Pairing Up

Michelle Alton 6/5/2011 2:37:04 AM

The Mill at Cuttalossa Farm #1382681

Carolyn M. Fletcher 6/5/2011 2:51:01 AM

What a beautiful place! Looks like you had the perfect day for it..everything just glows. #9444540

Gregory R. Gaskin 6/5/2011 3:03:37 AM

A very nice series of photos and what a great place for photography. You certainly brought out the best look in the old mill, nice work. #9444552

Jeff Robinson 6/5/2011 3:12:46 AM

Great lighting and captures - A terrific series! #9444562

Jack Gaskin 6/5/2011 3:56:04 AM

BEAUTIES Looks as if the conditions were perfect to shoot judging from the wonderful results. A very nice group of shots but I like the first the best as it contains SO MUCH !!!

Happy Shooting
Jack #9444609

Nancyj E. Hovey 6/5/2011 4:08:14 AM

Fantastic chicken captures with such a wonderful story... Love the colors in the Rooster! Excellent presentation! 8o) #9444640

Dave Bell 6/5/2011 4:44:25 AM

Poor old goose it does look so sad. #9444688

Ron McEwan 6/5/2011 5:14:19 AM

LOL the city girl goes to the farm. You have made it a real joy to follow the story Michelle. You have put life in what I always took for granted since I grew up on a farm, you become callous to things around you. WTG #9444734

Gail Sullivan 6/5/2011 5:28:18 AM

Muchelle...such a pretty country scene! #9444762

Julie Burnett 6/5/2011 5:33:06 AM

A beautifully photographed series, Michelle, I do feel sorry for the goose, though. #9444765

John Rivera 6/5/2011 6:00:16 AM

Great comp and capture Michelle! #9444804

Tammy M. Anderson 6/5/2011 6:00:24 AM

Fabulous place and beautiful farm series, Michelle. #9444805

Monnie Ryan 6/5/2011 6:33:33 AM

Very cool series, Michelle! #9444881

Ann H. Belus 6/5/2011 6:39:40 AM

Very interesting, Michele; great series of photos! #9444889

Tiia Vissak 6/5/2011 6:47:36 AM

a wonderful scene! #9444898

Stan Kwasniowski 6/5/2011 7:42:14 AM

Michelle, what a gorgeous "homey" feeling this image portray's #9444973

Ujjwal Mukherjee 6/5/2011 8:12:52 AM

The surrounding here adds a great deal to the appeal of this image, beautiful image,Michelle!! #9445007

Rony Sagy 6/5/2011 9:03:33 AM

So the couples are going steady? and the goose is jealous? Great story telling photos. Love the detail, light and colors colors colors (did I say that I love the colors?). Beautifully stated, balanced and annotated. Superb work, as always, Michelle. #9445068

JudyAnn Rector 6/5/2011 9:41:47 AM

Great story and the Pairing Up image is stunning, Michelle.

Michael Umbreit 6/5/2011 10:51:51 AM

Wonderful colors and tones!! #9445137

Ann Coates 6/5/2011 12:14:54 PM

This farm looks picture perfect with lots of photo opportunities. I find farm bird life most interesting to watch, yes and they like to mate lots. Love watching all their antics. Terrific image here Michelle and look forward to seeing more. #9445201

Amanda J. Tanner 6/5/2011 3:02:34 PM

A wonderful series. What a wonderful place. You did a beautiful job Michelle capturing the details of the old mill and the animal life surrounding it. #9445315

Patrick Rouzes 6/5/2011 4:44:57 PM

You are a wealth of knowledge, Michelle! The capture & image are superb my friend! Thanks for sharing those images & for the info!
Have a great week! Looking forward to more, indeed! #9445467

Barbara Waldoch 6/5/2011 5:34:57 PM

Wonderful capture, Michelle! I love farms. #9445527

Terry Cervi 6/5/2011 7:14:39 PM

Another beautiful shot with such fine detail and color! I can't wait to see your upcoming posts! This seems like such a wonderful place to visit! #9445692

Robert K. Bemus 6/5/2011 7:56:19 PM

Beautiful scenes and photo essay, Michelle!!

