Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Strangely Delicate Cow Mouths
On the right are some sketches of corn leavings that I found while walking next to a former corn field that the cows had been browsing in a few weeks ago. After the corn is cut down and only stubble is left, the cows are turned loose to forage for whatever they can find to eat. There was very little left in the field except for some still-intact ears. The corn kernels were completely stripped away, but the papery husks were still attached to the stems surrounding the cobs. I cannot imagine a cow, with her great rubbery lips and teeth like piano keys, managing to eat the corn without completely destroying cob, husk, stem. And yet scattered all around the field (which now has sprouts of some cover crop coming up) were these intact ears of kernel-less corn.