Beasts of Burden
Bright, Gentle and Strong
The yoke's clatter signifies the workday's beginning.
Directing the team's mighty brawn requires only a verbal command.
Oxman Darin Tschopp trains the animals he refers to as "my guys."
The fur from an ox's back is shorn for use in the brickyard and at the wigmaker's shop.
A slender goad is the only persuasion needed to lead the heavy steps of these ruddy behemoths.
An empty cart makes for a light burden on this dappled afternoon.
A team of Randalls in placid toil.
Oxen invert a field, their dragging plow churning a wake of dark soil.
Their task increasing by the shovelful, a team awaits its burden.
A lumbering pair shoulders a load of hogsheads.
An ox pulls a cart past a Greek Revival church, erected in 1856 on Market Square.
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