulous..

Love those cows!! and your photo.. not sure what it is about cow images I like.. but they always catch my eye...

Thanks for your kind comments.. and sorry I am such a slow blogger these days... albeit a lucky one!! take care my friend.. xxx Julie

Pooch Morning Glory said...

what a great photo ! looks like a win/win situation
~laura x

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

Yes, and we use to! Such amazing post and I was just thinking about this the other day! Continued enjoyment on all you are doing!

Jane said...

Beautiful photo! I love watching cattle...and the egrets who hang with them. They always look so peaceful.

Thanks for casting your vote. What I did not mention was that followers of TWLOHA cast enough votes to win a full page ad in the weekend addition of USA Today...great exposure! I hope many people learn about this group. Theya re doing some amazing things...
Hugs,
Jane (artfully graced)

ELK said...

they LOOK peaceful!!

Julie@beingRUBY said...

HI Becky
Just popped back to say thanks for the lovely comment.. so glad you enjoyed this month's moon post.. You know I wish on the moon too!!! xxx Julie

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