I have never heard of miniature sheep... #9445791

Tamara K. Walker 6/5/2011 8:19:07 PM

Looks like a great place, wonderful colors.
I hope the goose united the chickens in marriage before they consummated. #9445826

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer 6/5/2011 11:54:50 PM

Michelle, these scenes are so amazingly well captured and edited. I could sit here and study them for details all day. I'm not kidding. I love them. #9445950

Craig D. Minton 6/6/2011 12:15:34 AM

Very pleasing and eye catching content in this image, Michelle. Good eye! #9445963

Beth J. Orick 6/6/2011 6:21:44 AM

Simply loving these country scenes! How very lovely!!! #9446464

Tammy Espino 6/6/2011 2:40:16 PM

Fantastic country capture!:) #9447029

Rona L. Schwarz 6/6/2011 8:57:53 PM

These are great story-telling images, Michelle! I know I'm going backwards, but I love watching the farm and barnyard scene through your eyes! This belongs in a picture book! Beautiful colors, detail and clarity, and so much going on, yet still such a simple narrative. Excellent work! #9447554

Linda A. Braddock 6/7/2011 7:02:01 AM

Michelle, Beautiful Captures of all these photos, very nice! #9448361

Jill Odice 6/7/2011 11:33:42 AM

Fun following these birds life :-) Great shots !!! #9448682

Emile Abbott 6/7/2011 12:28:58 PM

Beautiful rustic series. Sorry about the lame goose. #9448775

Emile Abbott 6/7/2011 12:29:07 PM

Beautiful rustic series. Sorry about the lame goose. #9448776

Emile Abbott 6/7/2011 12:30:14 PM

Beautiful rustic series. Sorry about the lame goose. #9448777

Lester A. Garcia 6/7/2011 12:44:42 PM

Excellent farm photos. "Pairing up" catches my attention the most. Not only the chicken being placed nicely in the composition but the elements like the arched fences, the wooden bench, farm window, the barrel and pail come together to compliment the whole picture. A wonderful image with stunning details and lighting. Congratulations, Michelle #9448799

Renata Gusciora 6/8/2011 7:50:37 PM

Lovely rustic capture with fantastic composition and colors,Michelle! #9451162

Nancyj E. Hovey 6/8/2011 7:52:38 PM

on your very deserving EFP! 8o) #9451166

Aimee S. McMaster 6/9/2011 7:50:33 AM

...wonderful detail & color....a delightful country capture Michelle! #9452012

Marilyn K. Lincecum 6/9/2011 2:38:43 PM

Excellant capture..great light, color, clarity and detail. #9452480

Lynne Morris 6/14/2011 11:08:08 PM

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these images Michelle, fantastic work. #9461232

Kathryn Wesserling 6/22/2011 1:42:39 PM

This farm series of yours is wonderful, Michelle. #9473834

Mary K. Robison 6/23/2011 6:33:21 PM

This scene with the chickens pairing off is chock full of detail, Michelle, and all of it captured with perfect lighting and clarity. Wonderful rich colors as well. Terrific farm series.


Renata Gusciora 7/28/2011 6:45:13 PM

Another congratulations on this lovely finalist,Michelle!!!:-) #9560841

Monnie Ryan 7/28/2011 6:48:40 PM

And congratulations once again! #9560874

Deborah C. Lewinson 7/28/2011 7:14:52 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Michelle!

Debby #9561188

Jennifer L. Alder 7/28/2011 7:20:17 PM

This is incredible, Michelle! congrats to you :) #9561261

Tammy Espino 7/28/2011 7:24:12 PM

Congratulations on your awesome finalist! Good luck next round :) #9561312

Sharon Sawyer 7/28/2011 7:29:29 PM

WTG, Michelle!!! HUGE congratulations on your outstanding finalist an all the best in the next round! #9561375

Mary Timman 7/28/2011 7:33:54 PM

Congratulations on this beautiful Finalist! #9561421

Heather Loewenhardt 7/28/2011 8:21:53 PM

Congratulations on another silver award.Good luck! #9561773

Ujjwal Mukherjee 7/28/2011 8:25:34 PM

Congratulations ,Michelle!! #9561785

Bill Johnson 7/28/2011 8:41:58 PM

Michelle, Congrats on your finalist selection. Good luck. #9561849

Carol L. Fowler 7/28/2011 8:51:43 PM

Congrats on this beautiful Finalist! #9561905

Reynaldo D. Reyes 7/28/2011 10:46:17 PM

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Michelle! #9562238

Kathryn Wesserling 7/29/2011 1:22:06 AM

The pictures are wonderful and your "Fables of of the Fornicating Fowls" is fabulously funny! Finalist badge is well-deserved! Congratulations, Michelle. #9562459

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer 7/29/2011 2:21:53 AM

Congratulations on this marvellous finalist, Michelle. #9562546

Marilyn Cornwell 7/29/2011 4:40:54 AM

Congratulations, Michelle on this great Finalist! #9562896

Stefania Barbier 7/29/2011 5:47:55 AM

huge congrats on your gorgeous finalist!!! #9563244

Cathy Barrows 7/29/2011 6:09:16 AM

Congrats on your this scene #9563422

Danny B. Head 7/29/2011 6:11:42 AM

Love the rural scene! Congrats, Michelle! #9563447

Wanda B. Anderson 7/29/2011 6:50:10 AM

Congratulations on your finalist! What an enchanting place!


