As we walked along a wooded path from the Mt. Vernon home to one of the adjoining farms, I heard what sounded like a cow bell and looked around to see where the sound was coming from.
I saw two people leading a pair of oxen along a path that was on a ridge above us.
Glimpses of the oxen were fleeting between trees, so I didn’t get a really clear picture. What a disappointment.
But, when we arrived at our destination a few minutes later, lo and behold there they were! But, again, by the time I got my camera ready, they had already passed us, so I only got a shot of their “rear view”.
But luckily a few minutes later they turned around and came toward us again. This time I was ready … I got the shot.
I know you, like me, probably think of oxen as slow, plodding animals. But I found this pair particularly quick footed and wily at avoiding having their picture taken.
That is my story and I’m sticking to it. I refuse to admit that the problem might have been that I was “slower and more plodding” than them!