The island was quiet this time around. At least in the way of horses. Maybe they were inward because of the storm that resulted in most of the island being closed off. Maybe they were hiding from hunters. Maybe they were just hiding from people. There were plenty of those in the wake of a Thanksgiving weekend. I don’t really know. I just know that there were fewer to be seen this time than even my first time. I take what I can get.
This beauty was one of two. There use to be four of them. Three girls and the boy. Only she and he remain. That seemed to be an epidemic. A lot of herds that no longer had their original members or all of such. Anyway, I don’t know what happen to their other two, but these two never disappointed me. I saw them multiple times on Saturday. Saturday was the only day, but it made up for the day I had the day before.
I was told once that it takes skill to shoot in the sunlight like this. I don’t know if I would consider this one in the sunlight. It was just after sunrise and the sun was to the left of this beauty from where I was standing. I also don’t believe I have skill as much as I do luck. I got lucky, but thankfully it made for what even I have to say is a beautiful shot.
I suppose anyway. My apologies for such a late post, but it was a long drive back from Assateague. Then I had to unload the car, the dog, clean up, eat, upload pictures, and of course it is Sunday so the Walking Dead was on. Priorities. You know how it goes.
Picture wise….I didn’t get as many this time around and I’m slowly getting through them. Not sure how I’m going to do this batch yet. Sorting wise that is, but anyway.
The island was different this time, which I’ll address in later post. The horses were fewer than the last, but I get that it is an island and they have free range. It is also hunting season so the horses probably hide more than usual. I did get quite a few pictures, though, and worked on my long exposure. Here is a taste. I hope you enjoy.
I don’t remember what she was pouting about in this picture. Probably the fact that I was taking her picture.
Anyway, another spontaneous decision led me to Assateague. More on that when I can use my actual laptop and not my phone.
I know. I should be enjoying my vacation, but it is now dark and quite cold. Guess that happens when you camp in November. Anyway, the zone and I are hunkered down in the tent listening to the waves crash against the shore. Okay…. I am, she’s curled up at the end of the sleeping bag snoring.
More crowed on the ocean side of the island,but I actually like being close enough to clearly hear the waves. Plus, it was cheaper and quite entertaining.
Yesterday, Sham and two of his girls raided campsites. Literally. Never witnessed it up close, but clear indication as to why you are supposed to put your stuff away when not around.
The zone’s water dish became their target in our site. Only because I managed to get zone and my food in the car when I realized that they were heading straight for us and were not going to just pass by. The zone was not happy. Apparently, she thought she should mingle, or defend…not sure which and was not in the mood to find out. Hefty fine and all.
After they realized that there was no food to be had at our site, they went and stole a bag of chips from a neighbor. Funniest thing ever.
This morning they came back to steal the grass behind my tent. I welcomed the wake up. Provided I was already awake, but it gave me a reason to stay up.
More adventures to come, but for now I leave with that. Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.
Today is Thanksgiving in the states. Most are sitting down and celebrating with friends and family. Feasting and watching football. So, many things to be thankful for.
Me, my plans are still up in the air. What should be…isn’t. I’m not bitter. I’m not angry. It is what it is meant to be. I’m good with this. I still have things to be thankful for.
There is nothing special about this shot. It is one of Sham’s new girls. She wasn’t with him last year. It took all several days before I was able to get some good shots of her and the other one, but I did.
I hope that you have a beautiful day and tomorrow.
Meet Ninka. I think that I have actually introduced to you her several times before. She is one of my favorite girls, but you probably already know this. I also think I’ve probably shown you this picture before, but I played around with it a bit and I like this one better.
I’m not really sure what else to say. It is Wednesday and my last day until next Wednesday. I’m sure I’ll post here on my blog, but I’ve not decided quite how yet. Schedule it vs. just post day of. That will also affect how often I post this over the next few days. We’ll see how it plays out.
I’m a little low on words today so I think I’ll end it there. Those that celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you have a wonderful holiday. For those that it is just a regular day, have a wonderful one just the same.
Short weeks always seem to take the longest, don’t they?
I’m not really having one of those days….yet. That is subject to change as I still have four hours before I get off work, but I’m making it a goal to not let it become that.
This is one of my favorite pictures of Sham. He’s such a beautiful boy. It is also a reminder that I’ve got to make sure that I have my other lenses on me. I was using my Sony and so all I had with me was my 70-300. I love that lens, but sometimes it makes it difficult to get the shot I want. You know…those moments when the subject moves closer to you and your only option is to make it work or risk losing the shot by running a mile back to your car to trade out lenses. Ponies are so unpredictable.
I’ve lost my train of thought so I guess I’m going to close. I don’t even having anything to ramble about today. Maybe I am having one of those days. 🙂
When I first pulled this picture up to edit, I didn’t realize that the kayakers were in it. There is even one climbing the rocks. Kind of wish I had been them.
I have quite the adventure and for someone that cannot swim very well, I love water sports; especially, whitewater. Love, love, love the thrill of whitewatering it. I’ve not had the opportunity to do that in a kayak yet, but it is on my to-do list.
I am not sure that I understand the thrill of the going nowhere whitewater kayaking, but they seemed to be enjoying themselves. I guess it is good practice and better than not doing it at all. I’m also not quite sure this would qualify as whitewatering it as much as just rough waters, but I digress.
I actually played with this photo quite a bit in Photoshop. Still not quite sure whether or not I like it, but it definitely has more life than the original. Unlike my weekend…I was pretty lazy. Hopefully, next weekend will be better.
I’m not a black Friday shopper by any means. I’m not a shopper at all, but in midst of the annual celebration and the fact that my plans for this year are much different than last…I think there is a road trip in my future. I’m just not sure how long of one. There will be pictures from somewhere, though. Until then, have a beautiful day and tomorrow.
He stood there with all his glory. His strength shining through his stance. He stared contently without flinching. This was his territory.
“Take my picture, small one, but you shall not leave. This is my land and I’m standing by your car.”
Though, I think not that he would have hurt me. He never has the before, but the fine for getting too close would have. So, there I sat waiting for him to move.
We stared at each other a few minutes longer. With a nod of his head, he turned and walked away. All his four girls in tow. Wondering off into the land of the hidden. A place I would not be able to follow.
Maybe another time and place. I’m sure I’ll see them again. A stallion and his girls. Wild spirits, who do not often let to many get as close as me.