Phyllis H. Burchett 7/29/2011 7:17:13 AM

Congrats on this wonderful Finalist Michelle! #9563919

Patrick Rouzes 7/29/2011 7:22:36 AM

Congratulations & good luck, Michelle! WTG! #9563973

Linda L. Ruiz 7/29/2011 7:30:11 AM


Wanda Judd 7/29/2011 8:55:26 AM

Wow...beautifully done....Congratulations. #9564486

Richard B. Hallick 7/29/2011 9:40:51 AM

Another beautiful finalist. Wonderful depth of colors. Congratulations. #9564696

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas 7/29/2011 11:08:48 AM

Big Congratulations Michelle!,
Amalia #9565048

Bojan Bencic 7/29/2011 11:13:02 AM

Congratulations on your finalists, Michelle. #9565072

Lydia Williams 7/29/2011 11:39:47 AM

Wonderful images, Michelle. Congratulations...well done! #9565214

Courtenay Vanderbilt 7/29/2011 11:45:59 AM

Congratulations again, Michelle! #9565248

Lynne Morris 7/29/2011 1:11:13 PM

WTG on this beautiful winner Michelle, Congratulations. #9565556

Aimee S. McMaster 7/29/2011 1:24:32 PM

...congratulations on this wonderful winner Michelle! #9565674

Bojan Bencic 7/29/2011 1:32:43 PM

Congratulations on your win, Michelle! #9565735

Val Feldman 7/29/2011 1:40:28 PM

..and to you, Michelle, a hearty doubly returned Bravo (Bravo!:) and congratulations on a fine and superbly captured Gold Win! Excellent work and great reading material, as well! :) #9565783

Monnie Ryan 7/29/2011 1:45:06 PM

Great news! Big congratulations on your win! #9565819

Courtenay Vanderbilt 7/29/2011 1:54:26 PM

Congratulations on your winner, Michelle! #9565882

Ermanno Radice 7/29/2011 2:02:05 PM

Big congratulations on your well deserved win, Michelle! #9565950

Stefania Barbier 7/29/2011 2:05:07 PM

gorgeous winner, congratulations!!! #9565980

Danny B. Head 7/29/2011 2:10:24 PM

Congrats on a fine win, Michelle! #9566011

Alex T. Mizuno 7/29/2011 2:26:26 PM

Big congratulations on your win Michelle! Lovely country scene and a great story! #9566079

Agnes Fegan 7/29/2011 2:26:40 PM

Congrats on your win Michelle! #9566081

Monica Mermoz 7/29/2011 2:43:15 PM

Big congratulations on your winner!!!! Its beautiful! #9566147

Mary Timman 7/29/2011 2:50:45 PM

Huge Congratulations on your Winner! #9566188

Lester A. Garcia 7/29/2011 2:51:40 PM

There was no reason for this not to win. To have all the elements in the composition into a harmonious blend producing a beautiful farm scene is an achievement.


Tammy M. Anderson 7/29/2011 2:57:11 PM

Congrats Michelle on your beautiful winner. #9566209

Phyllis H. Burchett 7/29/2011 3:42:28 PM

BIG congrats Michelle on this wonderful winner!!! #9566404

Rona L. Schwarz 7/29/2011 3:53:47 PM

Yea, Michelle! So happy to see this one again, one of my favorites! MANY CONGRATULATIONS on your outstanding Gold Winner! #9566446

Anita Hogue 7/29/2011 4:07:16 PM

What a special place you have found! Love all these images from the chicken farm ! Congratulations on this wonderful winner, Michelle! #9566513

