January 26, 2010

I really don't know why either...

the climbing goat from yesterday
brought lots of questions
and
I wish I had a really smart answer
but
I don't
~~
maybe the climbing thingy majingy is just to test their
intelligence
and
agility
and
to add some excitement to their otherwise kind of mundane life
or
maybe to add some excitement to ours
~~
who knows
~~
what I do know is that first
you make friends with the goats

then you let them know you have food for them
and
they watch intently
while you attach their food to one of the spinners
the brave goats
start climbing
hoping that the middle stand is where the food stops
but
like the picture from yesterday
they will go all the way to top to get the food
if that's where you send it

and
then it's over quickly
~as they tend to inhale their food~
and
they head back down
and
wait for the next person
sending a bucket of food up the ropes
~~
they have been doing this for years
at this little animal farm/vegetable market
and
it's safe
and
obviously the goats love it
as do the kids
~~
well
and
some adults too
*
i'm still playing with the polaroid coloring
as it seems so fitting
for the grey days that have settled over wisconsin

36 comments:

  1. I guess all goats are really mountain goats at heart!

    Love that first shot!

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  2. Have you ever seen "fainting goats"? Whenever they are startled, they run, but their bodies seize up and they fall over. Is that a huge slice of watermelon in one of your pics? I'm sorry, I'm having a little problem with distraction this morning.

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  3. I almost seize up and fall over just watching these goats climb so high up in the air!! Yikes!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  4. this does make one wonder ... all kinds of things!

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  5. What great pictures and such amusing goats! That was my dose of entertainment for the day.

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  6. YIKES! Are you sure you meant 'brave' and not 'dumb'? That is awfully high!!!

    That first photo is darn cute!

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  7. goats to me are only cute at a distance.

    i have a deep seated anti-goat feeling up close. plus, they tend to smell. so does goat cheese but i do love it. so....you know - it balances out.

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  8. we have things like this around here too, but nothing without railing. my kids would get a kick out of watching them climb!

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  9. fearless goat! Love it!

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  10. OK I jump to comment so I hope no one has already said this... I have a friend with goats and she says they love to climb, she's building something in the field for them to climb on so I'll have to show her this!!! Love it!!!! and you..xx

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  11. I guess the clumsy goats make the Darwin Awards list.

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  12. I love the second pic with the silhouette of the reindeer. Are you sure about the safety thing, though. Maybe the goats can be trusted, but that higher post looks like it's about to topple!

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  13. Beth, very interesting, the fainting goats as they are referred to often are suspected of having Cataplexy which can be trigged by any emotion...for the goats being startled, then they collapse. Odd I have the same things as goats, but I do. They have found it in dogs and cats as well. Mine is triggered mostly by laughter....I don't think the goats would be laughing....I know this sounds strange but...its life.

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  14. Goats eyes freak me out. I'm just sayin'... ;) It's amazing how sure footed they seem to be.

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  15. It has to be the primitive mountain goat in their family gene pool. Around here is isn't uncommon to see mountain goats, and they balance on the most precarious rock out croppings WAY up high on the side of a cliff or steep mountain.
    I like the "Darwin Award" comment for the clumsy goat...gave me a chuckle :)

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  16. Given my fear of heights, this TOTALLY freaks me out. But I suppose goats -- or their mountainy relatives -- are pretty used to navigating tight spaces and heights. Love the tight shots!

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  17. Amazing. And great photos. Which farm/market in Wisconsin is this?

    I guess goats don't have a fear of heights?

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  18. we are having very gray days here in Utah too and cold.... so I"m sitting here sipping a cup of hot tea giggling at the goats climbing up a ladder- so funny!

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  19. Always a delight to meet new friends. Thanks for popping over for a visit ... a fun site here ... poetry and great photos!

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  20. That just cracks me up! It's probably good exercise for them too.

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  21. I was thinking the same thing as intrinsicArt - somewhere long ago, their ancestors might have been climbing high in the Rockies, sure footed on tall mountain peaks and all that, instinctively, comes back to them.

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  22. love this! and great pictures!

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  23. These goats ARE brave... (braver that I would be) and ridiculously cute too!

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  24. We have those goat bridges here at our farms too. Its always fun to see those goats walk to such great heights with out a care. I would be so scared!

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  25. Fun! (Hope you got some sun poking through - we did in your neighboring state to the west.)

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  26. Oh wow! That is so cool! I'm glad you answered the question because I was asking it in my mind yesterday when I saw the shot.

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  27. This is a first for me. Seeing goats climb for food. Definitely, a first. And I saw it here, right on your blog. :-)

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  28. will climb for food...

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  29. I saw your photo yesterday, the close up of the goat climbing. I thought, ok, thats interesting. Then today your wide shot of the goat CLIMBING, damn. Thats impressive.
    I never saw or heard of such a thing before. Very cool.
    And, I don't know what this says about my life, but I am also familiar with the "fainting goats."
    youtube it.

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  30. Oh if you put a goodie up there for me I'll go up and fetch it. just not on the slopes the goat is walking I'll try to climb sideways at the towers. Yea and that's because I do that for a sport.

    But make sure ther's something real nice up there for me Beth...:-)

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  31. I never realised how agile and fearless goats were :-)

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  32. I've come to expect something special when I visit your blog, Beth, and you never disappoint me. Don't let that put any pressure on you:)

    The Little Farmer Orchard north of Fond du Lac has something similar with goats, but not as impressive as the set up you've posted about.

    donna

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  33. I think they love to climb. I don't know why I think that exactly, but every time I see a place with goats, I see some sort of climbing thing. Hmmmmmm....

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  34. This is such an interesting post. Thanks for schooling me on the life of goats. I know about mountain goats but I wasn't aware that regular goats would climb so high on such narrow pathways. I love your photos. This looks like a very nice little farm and I think very fascinating for children and adults.

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  35. first time here - I've seen mountain goats out west and they climb where I would never go. So this might be a natural thing for them.

    I came over here from nanny goats in panties - she mentioned WI - wondering where the farm is and did you take these pics months ago? It freezing here now.

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  36. I guess that's why they live in the high jagged rocky mountains...they love to climb! I am often dumbfounded as to how they keep their balance so well with those tiny hooves! They never fall!

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**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth