During our recent vacation back home to Maine, we spent some time down in Kennebunkport. We love the area and all the history associated with it, especially the stories of the various ship captains of yore that bought and restored some of the historical properties in the village.
Yet, there is another very famous resident, or residents. The Bush family. Yes, that Bush family. As in former Presidents George HW Bush and his son President George GW Bush. They have a beautiful home . . .well it's really a family compound, out on Walker's Point in Kennebunkport.
Here's a half-way decent shot of the home:
Hush up Amanda! I was not being a stalker. And besides, if I was, then so were all of those other people - some with cameras much more expensive with lenses that required their own special tripod in order to remain attached to the camera!
So, the house and the setting are very typical of homes you might find along the rocky downeast Maine coastline. Well, homes that belong to the wealthy. And political.
It's always been one of my favorite homes. I have a huge thing for cedar shingles. And um, homes along the coastline, whether they belong to the wealthy or political. Doesn't make a difference to me. OK so it was one of my favorite homes. Until I noticed a new addition to the property that is just so incredibly out of place that it had me shaking my head for a good long time after I noticed it.
What is this oddity you ask?
It's a cow. A Longhorn to be specific. A huge white statue of a Longhorn cow. On the lawn of the property next to one of the other homes on the compound, just mere feet away from the main home. A large white Longhorn statue with brightly colored hand prints.
At first I thought maybe it was an art project created by the grandkids. Maybe it is. I don't know.
Here, this is the best shot I could get with my telephoto lens. I do admit, I felt just a wee bit stalkerish trying to zoom in on the cow...
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Now, I spent the better part of probably two hours trying to find out where the cow came from and what the significance of the handprints was. I tried all manner of keywords in Google. I searched all of the Maine and several New Hampshire newspaper websites and came up with nothing.
I don't know why I think the cow takes away from what was (in my mind anyhow) a beautiful piece of property nestled along my beloved Maine coastline, but it does. It's just out-of-place. For the briefest moment when I first noticed it, I thought it was a real albino Longhorn! Grazing the grounds of Walker's Point. In Maine. Then when I zoomed in on it and saw the brightly colored hand-prints, I realized it was a statue...unless the Bush grandkids are into some sort of surreal post-modern artwork involving real livestock. Which, thankfully I don't think they are.
Dammit, Presidents Bush! What's up with the cow?
Curiosity is gonna kill this cat!