Nadia Paul 7/29/2011 4:44:59 PM

Congrats on your beautiful winner Michelle! #9566768

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna 7/29/2011 4:52:11 PM

Fabulous winner! WTG Michelle! :-) k #9566795

Erin Appelbaum 7/29/2011 5:04:35 PM

Awesome winner Michelle. Congrats!! Peter #9566865

Barbara Waldoch 7/29/2011 5:11:25 PM

Congratulations on this wonderful winner, Michelle! #9566924

Renee Doyle 7/29/2011 5:16:59 PM

WTG Michelle!!! Congratulations on this excellent winner!! #9566966

Beverley Scott 7/29/2011 5:26:00 PM

Congratulations, Michelle, on this great win! #9567029

Debra R. Harder 7/29/2011 5:30:27 PM

WTG, Michelle! Huge congratulations on your WONDERFUL GOLD WINNER! Deb #9567054

David Phalen 7/29/2011 5:39:08 PM

BIG Congrats on an excellent Winner!! #9567102

Judy V. Kennamer 7/29/2011 5:57:15 PM

Congratulations on your beautiful WINNER Michelle! #9567200

Mukesh Srivastava 7/29/2011 6:12:31 PM

Huge congratulations for the GOLD, Michelle!!!! #9567253

Kathryn Wesserling 7/29/2011 6:41:42 PM

OMGosh! They loved their way into getting you a Gold-Second. How wonderful. Congratulations, Michelle. #9567323

Heather Loewenhardt 7/29/2011 6:49:04 PM

Congratulations for winning Gold Michelle. #9567347

Amy M. Wilson 7/29/2011 7:14:45 PM

Sorry I missed this in the Finalist round but so glad to see it with Gold - beautifully done, Michelle!!! #9567453

R. J. Laudenbacher 7/29/2011 7:25:23 PM

WTG Michelle! A huge congrats to you on this wonderufl gold winner! #9567497

Mary Dimitriw 7/29/2011 7:39:09 PM

Awesome Michelle!! Congrats on this wonderful Gold Winner. Great story and such a beautiful spot. #9567551

Sabrina Ryan 7/29/2011 7:40:43 PM

CONGRATULATIONS on this Winning image, Michelle! #9567559

Ann Coates 7/29/2011 7:50:25 PM

Love seeing the chooks getting the recognition they deserve and you deserve too. Huge congratulations on your superb Gold win here Michelle. #9567595

Tammy Espino 7/29/2011 8:40:24 PM

Congrats on your win, Michelle :) #9567710

Rony Sagy 7/29/2011 9:06:03 PM

Huge congratulations on this wonderful win, Michelle. #9567759

Mariann Kovats 7/29/2011 9:18:55 PM

A huge congrats on your awesome winner, Michelle! #9567779

Renata Gusciora 7/29/2011 9:49:06 PM

Big congratulations on your wonderful winner,Michelle!!!:-) #9567815

Robert K. Bemus 7/29/2011 10:07:56 PM

Congratulations on your well deserved Gold, Michelle!! #9567846

Mary K. Robison 7/29/2011 10:20:35 PM

A well earned Gold Winner, Michelle ~
Congratulations! #9567872

Lisa J. Boulden 7/29/2011 11:24:21 PM

A lovely winner, Michelle!
~♥~ #9568011

Glenn E. Traver 7/30/2011 1:22:56 AM

Congratulations Michelle, This is a Beautiful Winner, very well composed, this tells a story of a wonderful day ~ GT #9568205

Brett Dolsen 7/30/2011 1:31:58 AM

Congratulations on your awesome and well deserved win Michelle!! #9568217

Alan L. Borror 7/30/2011 2:48:14 AM

Congratulations on this terrific winner, Michelle! #9568313

Ian M. Hill 7/30/2011 2:49:38 AM

Big congrats Michelle a real beauty. #9568314

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer 7/30/2011 3:37:49 AM

Congratulations on your gold win, Michelle. #9568371

Ujjwal Mukherjee 7/30/2011 4:50:20 AM

Big congratulations on your wonderful winner,Michelle!! #9568491

frank w. degenhardt 7/30/2011 4:52:59 AM

What a beauty. CONGRATULATIONS on the SECOND PLACE WIN my friend. Way to go. #9568499

Jessica Jenney 7/30/2011 5:09:56 AM

Congratulations, Michelle on your fabulous win! :) #9568538

Gail Sullivan 7/30/2011 5:36:03 AM

Congrats on a terrific winning image, Michelle! #9568636

Deborah C. Lewinson 7/30/2011 5:47:51 AM

Hardy congrats on your win, Michelle, for this amazing, colorful and very beautiful story telling image!



