Thursday, December 16, 2010

Frost on the Brow of the Ox

The official temperature was -26 degrees F (-32.2 degrees C). Scout the Ox was happy to be in the barn out of the wind, in a well bedded pen (He's free to choose sleeping inside or outside; the gate is always open unless the night's weather is expected to be severe --- in which case closing it helps to break the wind.)
Scout the Ox has just had his morning feeding of about three pounds of an all-stock ground grain mix. Some of the grain stuck to his nose. He gets a second feeding of about three pounds in the evening. I feed his hay outside to help keep his pen clean of manure. I'd rather he not be inside unless he's sleeping, eating his grain in the wee hours of the morning, or drinking his water.

Harry the Dog is peeking under the fence from his bed while Scout the Ox  washes down his breakfast with a fresh bucket of water. I carry Scout and Harry's water in the blue buckets of which I have two. I exchange the buckets twice a day. The one in the barn is sitting inside a discarded rubber tire and has bedding stuffed around it to slow freezing of the water.

I bring the second bucket in the house so it can thaw out before I refill it. This prevents banging on frozen buckets and breaking them. One of our house cats, Squeak, likes to play in the frozen buckets.
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Van Gogh's Ox Gets X-ray and CT Scan

Van Gogh's famous painting The Ox Cart had its paint digitally peeled at the Oregon Health and Science University Hospital on Monday, December 13, 2010. After hanging on the wall of a Roseburg, Oregon home for many years the painting was donated to the Portland Art Museum. The X-ray and CT scans are part of an international research project into the details of Van Gough's artwork. The painting is valued in the millions of dollars.

OHSU covered the expense of making the images of The Ox Cart. The data gathered will be shared with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

 Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853-1890) was a Dutch Post Impressionist painter perhaps better known for his painting Cart with Red and White Ox which hangs in the Kroller-Muller Museum in the  Netherlands.

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