Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wild Ponies, Chincoteague Island, VA

Spending the week on Chincoteague Island along the Eastern Shore of Virginia has been a real treat. On the eastern side of the island, sits Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge which I have discovered, undoubtedly, is one of the most important refuges for birds along the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. The wildlife refuge is actually on Assateague National Seashore which begins in Maryland and runs south down into Virginia. Yesterday while getting a lay of the land, I discovered a small band of Wild Ponies on the northwest side of the island that were far easier to reach via car. They are also much closer in proximity which I loved.

After paying several visits yesterday, today I stopped by early in the morning and then later in the day as well to see where the Ponies were. This evening they were in the saltwater marshes grazing on the marsh grasses. Did I mention I've fallen madly in love with saltwater marshes. The greens, the shadows. They are gorgeous and especially fun to photograph.

On a negative note, and you all know how I hate to be negative, spending the week on Chincoteague Island would have been much more pleasant if the heat index weren't in the triple digits. As it stands, I have spent a good deal of time trying to stay cool and out of the heat while still enjoying this beautiful island and the fantastic wildlife refuge. It is truly a gorgeous place if you ever find yourself on the Eastern Shore of the United States. I promise I'll be back in a day or two with a post of some gorgeous Egret and Heron images. It's like Birdapalooza here. Stay cool. ENJOY!

1 comment :

  1. Absolutely stunning, specially the second one, love the reflection in the water that is just rippling. Another place on my " must visit if I get to US " list. Cheers from Jean.