Lens-Artists Challenge #248 – Mood

goat, kid, sad, tired, black

“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.

goat, funny, inquisitive
Here’s Looking at YOU Kid

“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.

goat, proud, leader
Top Goat

“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!

nursing, goats

“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”.

chicken, eggs, basket, carton

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?

sheep, gray

“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!

goat, laid-back

“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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106 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #248 – Mood

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    • 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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…” 🙂 🙂

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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. 😉

  10. 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.

  11. Absolutely wonderful Tina. From the first goat’s expression to the chook on the egg container it was a thoroughly entertaining post. Loved it 👍🤗

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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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