Pairing Up

© Michelle Alton

Pairing Up

Uploaded: June 05, 2011 02:35:43


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


Michelle Alton June 05, 2011

The Mill at Cuttalossa Farm #1382681

Carolyn M. Fletcher level-deluxe June 05, 2011

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

Gregory R. Gaskin June 05, 2011

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 level-deluxe June 05, 2011

Great lighting and captures - A terrific series! #9444562

Jack Gaskin June 05, 2011

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 level-classic June 05, 2011

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

Dave Bell June 05, 2011

Poor old goose it does look so sad. #9444688

Ron McEwan June 05, 2011

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 June 05, 2011

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

Julie Burnett June 05, 2011

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

John Rivera level-deluxe June 05, 2011

Great comp and capture Michelle! #9444804

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe June 05, 2011

Fabulous place and beautiful farm series, Michelle. #9444805

Monnie Ryan June 05, 2011

Very cool series, Michelle! #9444881

Ann H. Belus level-deluxe June 05, 2011

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

Tiia Vissak June 05, 2011

a wonderful scene! #9444898

Stan Kwasniowski June 05, 2011

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

Ujjwal Mukherjee June 05, 2011

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

Rony Sagy June 05, 2011

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 level-deluxe June 05, 2011

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

Michael Umbreit June 05, 2011

Wonderful colors and tones!! #9445137

Ann Coates level-classic June 05, 2011

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 level-classic June 05, 2011

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 June 05, 2011

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 June 05, 2011

Wonderful capture, Michelle! I love farms. #9445527

Terry Cervi level-classic June 05, 2011

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 level-classic June 05, 2011

Beautiful scenes and photo essay, Michelle!!

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

Tamara K. Walker level-classic June 05, 2011

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

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic June 05, 2011

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 June 06, 2011

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

Beth J. Orick June 06, 2011

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

Tammy Espino June 06, 2011

Fantastic country capture!:) #9447029

Rona L. Schwarz June 06, 2011

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 June 07, 2011

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

Jill Odice level-classic June 07, 2011

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

Emile Abbott level-deluxe June 07, 2011

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

Emile Abbott level-deluxe June 07, 2011

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

Emile Abbott level-deluxe June 07, 2011

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

Lester A. Garcia June 07, 2011

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 June 08, 2011

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

Nancyj E. Hovey level-classic June 08, 2011

on your very deserving EFP! 8o) #9451166

Aimee S. McMaster June 09, 2011

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

Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic June 09, 2011

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

Lynne Morris June 14, 2011

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

Kathryn Wesserling June 22, 2011

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

Mary K. Robison June 23, 2011

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 July 28, 2011

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

Monnie Ryan July 28, 2011

And congratulations once again! #9560874

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict July 28, 2011

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, Michelle!

Debby #9561188

Jennifer L. Alder July 28, 2011

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

Tammy Espino July 28, 2011

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

Sharon Sawyer July 28, 2011

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

Mary Timman July 28, 2011

Congratulations on this beautiful Finalist! #9561421

Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe July 28, 2011

Congratulations on another silver award.Good luck! #9561773

Ujjwal Mukherjee July 28, 2011

Congratulations ,Michelle!! #9561785

Bill Johnson July 28, 2011

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

Carol L. Fowler July 28, 2011

Congrats on this beautiful Finalist! #9561905

Reynaldo D. Reyes July 28, 2011

Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Michelle! #9562238

Kathryn Wesserling July 29, 2011

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 level-classic July 29, 2011

Congratulations on this marvellous finalist, Michelle. #9562546

Marilyn Cornwell level-deluxe July 29, 2011

Congratulations, Michelle on this great Finalist! #9562896

Stefania Barbier level-addict July 29, 2011

huge congrats on your gorgeous finalist!!! #9563244

Cathy Barrows July 29, 2011

Congrats on your this scene #9563422

Danny B. Head July 29, 2011

Love the rural scene! Congrats, Michelle! #9563447

Wanda B. Anderson July 29, 2011

Congratulations on your finalist! What an enchanting place!


