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photoblog image Chicken <s>Soup</s> for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul


This is a series of impressions from our annual Farm Day in Michigan on August 9th.

A chicken of a different feather!
(this is a Black Polish (hen--strike that) rooster, raised by sister Ruth's husband)

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


Chicken Soup for the Soul


This is a series of impressions from our annual Farm Day in Michigan on August 9th.

A chicken of a different feather!
(this is a Black Polish (hen--strike that) rooster, raised by sister Ruth's husband)

[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (45)

  • Helen
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2008, 00:12
What an attractive fellow. Love his doo... this is pretty much the same doo my son had all through high school but his changed colors from time to time. My neighbors little girl used to call him clown head.
Ginnie Hart: I laughed hysterically when I first saw this chicken, Helen. I could start in all over again! grin Thanks for the parallel "story." smile
  • Ada
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2008, 00:21
Ah.....a chicken from another world. Priceless. Really lovely focus Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Definitely from another world, Ada, because I had never seen one like it before (and I'm 63!). I'm still laughing. smile Thanks.
  • Bob-integrity
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2008, 00:28
Awesome, where the heck did you see it?
Ginnie Hart: This is one of the many different breeds of chicken on my sister's farm in Michigan, Bob. If you scroll down in my BIL's blog, you'll see some of what he raises! A total riot.
http://aviewfromthegreenbarn.blogspot.com/
Waowww... this chicken just must be came home from the salon in order to be seen pretty with his hair... hehehehe.... //Nice Ginnie details// Regards From Yogyakarta Indonesia ///
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Bram. Believe it or not, some of the chickens DO have to have their feathers cut in order for them to see where they're going. I had never seen or heard of that in my life! What a riot. smile
  • Rian
  • Alabama
  • 19 Aug 2008, 04:32
woah.. that's one mean looking chicken.. nice shot! grin
Ginnie Hart: Actually, it was pretty darn-tootin' cute, Rian, and not mean at all. smile
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2008, 05:18
They definitely have some fine looking chickens. Wonderful capture and the process coloring is fantastic.
Ginnie Hart: This is only one of many different-looking breeds, Sherri. I have never seen the likes of them in my life! Never knew they even existed!!! I'm still in shock. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Aug 2008, 05:33
She is absolutely gorgeous!

