Shootin’ the shit with Frisco

☆ August 17, 2011



98 Responses to “Shootin’ the shit with Frisco”

  1. Michelle
    August 17th, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    Frisco’s all “And then what happened?”

  2. Tori
    August 17th, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    Frisco is GIGANTIC!

  3. Kim
    August 17th, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    Wow! Is all I have to say!

  4. Leisa
    August 17th, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    Another print I would SO buy!! Awesome…

  5. Diana Reitz
    August 17th, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    I have to agree with TORI — He is that and then some. Can you still cuddle him? LOL.

  6. Micaela Morris
    August 17th, 2011 @ 8:27 am

    He is huge! Anybody else would be terried to sit so close to him…he looks utterly enchanted with whatever you are saying.

  7. Dianne
    August 17th, 2011 @ 8:29 am

    Wow! Frisco grew up. WAYYY up!

  8. Shelley
    August 17th, 2011 @ 8:32 am

    I’ll title this photo “mutual trust.”

  9. Dana
    August 17th, 2011 @ 8:43 am

    I LOVE his horns. He has become such a big boy. Have you started teach him how to pull a wagon yet?

  10. D'Ann
    August 17th, 2011 @ 8:44 am

    I like the way your outfit coinsided with Frisco’s. Can’t go wrong with black. Makes for a great photo op!

  11. wright1
    August 17th, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    Matching outfits contrasting nicely with the summer grass, two friends at their ease under the great sky… lovely.

    And yeah: the size of him. Even allowing for foreshortening, what a majestically massive animal.

  12. Ticia
    August 17th, 2011 @ 8:52 am

    This is a great picture. Just cracks me up.

  13. Alyssa
    August 17th, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    I love this pic! I can see Frisco saying “Sup?” “Nm you?”

    I just want to curl up and take a nap with him!

  14. Deborah
    August 17th, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    Wow! What a picture…..would love a copy of this if possible some day. Wow….again!

  15. Carolyne
    August 17th, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER!!! (Except maybe if Charlie were lounging with you guys…)

  16. Pat D.
    August 17th, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    Too bad you don’t do caption contests here– this photo is perfect for it!

    Great shot of ‘Frisco, thanks for sharing.

  17. Corrie
    August 17th, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    He’s very handsome. What a great buddy.

  18. Karen
    August 17th, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    What a beauty! I just want to give him a treat and pet that broad forehead!

    Just out of curiosity, now that his horns are so big do you need to be more careful of how he moves them, or is he aware of them enough to be sufficiently careful himself?

    I’ve not been around large animals much myself, but know that horses can accidentally step on a foot, and they’ve been using their hooves all their lives. I’m sure Frisco knows the horns are there but does he also know to be careful about where they are relative to where you are as a result?

    I know he’s not aggressive or mean, and I really respect that you aren’t changing things that don’t need changing. I’m just curious how he himself handles those impressive knobs on his noggin!

  19. Miranda
    August 17th, 2011 @ 9:22 am


  20. Evan
    August 17th, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    Wowza…Frisco grew WAY up! That’s a great shot!

  21. Bruce
    August 17th, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    You’ll never get mugged walkin that boy!

  22. Jenny C
    August 17th, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    He’s gorgeous! Got that view covered, he facing one way and you the other. Agree w/Wright1 – you both look stunning in black.

  23. Nancey
    August 17th, 2011 @ 9:33 am

    Handsome man that one! I could just kiss that sweet head. He looks like he’s saying, oh really? you think? that’s not how I saw it.

    love this.

  24. Marg
    August 17th, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    Maybe Alyssa wants to take a nap with him, he makes me feel like running!!! Gorgeous picture Shreve. Where are all his ‘girls’ while you are communing with him? They are the ones I would worry about if I was the worrying kind lol. I was wondering when you were going to mention him as it seems you’ve just been eating and washing clothes and shooting rattlers, glad to see you’re keeping a close eye on him, really close.

  25. Amber Star
    August 17th, 2011 @ 9:47 am

    Haven’t been around in a good while, but I thought you were going to buy a cow and make artisan cheeses and cure them in a cave or something. Your steer is very fine though.