Phyllis H. Burchett July 29, 2011

Congrats on this wonderful Finalist Michelle! #9563919

Patrick Rouzes July 29, 2011

Congratulations & good luck, Michelle! WTG! #9563973

Linda L. Ruiz level-classic July 29, 2011


Wanda Judd level-addict July 29, 2011

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

Richard B. Hallick July 29, 2011

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

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic July 29, 2011

Big Congratulations Michelle!,
Amalia #9565048

Bojan Bencic level-classic July 29, 2011

Congratulations on your finalists, Michelle. #9565072

Lydia Williams level-deluxe July 29, 2011

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

Courtenay Vanderbilt July 29, 2011

Congratulations again, Michelle! #9565248

Lynne Morris July 29, 2011

WTG on this beautiful winner Michelle, Congratulations. #9565556

Aimee S. McMaster July 29, 2011

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

Bojan Bencic level-classic July 29, 2011

Congratulations on your win, Michelle! #9565735

Val Feldman level-deluxe July 29, 2011

..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 July 29, 2011

Great news! Big congratulations on your win! #9565819

Courtenay Vanderbilt July 29, 2011

Congratulations on your winner, Michelle! #9565882

Ermanno Radice July 29, 2011

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

Stefania Barbier level-addict July 29, 2011

gorgeous winner, congratulations!!! #9565980

Danny B. Head July 29, 2011

Congrats on a fine win, Michelle! #9566011

Alex T. Mizuno July 29, 2011

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

Agnes Fegan level-deluxe July 29, 2011

Congrats on your win Michelle! #9566081

Monica Mermoz level-classic July 29, 2011

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

Mary Timman July 29, 2011

Huge Congratulations on your Winner! #9566188

Lester A. Garcia July 29, 2011

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 level-deluxe July 29, 2011

Congrats Michelle on your beautiful winner. #9566209

Phyllis H. Burchett July 29, 2011

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

Rona L. Schwarz July 29, 2011

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

Anita Hogue July 29, 2011

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

Nadia Paul July 29, 2011

Congrats on your beautiful winner Michelle! #9566768

Kitty R. Rodehorst-Hanna July 29, 2011

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

Erin Appelbaum July 29, 2011

Awesome winner Michelle. Congrats!! Peter #9566865

Barbara Waldoch July 29, 2011

Congratulations on this wonderful winner, Michelle! #9566924

Renee Doyle July 29, 2011

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

Beverley Scott July 29, 2011

Congratulations, Michelle, on this great win! #9567029

Debra R. Harder July 29, 2011

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

David Phalen July 29, 2011

BIG Congrats on an excellent Winner!! #9567102

Judy V. Kennamer level-classic July 29, 2011

Congratulations on your beautiful WINNER Michelle! #9567200

Mukesh Srivastava July 29, 2011

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

Kathryn Wesserling July 29, 2011

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

Heather Loewenhardt level-deluxe July 29, 2011

Congratulations for winning Gold Michelle. #9567347

Amy M. Wilson July 29, 2011

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

R. J. Laudenbacher level-classic July 29, 2011

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

Mary Dimitriw level-deluxe July 29, 2011

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

Ann Coates level-classic July 29, 2011

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 July 29, 2011

Congrats on your win, Michelle :) #9567710

Rony Sagy July 29, 2011

Huge congratulations on this wonderful win, Michelle. #9567759

Mariann Kovats level-classic July 29, 2011

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

Renata Gusciora July 29, 2011

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

Robert K. Bemus level-classic July 29, 2011

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

Mary K. Robison July 29, 2011

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

Lisa J. Boulden level-classic July 29, 2011

A lovely winner, Michelle!
~♥~ #9568011

Glenn E. Traver July 30, 2011

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

Brett Dolsen July 30, 2011

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

Alan L. Borror July 30, 2011

Congratulations on this terrific winner, Michelle! #9568313

Ian M. Hill July 30, 2011

Big congrats Michelle a real beauty. #9568314

Kirsten Kiki Kjaer level-classic July 30, 2011

Congratulations on your gold win, Michelle. #9568371

Ujjwal Mukherjee July 30, 2011

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

frank w. degenhardt July 30, 2011

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

Jessica Jenney July 30, 2011

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

Gail Sullivan July 30, 2011

Congrats on a terrific winning image, Michelle! #9568636

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict July 30, 2011

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



Ken Smith level-classic July 30, 2011

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

Mike Clime July 30, 2011

Congratulations on your winner, Michelle! #9568818

JO ANN CLEVELAND July 30, 2011

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

jo ann c. #9569056

Lydia Williams level-deluxe July 30, 2011

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

Cathy Barrows July 30, 2011

Congrats on your winner...wonderful #9569249

Patrick Rouzes July 30, 2011

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

Mitch Spence level-classic July 30, 2011

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

Marijana Fajgl July 30, 2011

Big congratulations, Michelle on your fantastic gold! #9569608

Sharon Sawyer July 30, 2011

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

Kenneth Waxman July 30, 2011

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

Ken Jarvis July 30, 2011

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

Phyllis A. Houghton July 30, 2011

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

Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic July 30, 2011

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

Ellen Hodges July 30, 2011

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

Karen Bacon July 31, 2011

Congratulations on your win Michelle! #9570953

Gord MacEachern July 31, 2011

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 level-addict July 31, 2011

Congratulations Michelle on your Win!!!

Dominick #9571728

ALLEN O. HOWARD July 31, 2011

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

Emile Abbott level-deluxe July 31, 2011

Great winner Michelle. WTG my friend. #9572067

Carol Teal July 31, 2011

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 July 31, 2011

Congratulations Michelle on your very deserving win. #9572714

Usman M. Bajwa level-classic August 01, 2011

CONGRATZ on this beautiful Gold Winner!!!

UB. #9573749

Linda Blair August 01, 2011

Fantastic winner...congratulations!! #9573792

Michele Peterson level-classic August 02, 2011

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 level-classic August 03, 2011

Beautiful winner, Michelle. Huge congrats. #9579433

Randy D. Dinkins level-deluxe August 03, 2011

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

Mick Burkey August 04, 2011

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

Karen Kessler August 05, 2011

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

Carmody Baker August 08, 2011

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

Merna L. Nobile August 09, 2011

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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