A cat rescue.

A dog urinating.

Yes, it’s been an interesting couple of weeks in the life of Kent Porter, photojournalist.

As I wrote in a post last week, I spent part of a day with Marin County dairy farmer Mike Moretti.  As I was wrapping up the shoot, Mike heard a familiar sound of a cow about ready to give birth.

Mike knows this sound. The room in which he sleeps at night is right in back of a pen where expecting summer heifers are ready to give birth.  He takes no chances when it comes to protecting the heard he tends. When Moretti hears that sound, no matter what time of the day, he’s out there to make sure everything, ah, goes smoothly (can birth not be painful?).

Sometimes photographers have a knack of being in the right place at the right time.  Whether it’s that little voice telling us to take a little longer to shoot, or just stupid luck whumping us upside the head. Once in awhile things happen right in front of you, making it almost too easy.

Well, now I have a picture of a jersey cow giving birth.  That’s a first for me.   If you don’t like gross things (cow birth is messy) you may not want to look.

Dairy farmer Mike Moretti helps a jersey dair cow deliver a calf Thursday September 1, 2011 at his ranch in Marin County. Moretti is switching over to organic, prompted by several dairy farmers leaving Clover Stornetta for Wisconsin based Organic Valley. That left an opportunity to switch and stay local with Clover. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

Dairy farmer Mike Moretti helps a jersey dairy cow deliver a calf Thursday September 1, 2011 at his ranch in Marin County. Moretti is switching over to organic, prompted by several dairy farmers leaving Clover Stornetta for Wisconsin based Organic Valley. That left an opportunity to switch and stay local with Clover. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

A newborn a jersey is cleaned by her mother, Thursday September 1, 2011 at the Moretti ranch in Marin County. Mike Moretti is switching over to organic, prompted by several dairy farmers leaving Clover Stornetta for Wisconsin based Organic Valley. That left an opportunity to switch and stay local with Clover. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

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