Pictured here is another scene taken at the Trim Haymaking Festival in summer 2013. Held in the historic town of Trim, Co Meath the festival celebrates everything it is that makes Irish people what they are today.
With most people in Ireland being no more than a couple of generations separated from the land, it celebrates old farming techniques, scythe work, harvesting, haymaking and much more. Other old world events include donkey races, traditional dancing, music and poetry. It also showcases ancient skills such as weapon making, candle making and metalwork.
This particular scene was taken at the goat contest. The competitors line up with their prize goats and are judged by a panel of experts. While I have no idea what the criteria for a great goat actually is, I have a suspicion it could be the one that makes the most annoying noise.
As I took this, the goat pictured was in mid BLEEEHHHHHH at incredible volume. This fine specimen went on to win the first prize. The woman looks very proud, almost as if she knew she had the winner in her midst.
Thanks for looking.
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photoray (12207) 2014-05-22 11:05
Fine candid Goat herder with goat on the grass land scene. And good to read the farming traditions are still remembered and celebrated.
In my youth our next door neighbors in rural Whittier (which is now a high school complex), the Mormon family had a small farm with two female goats. I did not acquire a taste for goat milk, but do enjoy goat cheese.
Thanks for sharing,
photographer_sg (4175) 2014-05-22 11:07
of course we can do no more than guess as to what made the goat win but your photo is a sure winner with loads of charm. Both the goat and it's proud owner make great subjects depicted in attractive detail. I liked the fence and the three men in the distance that give a good depth to the picture.
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
nikkitta (14852) 2014-05-22 12:54
We are close today, you with a goat, me with a dog, very similar to Jason´s
So you have an eye to appreciate good animals and call their attention , not only of them but also os the smiling owner (like the way is dressed)
Great to know old traditios are kept and people enjoy and learn about them in these Festivals
Here in Argentin there are good true contest where animals are sold at very good prices
Well done, good note that dserves a great BLEEEHH
mesutilgim (84402) 2014-05-22 13:19
Hello dear Noel,
Wonderfull capture ! I ask myself which one of this cople is much happier !
Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards
Glint (6167) 2014-05-22 15:20
great double portrait here. They both look quite pleased with themselves. I don't know what the standard is for a good goat but clearly prettiness is not one of 'em. I like the colour detail of the woman's red hair set against the blue sky. Compositionally the blue rope is at about the thirds line.
batalay (35609) 2014-05-22 19:21
An engaging note complements a dramatic shot of the goat and keeper. I'm curious about how they judge these creatures. Productivity of milk, proportions, etc.
Warm regards, Noel,
jcpix (13662) 2014-05-22 20:09
Oh my, I LOVE this one! :) Seriously, I can't stop laughing. Hands down, my favorite picture of the day...it's like looking in the mirror! :-P
Unfortunately I don't have time to go into detail, but just know that this cracks me up...your timing was a stroke of genius to have captured this expression from the goat. You just never know what your going to get from animals, and this is one cracker of a candid moment! Enjoy the weekend ahead. Take it easy.
Cheers from the laugh factory,
omid266 (4830) 2014-05-22 20:42
Very interestin shot from this goat and his owner,
what beautiful festival that reminds me the old Stories in villages of foreign countries,
very nice captured with nice clarity,
well done and Thanks!
Best friendly Regards and wishes
jemaflor (84765) 2014-05-22 23:58
Well aken, funny attitude with smile for the lady nd almost for the animal, good contrast and exposure, tfs.
snunney (83839) 2014-05-23 2:31
The title slightly puts me in mind of a song by Val Doonican, only his goat belonged to McGinty! This lady seems very proud of her charge and so she should be if it won first prize. Great capture very well presented. Great to know that even in the 21st century rural traditions like this are still going strong, I am sure there are similar contests all over France.
jhm (139244) 2014-05-23 4:34
The woman looks very proud with her black goat, perfect on a moment of the goat makes sound, as you writes.
Your picture is of very high of quality, perfect taken and excellent presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
ourania (31117) 2014-05-23 7:08
this is a very cute and interesting double portrait, conveying great spontaneity and a fine dynamism within the narrow but deep vertical frame. There's superb interaction and it seems that both the lady and her goat responded to your camera with a warm smile:) The strong connection with the photographer's lens makes this picture unique. You've also captured fine, natural colours and great textures. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
Fis2 (85565) 2014-05-23 14:03
Good frame and colors.
carlo62 (32881) 2014-05-23 14:31
non so assolutamente niente di capre, però mi fido della giuria. Anche il fotografo è riuscito a riconoscere la migliore, visto che l'ha fotografata.
Sicuramente è più bella l'espressione della signora che quella della capra....
fabbs99 (16167) 2014-05-23 17:38
That is a pretty large goat and must have won the competition.The lady has a big smile on her face,probably in celebration of her win.Nice colors and a nice rural frame.It is good to see that the western world still are happy with the agrarian festivals.TFS.
abmdsudi (43560) 2014-05-23 21:38
This one made me smile, big time! An excellent capture of this colourful and a quite eventful trip seeing other cultures, through history and tradition..
Lovely timing the way he's looking at you! of course the lady has set off the shot even stronger of such a happy image in the beautiful surroundings! Fine work and tfs
Silvio1953 (122315) 2014-05-24 12:49
Ciao Noel, lovely composition with nice scene, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
serp2000 (40036) 2014-05-25 9:08
))) Amazing rural scene, I see her goat makes a special face for your report. Excellent portrait of a countrywoman with her pet! ;)
delpeoples (53009) 2014-05-28 22:45
A goat competition. Now that has given me a good belly laugh. In addition to the image in my fragile little brain of you being bitten on the nose by a crab. Get a load of that goat's smouldering Bluesteel look. Derek Zoolander (and perhaps Satan) would be so proud. Perfectly timed to catch him mid-bleat. I can't work out whether he's wanting you to take his best profile shot, or whether he wants to moon you. Instead of Bluesteel, we could call it the Possessed Brown-Eye. The pride this lovely lady shows for her prize goat is the icing on the cake. I love everything about this shot. It's so Irish, so characteristic and such a good laugh.
Thanks for sharing, it's made my day!
adores (37125) 2014-06-23 17:04
It's a big goat and the seems to be smiling at you:)! You captured them both so well. I'm sure I'd appreciate this event also!