Lens-Artists Challenge #248 – Mood
“Sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are.”Mark Haddon
This week Sofia has challenged us to share images that express moods in our photography. While I know it may be quite different than her original intent, I decided to share some images I made last week during a visit to a local “goatery”. It was great fun being out among the baby goats, most of them just days or a few weeks old. Like humans I found them to be quite expressive in the way they showed their moods. For example, the little fellow in the image above looked quite sad, while the one below seemed curious and inquisitive, if a bit shy.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”Albert Einstein
Some of the goats had already established their place as “king of the hill” / “leader of the pack” / “top dog” (or in this case, top goat!). The little one below seemed to have decreed him or herself as exactly that.
“Leaders emerge, they cannot be recruited.”Haresh Sippy
Anthropomorphism is defined as assigning human traits and emotions to non-humans. But who, I ask, SAYS that non-humans do not have emotions and moods?! It’s been shown that animals communicate, care for their young, form packs which in turn have leaders, and have emotions that in many cases are every bit as strong as our own. Why then, should we assume they don’t have as many moods as we do?! These adorable little goats were as playful and fun as any children I’ve known – jostling for position and continually engaging in games that any parent would recognize. Not unlike human babies, they seemed to be constantly hungry. Interestingly it seemed they didn’t care if the source of their milk was their own mother or any female in the vicinity with a reasonable supply!
“Nourishment comes in many forms. So does happiness.”Ranjani Rao
Of course since the goatery shares its home with a number of other farm animals, we were entertained by them as well. For example, there were quite a few chickens as the farm has a large egg business. This one seemed particularly proud of her work. I learned that the red comb typically denotes that the chicken is in “lay”.
I used the image in a birthday card I sent to a good friend. I wished her an “egg-cellent” birthday. She replied with a much more clever caption “You mean I have to pack them TOO?!” LOL, wish I’d thought of that!
Can you guess the caption of the next image?
“Actually, I’m an excellent liar. But what I’m really good at is appearing appropriately sheepish and adorable after I’m caught.”Julia Quinn
Finally, one of my favorite animals of the day (except for the baby goats of course!), the most contented, laid-back, relaxed fellow ever. Although I can’t be sure, I’m thinking he may have sired some of the goats with similar coloring. Maybe that’s why he looks so contented 🙂. Gotta love that smile!
“We need to regard relaxation as a process of surrendering to a deeper wisdom.”
Kenneth S. Cohen
Hopefully Sofia won’t mind that I took such a literal approach to her challenge. Be sure to visit her beautiful post on Photographias, and to link your responses there. Adding the Lens-Artists Tag will ensure that your post appears in our reader section.
Sincere thanks for your amazing responses to Ann-Christine’s Backlit challenge last week. It was truly inspiring to see the ways everyone has made the most of such beautiful light. Next week‘s challenge will be led by John on his Journeys with Johnbo site so be sure to check it out next Saturday at noon EST. Until then as always please stay safe, be kind and enjoy the journey.
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Haha, totally loved this one, Tina – big smiles!
Amazing! They definitely do have emotions!🐐
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Beautiful images and adorable animals Tina and such a lovely response to the challenge! 💖
Many thanks Xenia – a happy post for an animal lover!
Very moody! The goat with the diamond eye would win prizes if there was a goat version of Crufts.
LOL, maybe we need to invent one Susarrus! Interestingly the older goat at the end had the same feature but it doesn’t show in the image. Hence my supposition that he fathered at least a few of the kids.
I love the captions! Very creative take on the theme!
Thanks John – a bit off the mark in terms of intent I think but I just had to seize the opportunity to make the twist!
Loved your goat photos, Tina, especially the first one. We have lots of goats in our neighborhood and they show their moods more than other livestock. The little ones at play are so entertaining!
Exactly Siobhan! There is no way one could end the visit in a bad mood. They’re just too much fun to be around 😊. Thanks for the visit and comment
oh yes. I guess, there’s no-one around who does not get in certain moods when among animals. Farm animals have to stand in line after cats and dogs, and other little critters. But, at least when the farm animals have their babies, the ice is broken.
LOL, very true Andre! The good news about farm animals is that someone ELSE has to take care of them!!!
Oh, yes. 😁👍
Thanks P_P, appreciate your visit and comment
You are welcome ma
Never saw farmyard animals from you before. Enjoyed the portraits of the goats: you got them in such a variety of moods.
Thanks I.J. I suppose I’ve done a few over the years but not often. We have a beautiful horse farm nearby and when we visit our kids’ country place there are lots of cows and sheep but it’s more the exception than the norm for me. It seemed it was about time LOL.