  26. hello haha narf
    August 17th, 2011 @ 9:52 am

    i’m so blown away by the beauty and power and peace and comfort and love in this photo that i can’t seem to gather an intelligent comment.

  27. Amber Star
    August 17th, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    Oh…sorry, I found the whole cow/babies story after looking around a bit.

  28. Heidi
    August 17th, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    Dang Gina!!!! Frisco done grew up! Such a handsome fella. Love the picture! Love you!

  29. Nathalie
    August 17th, 2011 @ 10:22 am

    That is such a great picture. I would never even think of getting in a field, let alone eye to eye with an animal that size. He looks like a sweetheart and waiting for whatever you have to say next :-)

  30. Olga
    August 17th, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    I just going to say what everyone else is saying: My God he is big!!

    How did he get so huge? :)

    The photo is terrific. Thanks so much for sharing it. :o)

  31. Richard
    August 17th, 2011 @ 10:35 am

    Shreve, I am so awestruck by this photo and the
    underlying sense of love and compassion that it
    I find myself wishing that I could stand behind Frisco and see the love in your face as well as that shown by him.
    Wow, what a beautiful photo!

  32. Scotty
    August 17th, 2011 @ 10:48 am

    so i sez to the guy…

  33. carol
    August 17th, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    whatever you just told him, the look on his face says “Don’t bullshit a Bull!”

  34. Karyn
    August 17th, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    Appears you two have some catchin’ up to do! Love the pic!

  35. Janey
    August 17th, 2011 @ 11:54 am

    He’s about the size of Yellowstone Park! What a magnificent being.

  36. bonnie
    August 17th, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    wow. the beauty, the power, the trust — all are truely awesome. and the fact that you got in there to get the shot without trampling any of the flowers just adds another level of amazing.
    please do add this one to your available prints.

  37. Maggie
    August 17th, 2011 @ 12:11 pm

    Wow, He IS big! haha. Great portrait of you two.

  38. Shannon
    August 17th, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    He’s huge…and so handsome! What a great photo.

  39. Dawn
    August 17th, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    WOW!!! Thats all I got. WOW

  40. pam
    August 17th, 2011 @ 1:05 pm

    I can only echo what everyone else is saying…

    Shreve, you are such an amazing woman! Have you always known exactly what people want and need? :-)

  41. Claire
    August 17th, 2011 @ 1:09 pm

    What a handsome guy and he is huge!. Very special beautiful pic. Looks like you two are just BSing on an afternoon.
    BTW how do you measure the size of him— by pounds? Just asking, I’m ignorant in ranch/farm animals.

  42. Claire
    August 17th, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    OMT – where’s his ear tag?

  43. Barbara
    August 17th, 2011 @ 1:56 pm

    What a wonderful picture!
    One question, Shreve, what are sage chickens?

  44. Patr
    August 17th, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    oh isn’t that sweet how you dressed up in black for a special date with that big boy. ;)

    I’m sure Mike isn’t jealous at all….

  45. Nanci
    August 17th, 2011 @ 4:20 pm

    Great shot…such composition. Loveit!

  46. carolyn
    August 17th, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    My favorite book as a child was “The Story of Ferdinand,” written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson. Ferdinand loved to smell the flowers… this photo reminds me of that book. I love this photo. Thank you for sharing it.

  47. Janey
    August 17th, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

    Shreve, would you consider adding a Farmily calendar to your shop? It would be a wonderful way to have pictures of everyone.

    And yes, Carolyn, Ferdinand is a wonderful book. Frisco and Sir Baby both remind me of him.

  48. debbie
    August 17th, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

    Can I copy and paste to my Facebook page…please.With all due credits,of course :)

  49. Carole
    August 17th, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    What a fabulous photo!

  50. Janet H.
    August 17th, 2011 @ 7:25 pm

    Gteat photo and I second the farmily calendar idea.
    Are sage chickens grouse?