Brilliant fashion portrait work here, Ginnie....Sub&Sin better watch out!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, S&S needn't worry, of course. But you are right. She is a beauty for sure. smile Thanks, Ray.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Aug 2008, 05:47
Sorry, he looks rather dangerous and I would prefer to keep a plenty of distance! An interesting and beautiful macro! You seems to love to stay around him, courageous lady!
Ginnie Hart: She was actually very cute and tame, Philine. I think my grandson may have even picked this one up (though there were several and I couldn't keep them all straight!). I was behind the fence when I took the picture so I felt very safe. smile Thanks.
  • johnnyg
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Aug 2008, 05:52
you'd never get me to eat that thing smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I don't think I'd want to know, for sure! But it IS a hen who will soon lay eggs. Can you live with eating her eggs? smile
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Aug 2008, 06:00
......erm......different feather hey....this is one to my heart, love this one, it shows character, I can just picture this one, walking tall, walking proud, walking head up high, mhfooo, look at me, I am not affraid of the world.....
This one is for sure, NOT for the soup.
Great lighting here, great pp too, I am looking farward to the rest of those character animals on the farm...
Ginnie Hart: Just think, Astrid: I am 63 and this is the first time I ever "met" a chicken like this. There are many people in the world who are "different" and people think they have never met them, but they're everywhere around us. I suspect there IS a good lesson here, so ontzettend bedankt for the reminder. I wasn't planning to show some of the other "different" chickens here on SC but maybe you'll see them on my other blog another day. smile
quel portrait animalier de rêve! superbe
Ginnie Hart: Will wonders never cease! grin Merci, O-P.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Aug 2008, 06:54
Astrid, you hit the nail on the head, wonderful comment, perhaps you have been in one of your earlier lives...
Ginnie Hart: This is what I said to Astrid: "Just think, Astrid: I am 63 and this is the first time I ever "met" a chicken like this. There are many people in the world who are "different" and people think they have never met them, but they're everywhere around us. I suspect there IS a good lesson here, so ontzettend bedankt for the reminder."
Lovely animal portrait, Ginnie. Great detail of this very handsome chap. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Between your vulture and my chicken, I think we both are getting our education, Roz. smile
Striking chicken
Ginnie Hart: You could say that again, Nigel! smile
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 19 Aug 2008, 07:49
I think it is time for a feathercut! Her certainly is kind of cute!
Ginnie Hart: Believe it or not, Kathryn, but Don and Ruth have actually had to give "haircuts" to several of their "different" chickens! It's a riot. smile
  • Tracy
  • Stoke
  • 19 Aug 2008, 07:49
This chicken looks a bit like the ones they use for cock fighting. A mean look,I know you should not judge a book by it's cover and this chicken might be a big softy at heartsmilesmile
Great shot Ginniesmile
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Tracy, she IS a big softy at heart, as I recall. smile Thanks.
Well I have never seen one like this before, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Me neither, Chad. Talk about getting an education!! smile
  • trotsky
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Aug 2008, 08:29
what a great looking fella! and i bet he knows it smile
Ginnie Hart: She probably thinks she's a fella, Trotsky, but she'll soon be laying eggs. Can you believe it! grin
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Aug 2008, 09:17
Love the headgear! Definitely not one for the soup, as Astrid says. How could anyone even think such a thing! Great capture Ginnie.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I know, Ingrid. I couldn't bear to think of eating her!!! Thanks.
  • zohre
  • UAE
  • 19 Aug 2008, 10:01
WOW!Great portrait of a chicken.nice light.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I wonder if chickens take pride in their portraits! grin Thanks, Zohre.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Aug 2008, 10:19
Oh sorry, I didn't read exactly- a hen- a "she"- she looks very powerful and emancipated, she may be (wo)man enough to maintain her position in the pecking order of life! There is "a good lesson" indeed!
Ginnie Hart: Now I am confused, Philine, because after Ruth's comment (next, after this one), she calls him Bob the Crèvecœur. Maybe it IS a he after all??? Ruth says he's one of the roosters. Oh my! I'm still getting my education, I see!!!
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2008, 10:41
Oh! It's Bob! Bob the Crèvecœur. He is quite the poseur, isn't he? He is so proud of how he looks that he is one of the rare birds of the brood that stands still while you shoot him. BTW, Don gave away 3 roosters because the ratio to hens was not right, and there was way too much crowing going on back there. Now there are three roosters, and Bob is one!

Oh, and one little white crested black Polish flew the coop! She won't stay in (could it be because of all them damn roosters?), so I wonder how long she'll make it in the wild.
Ginnie Hart: And here I've been telling everyone it's a hen, Ruth!!! Oh my! I see I know so little and am still getting my education about all those chickens! I declare. How do YOU keep them all straight (so to speak)???
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2008, 10:44
Oh, and to Astrid, the bird that flew the coop was one of the Kufije birds! I think she must have the spirit of the one who named her.
Ginnie Hart: Astrid will be devasted! I need to head her off at the pass so as not to disturb her too greatly!!! sad
The Rolling Stones song spring to mind Little Red Rooster when looking at this fine portrait Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. This Bob the Crèvecœur would be so proud. smile Thanks, Michael.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Aug 2008, 11:29
he looks like he is THE BOSS
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure he's ONE of the bosses, Chantal. smile Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Australia on night shift
  • 19 Aug 2008, 11:45
Lets not be poultry its a fowl chicken lol
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHAHA! Gotta love the English language, Vintage. grin
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich..sunny...at the moment
  • 19 Aug 2008, 11:49
He ain't pretty but it's a cracking picture Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: HA! Do you think he knows what he looks like, Bill???? grin
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Aug 2008, 12:32
.....erm....BOB....??? well sometimes we cannot see from the outside what is the inside, I left it 'in the middle' what it was......BUT one of Kuifjes flew off into the wide world...I do hope 'it' got everything in it's suitcase to have a happy exploring the world.... wink...erm....I would have loved to be the one carrying the suitcase, I love traveling tonguetongue
Ginnie Hart: And of all people to find him/her, you could do it, Astrid! I hope we have good news soon that she is back safe-n-sound. Otherwise, I don't want to know anything except that she is off into her own world, full of mystery and intrigue!
  • Bob-Integrity
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2008, 12:57
Ok Ginnie, where is BIL's blogs since I can't find it. By the way you must have a wonderful camera because the resolution of this and other pics are so very, very fine. Have you ever considered opening an internet business to sell your digital photography on matted prints?