Your first photo and quote are the perfect way to set the mood in this post. Sometimes it feels so good to pick a nice spot when feeling gloomy and flop down without a care. Cute kid 🙂 However, the expression of your second shot is like looking in the mirror (especially on the first day back at work after a long weekend). There is always a great set of moods in the countryside; I think this is why I appreciate rural areas more than the bigger cities. Cheers to a great week ahead.
Thanks Randall – I’ll admit to a big smile while watching the second goat peek around that tree. One can only guess what he/she was thinking! (then again, do goats think?!) I agree about rural vs city life. Much as I love to visit the big cities I am definitely happier and more at home in a quieter environment. Wishing you an excellent week as well.
This is such a fun response!! Love it
Thanks Nora, it was such a fun day!
Your photos are priceless! Beautiful post
Thanks Jas, much appreciated
Oh my, you got my goat on this one. GREAT quotes, too! (P.S. The hen called, she wants paid for the overtime.)
Ha ha John, you’re the best!
When I saw your feature photo, my first comment was going to be….ooo you had me at the goat. To see you went to a “goatery” made me laugh. This was fun, clever, creative and a great interpretation of mood. And while the photos were outstanding the post read was great fun! Anthropomorphism was a new word for me, and pretty sure anyone who has ever owned a cat, knows animals have mood and emotions.
I chuckled at the community milk mama. I guess everyone does what they have to do.
And who knew about the red comb? Not me. The photos were all so fun and clearly you had a great time with your camera. This was fantastic Tina.
Thanks so much Donna. It’s unusual to simply spend an hour surrounded by happy, frisky creatures. I must admit I came away smiling for the rest of the day. It would be nice to have your single care in the world be which of the many mamas nearby would be your best source of milk LOL.
Isn’t that the truth. Goats… When we go to the zoo, thats all the kids (grand) want to see. simple fun.
So sweet and they really give good mood vibes
Thanks Ritva – they definitely have personality!
What fun, Tina. So clever, too. Animals definitely have expressions. You captured some great ones. I was thinking that last sheep needs a caption about needing some sleep. (He looks tired, to me.) Maybe he’s thinking: “So much for counting sheep…” 🙂 🙂
LOL thanks Patti. Love your suggestion! Maybe we should have a challenge called Creative Titling! Several good ideas from others this week.
I love your take on this prompt Tina! Great moody photos!
Thanks Aletta, I had some fun with it this week 😊
That’s great 😄
I’m sure Sofia won’t mind your interpretation of her theme, especially as you share such appealing photos! I love the opening one in particular and I agree that many animals demonstrate a range of emotions 🙂
Thanks Sarah – to be honest I don’t think the opener was actually sad, he’d just exhausted himself with his playful antics!! They were really so much fun, hard not to have a smile while walking among them. Talk about a mood lightener!
Ha! I LOVED your post. I wasn’t expecting anything, that is the joy of the challenges, they can take us anywhere 🙂
Your post made me smile, so I’m in a good mood. About anthropomorphism, it just shows how self-centered Humans tend to be. There’s a lot more to animals and emotions we would like to think, it makes it easier for us, I think.
Thanks so much Sofia, I’ll admit I did have fun with this one. Those little goats were just so frisky and playful it would be impossible to be cranky around them LOL. And yes, I agree wholeheartedly with your anthropomorphism comment!
Ooh, thanks for taking us on your goat-seeking trip. What fun! And lovely, intimate portraits.
Very much my pleasure Margaret, glad to have brought you a smile.
This was such a wonderful approach Tina! And, lots of fun. Goats are so animated and cute.
Thanks Anne – hard to beat baby animals of any kind IMHO!!
Goats really do have fun personalities! Love those kids in particular.
Thanks Lindy – hard to believe you’re the first to refer to them as kids!!!
Tina, what fun you had and so did I, enjoying the photos, possible moods, and quotes. Your friends did have a good caption for that photo and I bet she really enjoyed getting that shot as a card. Probably cracked her up. 😉
LOL for the crack up comment Janet – scrambled eggs of course! Glad you enjoyed these slightly off the challenge’s intent images 😀
What a creative way to approach this theme, Tina! Love the expression of the 2nd image. the eggcellent hen is great! 🙂
This one is challenging for me.
Thanks Amy – they’re ALL challenging for me lately LOL!!! Glad you liked the approach, I was glad to find a way to share these for a challenge.
Absolutely wonderful Tina. From the first goat’s expression to the chook on the egg container it was a thoroughly entertaining post. Loved it 👍🤗
Many thanks Brian – you made my day!