  51. Colleen G
    August 17th, 2011 @ 8:28 pm

    Seems like a lot of bullshit to me… LOL!!!!! He is soooo magnificent! I want to kiss his WHOLE face. This is one of the best pics ever!

  52. carmel
    August 17th, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

    Sitting it out!! (words fail me)

  53. Colleen
    August 18th, 2011 @ 12:36 am

    I have rarely typed the word awesome, and don’t believe I’ve ever actually said it aloud, but this would make an awesome print.


  54. Lesley
    August 18th, 2011 @ 2:08 am

    Please make this a print! It’s so beautiful. Would be great in a calendar too.

  55. Chris
    August 18th, 2011 @ 5:55 am

    Barbara – Sage Chickens :

  56. Katbalu
    August 18th, 2011 @ 6:55 am

    What a beautiful picture!

  57. Cin
    August 18th, 2011 @ 6:57 am

    Triple love this pic Shreve!

  58. Laurie G
    August 18th, 2011 @ 8:35 am

    Yes, a print, PLEASE! Yes, a Farmily calendar, PLEASE! Ditto to all previous comments. Breathtaking…

    The first comment from Michelle cracked me up!

  59. catherine
    August 18th, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    He is so big. I remember when he was born, little guy….He is huge, he is a house, my god he must eat so much grass…He is a train. He odes look happy in the mountains.

  60. Phyllis Schmidt
    August 18th, 2011 @ 9:45 am

    GOOD GUGA MUGA—he is huge!!

  61. Jessica
    August 18th, 2011 @ 10:02 am

    I LOVE this picture and caption!

  62. PatH
    August 18th, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    I’d love to join the party! This is a a wonderful photo – the light around Frisco and Shreve, the darker corners and grasses framing the subjects! Frisco’s eyes communicating connection…mystical! Curious if you were using a tripod and shooting remotely or was someone taking the pic?

  63. Carla
    August 18th, 2011 @ 11:33 am

    I can’t believe I just Googled sage chickens. Never heard of them before, never thought I’d do anything with those two words that doesn’t have an “and” between them, as in sage and chickens.

  64. spenlo
    August 18th, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

    Add me to those who would buy a family calendar. Try Cafepress!

  65. Marva Felchlin
    August 18th, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    Great photo. Made me laugh out loud! Thanks.

  66. Cheri Glover
    August 18th, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    THE most stunning photograph EVER! Thank you for sharing!

  67. Beverly Murphy
    August 18th, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    double ditto to ‘Farmily’ calender! this is a great photo! i am not from farm/ranching back ground so have no comparison to size but he is HUGE and BEAUTIFUL!! and he does seem so placid and at peace..thank you for sharing as always

  68. Marlene
    August 18th, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

    AMAZING picture! he has grown up sooo huge.
    this picture really shows his size compared to others you have shown us! this picture says sooo much…its just amazing the feelings you capture with your camera..I wish I could do that. Marlene from Cambria

  69. TomT
    August 18th, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    Awesome shot! I love the field you’re sitting in too. It must be so quiet up there.

  70. Rhea
    August 18th, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    ….so this big wind blew over the prairie and knocked over all the cows but…..WE BULLS WOBBLE BUT WE DON’T FALL DOWN!

  71. Rhea
    August 18th, 2011 @ 4:51 pm

    For those of you too young to remember there was a toy called “Weebles” that had rounded bottoms so they never fell over!

  72. Carmen Mena
    August 18th, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

    I absolutely adore this photo. Frisco is a big boy now.

  73. wang_dang
    August 18th, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Shootin’ the shit, indeed.

  74. Jenny_in_Van
    August 18th, 2011 @ 9:27 pm

    Oh Shreve, you are just too much. The complete envy of this city girl right about now.

  75. annbb
    August 18th, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

    OK, how did you manage to take that photo?

