Incontri di Campagna

It is still rather easy, as one wanders around in the Italian countryside, to run into all kinds of animals, mostly being kept by the farmers for agricultural or commercial purposes. 

I have seen and photographed several breeds of cows (figs. 1-2) when visiting cheese and mozzarella producing factories in Umbria and Lazio. These animals were amazing and seemed very friendly as I was trying to capture the essence of their "work day." 

Mules and donkeys (figs. 3-4) are often utilized in the fields or to help carry loads. The white donkey I once met in a remote village was named Silvio by his proud owner. I had seen him again on several subsequent trips, until I found out last year that Silvio had been stolen from his stable and was never recovered, unfortunately. 

Horses are still seen pulling their carriages mostly around larger cities (fig. 5) to the delight of the frequent tourists. However, years ago, we enjoyed a Western style rodeo outside Rieti (fig. 6) with local cowboys working their cattle while riding some very experienced horses. 

Chickens, goats, and the occasional rooster (figs. 7-9) are commonly seen at any of the small Italian farms, helping the family budget with their eggs and milk. Ducks, sheep, pigs, and turkeys (figs. 10-13) often complete the line up!

Indeed, days can be very busy and tiring for the farmers and their loyal animals, but there is always someone out there (fig. 14) who will find comfort and pleasure in watching everyone else hard at work!