Your approach made me smile and educated me at the same time. Great take, Tina!
Thanks Frank – glad you enjoyed!
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There is no doubt in my mind that animas have emotions and moods. I know horses do. Very enjoyable photos Tina.
Somehow I’d definitely have guessed that Anne 😊. Thanks for stopping by.
I’m so glad you took a literal approach. Animals may be moody but they are so much fun to visit.
Thanks Perpetua – a bit of a stretch but they were so cute I had to share them!
Your posts lift up my mood all the time, Tina. Thank you for sharing.
What lovely goats Tina and an eggcellent hen 😀
LOL thanks PR
Their expressions through eyes and body posture … unshielded. Touching images
Many thanks Brenda, they were really sweet – and totally rambunctious
A great post Tina, I had to laugh when reading about the goats and your pictures are priceless! Great Job!!
Thanks Sylvia – it was a really fun day
So interesting! I’ve never heard of a goatery but I think your photos here fit the challenge well. 👍
Thanks Toby – that may just be the name of this particular one but either way it was tons of fun.
Very clever Tina and so cute too. The old goat is looking very pleased with himself!
My two dogs definitely have moods
Thanks Alison – I’m thought the same thing about that old goat 😉
This is a really fun post. I love goats. And animals definitely have personalities. All you have to do is observe them to see it. The papa goat sure is in a good mood. But the hen on the eggs, it looks like she packages the eggs for the people, too lol Fun post today, Tina.
Thanks Dan – a bit less ethereal than most this week but I had some fun with it. Agree wholeheartedly about animal personalities.
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Thanks Sharon – must admit I’d been around goats before but never the babies. They are SO cute!
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Thanks Jeannie – I know you have more experience than most with these little guys!
Tina, I like the way you approached this challenge. The goats you featured definitely look like they have different moods! What a fun day!
Thanks Beth – it was indeed!
Tina, You found some great moods with the goat and other farm animals. Awesome photos 😀
Thanks Cee – they were really fun to watch and I loved walking among them (although my shoes weren’t so fond of it!)
Tell your shoes to “get over it”. I would have had so much fun there 😀
They definitely do seem to have personalities, Tina, and are very lovable when young. I don’t have any grass for them to eat and feel sure they would take great delight in devouring my plants 🤔💗. Have a great week, darlin!
I’m sure they’d like nothing better Jo! Thanks and a great week to you too.
A lovely post, Tina.
Many thanks rupali
Fabulous goaty gallery, Tina. I love that first one with the Mark Haddon quote. I so remember feeling just like that as a child – those times when grownupdom seemed totally inexplicable.
Thanks Tish – must incorporate grownupdom into my vocabulary!!
I have wanted a baby goat for as long as I can remember, and your top photo really pulled at my heartstings. Love the collection of moody farm animals. Have a wonderful Sunday, Tina!
Thanks so much Kellye – me too, except they do grow up and I suspect would eat your furniture LOL! Best to just visit them on the farm 😀
Delightful! Made me want to go visit them…
Go while they’re still babies Laurel, they are quite simply adorable! Thanks as always for the visit and comment.
What a delightful and entertaining post. Goats just have a way of cracking me up… love the photos!
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Ha ha ha, you definitely brought me a smile this morning Miss Linda. They crack me up too!
This is cute, clever and put me in a great mood, Tina! I love your goat subject and don’t forget the sports analogy GOAT (greatest of all time), LOL! I believe animals and birds, even reptiles have personalities and show them more than we might expect. You captured the kids at play perfectly as well as their cute expressions. Baby goats are darling and this was a fun post to read. The chicken pic was hilarious, too!
I have a funny goat story from our weekends in the Sacramento delta–briefly, I spied a big billy goat on the other side of the windsurf camp’s acreage and walked up to him. His face was full of stickers and foxtails. He let me pull them out, then instantly became my friend, hopped the fence, and followed me around the campground, much to the dismay of my “city slicker” windsurf friends. When the farmer hauled him away in the truck, the goat poked his head out the window as if saying goodbye. Thanks for reminding me of this fun goat story, and have a lovely week!
Oh my gosh Terry, I LOVED that story! These little guys definitely wanted to be friends too. They’re a bit rough and tumble for house pets but I sure would have loved to bring one home LOL.
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Miss Dar – you are such a sucker for little critters (as am I). Glad you enjoyed GF
What fun, Tina. I do believe that animals feel and express emotion. I get to visit a homesteading farm in a few weeks and I can’t wait!
Had way more fun with the photography there than I expected Susan – I’m sure you will too! Many thanks
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