  76. Marg
    August 19th, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    TOO FUNNY Rhea!!

  77. Mary C.
    August 19th, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    I was studying the photo of Frisco w/ those horns and glanced to the top left of webpage and noticed the postage stamp logo – seems a similar proudful farmily. :0)

  78. Bethany
    August 19th, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    Love, Love, Love this!

  79. Sunny
    August 19th, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

    I am in love :) xoxoxo

  80. rikku
    August 19th, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

    A. I love his crooked-y horns! :D

    B. Who took the picture!? Charlie? :P

    C. Is he as soft as he looks? Maybe that’s a silly question, but I wonder. I know you said Daisy’s face is really soft, but is she/are cows in general soft all over? Because that’d be awesome. :D

  81. shreve
    August 19th, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    Rikku –
    A. So do I!
    B. I did – tripod, timer, and a bit of magic
    C. Frisco’s coat is like velvet – it’s amazing how soft. All the other cattle are not as soft, not even Fiona. Frisco’s coat is more like fur than hair.

    Thanks all!
    I’ll try to answer the other Q’s later/sometime…

  82. Lucky
    August 19th, 2011 @ 11:56 pm

    dang his nose looks soft :)

  83. E.J.
    August 20th, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    Frisco’s face is filed with personhood.I bet the two of you really are talking.

  84. Laura
    August 20th, 2011 @ 12:36 pm

    I set this photo as my desktop, and my husband, who normally ignores everything on my screen, stopped and exclaimed over how beautiful a shot it is. Even not knowing the story behind it, it truly is an arrestingly beautiful photo — you have such an incredible gift, Shreve! One of these days I can see your photos of Wyoming life becoming as iconic as Ansel Adams’ photos of Yosemite are. And no, I’m not just laying it on thick — there’s magic in your photographer’s eye!

  85. Christine Cronin
    August 20th, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    Love the photo!!!! Did you guys plan to dress in the same color? What an awesome creature.

  86. Gabriella
    August 21st, 2011 @ 2:31 am

    Amazing! Is is just me or does Frisco seem to have a human like quality to his face and eyes, his expression, he is fixed on you completely. Can you still lay on him and brush him? Does he look for you on his own?

  87. Anji
    August 21st, 2011 @ 4:23 am

    What a beautiful picture of summer!

    I visit your blog when I’m on ExposeYourBlog!

  88. Deborah
    August 21st, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

    Anyone ever tell you you are a modern day Thoreau? Well, I am telling you, in case no one else has. And I really admire that.
    Oh, and Sir Baby is “the bomb!”

  89. Barbara
    August 21st, 2011 @ 9:55 pm

    He truly looks like some mythological beast. A scarily powerful manifestation of good energy capable of vanquishing energy that’s not so good. I mean, he is awesome!!!!!!

  90. Holly
    August 22nd, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    This what warms the heart of my inner child – who once had a bull for a bestie!

  91. Laura
    August 22nd, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

    This must be why Hindu’s worship cows…I’m gonna have a problem with my next hamburger. Frisco is GORGEOUS. I agree with the above; the boy needs a calendar pic!

  92. leah
    August 22nd, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

    What a treat, thanks for sharing your summer adventure.

  93. carmel
    August 23rd, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    Peace Joy Light Nature Wonder Life chew the cud contentment !!
    Add me to the calendar list…just wondering if you’re working on your next book ??

  94. angie
    August 25th, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    beautiful shot! even the way your back frames the flowers perfectly. and i love the title! ;)

  95. April
    August 25th, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    Shreve, I just want to let you know that this is one of the most inspiring pictures I have EVER seen! My Arabian let me lay down with her one night while I was babysitting a fire I’d started much earlier that night. She allowed me to sit down and lean against her side as she slept with her mouth resting on my shoe. I waited almost 10 years for that moment. But to see you out there lounging with a bull you consider family on a mountain by yourself is a great reminder to me of all that I want to experience in this life and that I should not let it all fall to the side for even one moment of getting caught up in being busy in this life. Thank you 10,000 times for capturing this breath-taking picture!

  96. carmel
    August 25th, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    Beauty and the Beast!

  97. Jackie/Montana
    August 26th, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

    This made me gasp! I don’t even know what to say. This has touched me so. Thank you

  98. CathyA
    August 27th, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    If a family calendar is in the offing, you obviously have to include this one!

    Assuming this is Daisy and Frisco?

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