Brown Cow


A birthday card featuring a brown cow and text ‘Happy Birthday’ is and probably a Jersey – a breed that originates from the Channel Islands.

– Blank inside for your own message
– Printed in the UK on premium card stock
– Supplied with a white envelope

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Brown Cow

Brown Cow birthday card with the animal standing in a field backed by a line of trees, and text in a speech bubble that reads ‘Happy Birthday’. The breed is probably a Jersey that originates in the Channel Islands. The clues are in the brown overall colouring of its hide and the light outer around its eyes. The other clue is that there are no other cows of similar light build and colouring in the United Kingdom generally. And it was a field in this sceptered isle where I photographed this cow.

Where I Took The Photograph

I can usually remember the location for almost everything I have photographed. On this occasion I cannot remember exactly where it was. Or rather, I can picture the scene but I cannot place it exactly. I recall that it was in the south of England and that I had to climb up a slight bank to get into the field where the animals were. The EXIF data on the photograph tells me I shot it on the 29th April 2006 with a Nikon D70. That fits in that we were living on the South coast of England at the time.

The Nikon D70

There is a tale to the camera. I sold it because I wasn’t getting the results I wanted. I bought a better camera (another Nikon) and then I saw some photos someone had taken with the D70 and I realised the fault lay with me as the photographer and not with the camera. Despite that I have been chasing the perfect camera ever since.

Back to our brown cow. There are more than a thousand breeds of cattle worldwide. They fall into two main types that are closely related species or two subspecies of one single specie. One branch is adapted to the climate within the Tropics and originated in the tropical belt across sub-Saharan Africa and all the way across Asia.

The other type, often called taurine cattle are adapted to cooler climates outside the Tropics. Taurine is a word that is obviously related to taurus the bull. In fact the word goes back to the Greek period and is, of course, the second astrological sign in the present zodiac.

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Birthday Card featuring a brown cow
Brown Cow