December 16, 2013

Sunbathing Cows, Andalusia

Photograph by Andrew Lever

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I was driving along the beach highway when I noticed the bulls sunbathing on the empty beach. I initially thought I was seeing things, but no, it really was sunbathing cows! I had to park my car a fair distance away, and that meant a long walk along the beach in 35 [degrees Celsius] heat. It did not matter because I had to get the shot. When I got closer to them I was careful not to spook them so I crawled on my stomach on the hot sand to get a good picture of them. Mission accomplished! It was worth the effort. Tarifa Beach, Andalusia, Spain.

(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest.)


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56 comments
Shannon T
Shannon T

Their tans are coming along nicely. Who's flying the kites?

Tiffany Z
Tiffany Z

For a second, I forgot my breath

Paulette McPherson
Paulette McPherson

Love the way the cattle seem to be sitting on a fluffy surface because of the ? blowing sand ? - also the sight of the kite surfers (is that the right term) above them.

PS if they are bulls then the title should not have been cows as that is the female of the species.

Mihai Ciuca
Mihai Ciuca

surreal, one of the most beautiful I've seen, it's just like  they're lying down on a cloud mattress

Jacob Glass
Jacob Glass

Really cool photo - so glad you captured it low down!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

This gives me the impression they are resting in a low, soft mist!  But of course its a beach. Great picture .

mn tb
mn tb

Great picture, just 2 questions: 

1) Why the new web design forces us to scroll all the way down to find the Photo of the Day, THE daily highlight in the site?The new design looks like an old blog...

2) Why "Andalusia" instead of the correct Spanish spelling "Andalucia"? You wouldn't like Spanish-speaking people writing "Niu Iorc" instead of New York...

Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

Well, this is like a scene from a movie by Fellini or Alejandro Jodorowsky.  Surreal.  It seems like a prelude to something that is about to happen that will be even more bizarre.

Janice H.
Janice H.

As we used to say in the '60's,....Far Out!            Great, picture you captured Mr. Lever.

Susie P.
Susie P.

Great shot ~ well worth the effort!  

laura Mcdowell
laura Mcdowell

thank you for capturing such a seemingly rare sight. I never knew bulls did this and you've got parasailers there too! neat!!

Vernon Kilby
Vernon Kilby

Looked at 1st like a Salvidor Dali . Great shot. luv Vern

Damon Vincent
Damon Vincent

I really like the surreal nature of this photo.

t bunk
t bunk

Something curious going on here. The downloaded photo indicates the photo was by Dmitry Gorilovskiy, 2011 National Geographic Photo Contest, but the caption above indicates it was by Andrew Lever and was submitted to the 2013 contest.

Gabrielle Ethington
Gabrielle Ethington

Great picture and I love the story behind the picture (the things we do to try and get a good shot!) :)

Agnès P.
Agnès P.

It's a very funny picture xDDD

Al Gandoz
Al Gandoz

@mn tb Actually New York in Spain is called "Nueva York"... and I think is correct to call places with their translation. For example, "Rome" in Italian is "Roma", but nobody calls it in that way abroad.


Anyway, beautiful photo, I loved that place.

Jon Segui
Jon Segui

@t bunk I would like confirmation of when this image was actually taken because 35 deg this Dec in Tarifa (only 30 mins drive for me) it has not been!

Plus these cows are so tame you can basically walk right up to them. 


So all in all its a bit of a rubbish story tbh.

Andrew Lever
Andrew Lever

@Jon SeguiHi, i was living in tarifa from March until July. The story is true....Please do not be so negative.....It was a very hot day....! get out with your camera and catch some amazing images !!   All the best Andrew...

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