(by the way, how do you change the smilee face at the bottom of a comment..I click it and a new window comes up just explaining what a shmood is, but no provision to change it)
Ginnie Hart: I do like my camera, Bob! smile HA! I'll show it to you some day.

Don's link is what I added at the end of your last comment. Let me know if you have problems accessing it:
http://aviewfromthegreenbarn.blogspot.com/

And yes, I'd LOVE to do an Internet business! Believe it or not, I sold my first framed picture to someone who visited this blog back in July. My first and only! I would love it if I could make a business of it, for sure. I think that's the dream of all us photographers!!!

That Schmood link is actually not for YOU (the commenter) but for the photographer who has a way of telling visitors what they expect in comments...from green to yellow to red. Sorry that isn't very clear. But other faces YOU might want to make in your comments are like emoticons in chat services. : + ) will be a smiley face smile. : + D will be a huge grin grin, etc. It's kinda fun. smile
Roosters are beautiful and this one is no exception. Lovely portrait, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I bet you've seen ones like this all your life, Mary!
Good shot Ginnie but almost as unattractive as Rosalyn's vulture. Did he give you a wake-up call every morning you were there?
Ginnie Hart: There were 3 or 4 roosters that were inside the back of the barn every morning, Brian, so they never woke me up. But every time I heard them throughout the day, I always started laughing. smile
  • FLOOG
  • The garden of my soul
  • 19 Aug 2008, 13:27
He is absolutely magnificent. What a stunning face. Fabulous, Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Creator God sure has a sense of humor, Paul. smile
  • mary
  • 19 Aug 2008, 14:26
I almost did a spit take when I saw this fine fellow. How absurd and totally wonderful! Lovely tones in this photo, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I laughed hysterically when I first saw him and his other differently-feathered friends, Mary. I really got my education that day! smile
Oh I love this! I'll be moving a 15 min walk away from some roosters like this. I suspect I will be visiting them from time to time to practice up too..

Great details and shot!
And once I move, I do plan to be back here on SC more and more!
Ginnie Hart: You will have so many opportunities for your photography after you move, Jen! I will be glad to see you back on SC with regularity! Thanks for stopping by again.
Beautiful detail here; and a curious chick!
Ginnie Hart: Very curious, Wim! Have you seen any of them here in Holland, I wonder??
A fierce looking fellow. He has a great profile.
Ginnie Hart: He is one proud peacock, Michael! smile
  • P.J.
  • United States
  • 19 Aug 2008, 18:16
Great details and closeup. Nicely done!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, PJ.
  • Magnus
  • Norway
  • 19 Aug 2008, 19:31
A rooster with an attitude smile
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Magnus! smile
A rooster not to be messed with. He is a fine looking fellow indeed. I bet he gets all the chicks!!
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure you're right, Pat. smile Thanks.
  • Klaus
  • Germany
  • 19 Aug 2008, 21:59
Ginnie, incredible ... i must repeat me ... ypu have the drive .. amazing sharpness and great toning
Ginnie Hart: You are as big as an entire fan club to me, Klaus! grin Thank you kindly.
  • Padraig
  • Scotland
  • 19 Aug 2008, 22:12
Even in the secret world of chicken fasion those doo's from the 80's are creeping back into vogue!!
Ginnie Hart: Yes they are, Padraig. What is it they say...that history always repeats itself!! smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Aug 2008, 16:10
What is the name of his band?

Cock-a-hoop and the broken eggs - my suggestion if they are still looking smile
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 22 Aug 2008, 06:11
Now this is a face a mother could definitely love. Very cute chicken too.
Ginnie Hart: HA! You have given me a nice laugh (again), Kay. smile
haha! Cool hair cut! I love it! Great capture. grin
Ginnie Hart: Anything to make our day, Julia, right?! grin
  • Martie
  • United States
  • 11 Sep 2008, 05:05
Just saw this one Ginnie - and WOW! Does he have an attitude or what! Wonderful shot.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Thanks for back-tracking, Martie. grin

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