Ken Smith 7/30/2011 6:00:31 AM

Way to go, Michelle! A very deserved gold for you. Congrats!! #9568750

Mike Clime 7/30/2011 6:44:35 AM

Congratulations on your winner, Michelle! #9568818

JO ANN CLEVELAND 7/30/2011 7:49:39 AM

Congratulations on this well deserved Gold Win Michele! I love it!!!

jo ann c. #9569056

Lydia Williams 7/30/2011 8:47:53 AM

So glad to see the gold one this one Michelle! Congratulations! #9569231

Cathy Barrows 7/30/2011 8:56:31 AM

Congrats on your winner...wonderful #9569249

Patrick Rouzes 7/30/2011 9:40:53 AM

Happy to see this in the Winner's circle, Michelle! Congratulations, my friend! #9569372

Mitch Spence 7/30/2011 10:17:50 AM

I love this farm scene, Michelle. Congratulations on the gold. #9569432

Marijana Fajgl 7/30/2011 12:44:19 PM

Big congratulations, Michelle on your fantastic gold! #9569608

Sharon Sawyer 7/30/2011 2:21:32 PM

Michelle, I'm so pleased you received a Second Place Win for this wonderful image. WTGG!!! #9569846

Kenneth Waxman 7/30/2011 2:39:11 PM

My favorite chicken picture ever. Goes straight to my favorites. Amazing photo. Thanks for sharing #9569890

Ken Jarvis 7/30/2011 4:46:21 PM

A big congrats on your second place win, Michelle! #9570178

Phyllis A. Houghton 7/30/2011 5:36:44 PM

Congratulations on your second place Michelle. You do such fine work and we love your narratives. #9570286

Marilyn K. Lincecum 7/30/2011 6:21:43 PM

Congratulations Michelle on a well deserved Second Place win!! #9570367

Ellen Hodges 7/30/2011 7:09:29 PM

Huge congrats on a fabulous winner, Michelle!! #9570450

Karen Bacon 7/31/2011 4:23:09 AM

Congratulations on your win Michelle! #9570953

Gord MacEachern 7/31/2011 5:36:30 AM

A big congratulations on your beautiful Silver and gold Michelle, very well done. My wireless internet is still down, using another location for an hour or so. #9571097

Dominick M. Dimacale 7/31/2011 12:17:14 PM

Congratulations Michelle on your Win!!!

Dominick #9571728

ALLEN O. HOWARD 7/31/2011 2:39:52 PM

WOW!!! Truly stunning Michelle! Congratulations to you!!! Allen #9571947

Emile Abbott 7/31/2011 3:10:05 PM

Great winner Michelle. WTG my friend. #9572067

Carol Teal 7/31/2011 7:27:13 PM

Never knew the lives of chickens would be interesting...maybe they need their own soap opera "As the Egg Turns" or something similar! LOL Great capture and a beautiful farm! Congrats on your win! #9572615

Jeffrey R. Bange 7/31/2011 8:47:04 PM

Congratulations Michelle on your very deserving win. #9572714

Usman M. Bajwa 8/1/2011 6:46:11 AM

CONGRATZ on this beautiful Gold Winner!!!

UB. #9573749

Linda Blair 8/1/2011 7:01:52 AM

Fantastic winner...congratulations!! #9573792

Michele Peterson 8/2/2011 8:16:55 AM

Beautiful representation of the farm life, Michelle! Love the bright colors of the chickens against the really neat building behind them! Congratulations on this fantastic win!! #9576769

Mary Beth Aiello 8/3/2011 10:47:16 AM

Beautiful winner, Michelle. Huge congrats. #9579433

Randy D. Dinkins 8/3/2011 2:59:04 PM

Big congrats Michelle, finally getting around to checking out the winning photos, certainly well deserved here. Cheers. #9579873

Mick Burkey 8/4/2011 4:09:49 PM

Great capture, beautiful lighting, Michelle! Congrats on a wonderful winner. #9582220

Karen Kessler 8/5/2011 5:27:36 PM

What gorgeous colors in the Rooster! WOW! Terrific timing & enjoyed the story! Congrats on the Winning Photo! #9584511

Carmody Baker 8/8/2011 4:57:39 PM

Michelle I love it! Congratulations. Thanks for the story behind it!!! #9591188

Merna L. Nobile 8/9/2011 9:08:20 PM

Imagine it. Feel it. Receive it. Congratulations, your entry was very special and thanks for sharing it with all of us. Merna Nobile


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The Chicken Flock at Cuttalossa Farm.
Two trips to the over-200-year-old farm taught me a LOT about the lives of chickens. It wasn't until I was surprised by a dramatic mating at the end of my second visit, that I went back through my photos and pieced together the courtship.
These two "couples" were starting to pair up at the rear entrance of the sheep barn. The pair at the door eventually consummated before my eyes. Stay tuned.
On the side of the barn, once a saw mill, is the old mill wheel, now inoperable (see remark section). Now the farm raises tiny "baby doll" miniature sheep--for Pets!

Exif: F Number: 7.1, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/80 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 500, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 105.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

Uploaded on 6/5/2011 2:35:44 AM All Time Best Photo Contest Finalist Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner

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