Woman with a parasol, observed by a cow

What it is:

Photo measuring slightly less than 2.5 x 3.75 inches.

What I know about it:

Nothing!  Undated and unidentified.


There’s an passage in Mary Roach’s amusing book Spook where she takes time out from her investigations into the pseudo-science of the paranormal (the main topic of her book) to conduct a casual experiment into the curiosity of cows.  She lays down in a field of cows and waits to see what happens.  Sure enough, the cows hustle over and stand around her, staring at her, sniffing at her, etc.  She said it’s the strangest sensation to be lying flat on your back in a field while giant beasts crowd around you and gently examine you.  I’m sure our young model here had no expectation of being visited when she perched on the fence with her pretty floral skirt and parasol, awaiting the camera’s adoring gaze.  But visited she was.

4 comments on “Woman with a parasol, observed by a cow”

  1. Temple Grandin made the same observation about cows. She says she loves to lie down in their midst.

    • It’s been a while since I’ve read “Spook”, and I don’t have my copy anymore. It seems to me she mentioned where she first heard about lying amid the cows, and it may well have been from some Temple Grandin source, but now I don’t remember. It kind of sounds like good giddy fun, though. 🙂

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