Big Mules, Little Dude

By: danitacahill

Feb 15 2012

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Category: Animal Photography, History, Horses, Photojournalism, Portrait photography, Rural Photography, Travel, Western

9 Comments

Aperture:f/8
Focal Length:70mm
ISO:400
Shutter:1/250 sec
Camera:Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi

Meet Leslie and Lizzy, two Belgian draft mules. These mules are sisters. Their mama was a Belgian draft horse mare, their papa was a mammoth jack (really big donkey).

The boy clinging to one of their backs is my middle child.

This photo came from a self-imposed assignment. Tom Marquette, the owner of these mules, traveled part of the Oregon Applegate Trail in August of 2009 doing a wagon-train reenactment.

I met up with the group at several spots, in different towns along the way. I had stories and photos published about the event in three newspapers. A different story and series of photos nearly made it into a magazine. But the editor I had previously worked with left to go back to school and the ball was dropped on the project. Anyway, long story short, it didn’t run in the mag.

I have lots of great photos and some nice memories. I’d like to share some of both with you here over the next few posts.

What I like best about this shot is the contrast between the big animals and my little boy. I also like the look of concentration on my son’s face – as if the mules might suddenly race off and he is ready for that possibility. (Tom raised these mules from babies. They are super sweet, trusting, docile and obedient).

Copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.

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9 comments on “Big Mules, Little Dude”

  1. Julie at Triangle J Farm in Albany, Oregon wrote on my Facebook link: “I love Tom’s mules. He was talking with us about them at Fall feed sale this year.”

  2. I went on one of the mule-drawn hay rides at Scio Feed and Country Store Feed Sale last year, Julie. Did you? It was fun!

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