Friday, October 23, 2009

Camera Critters, Chincoteague ponies

Several times a year my husband and I spend a weekend at  Chincoteague Island, Va. The biggest attraction here is at the Chincoteague National Wildlife refuge. During our May visit this year we passed a couple of the ponies and two foals walking down the road.







The ponies can been seen all around the refuge. I do not know many places where you can sit on a beach in the company of wild ponies. Sometimes we see them walking down the road or off in the fields, they are just so cute. There is a legend that the Chincoteague ponies are descendants from two Arabians that survived a shipwreck and swam ashore back in the 1600's.









Once a year to keep the herd size down , the local volunteer fire dept holds a pony auction. When I was a just a kid my favorite book was Misty of Chincoteague, I think I read it over and over. Besides seeing the horses Chincoteague is one of my favorite places to go birding. One of my photos shows Cattle Egrets sitting on the ponies.




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39 comments:

robert said...

What a fairy-tale place - kept me awake to see it again and again at a quarter past four in the morning - apart from taking care of my two year old son, whos sleep hasn't been to good and it just started to rain...
A wonderful Saturday for you all !

Monika said...

I loved the book Misty of Chincoteague too! I've always wanted to go there to see the horses, so thanks for sharing your photos. It looks like a beautiful place to vist, and the birding would be an added bonus too!

Joops said...

Wow you are so blessed to see those lovely creatures!

I would love to join this meme but I don't see the link in your post?

Kirigalpoththa said...

Cool pictures..I love the third picture with the cattle egrets!

diane said...

What a great place. Wild ponies and egrets...nice shots.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Eileen: Beautiful capture of the ponies and the egrets on their back. The shot with all the birds and ponies was special. That one pony looked like it had donkey colors.

Carletta said...

Wonderful shots!
I loved the Misty story growing up as well. Years later it was nice to know it was based on a true story about these ponies.
I've seen the wild ponies near Cape Hatteras.
Have you ever watched the annual pony swim?

sonia a. mascaro said...

This place looks an Eden!
Great pictures too!

Diane AZ said...

I've never been to a wildlife refuge that had ponies roaming around. I love the pictures with egrets on their backs, and the legend is fascinating!

mbkatc230 said...

What fun! These are great shots, especially love the 3rd one. "Misty" was one of my favorite books growing up. Thanks for sharing these. Kathy

Snap said...

Eileen,
I loved this post. What fun to spend time with these wonderful ponies, spend time in nature, and watch birds -- all at the same time. Wonderful! I enjoyed it all.

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

Growing up a horse lovin' kid the Misty books were my favorites, I always wanted to see the Chincoteague ponies! Thanks for sharing this!

Willa said...

what a real beauty! no wonder all little girls in america wants a pony. :)

We love Luna said...

So cute!I love horses and ponies, they are adorable and your last picture is outstanding.A whole family!
Wonderful post and happy camera critters
purrs and love
Luna

JD and Max said...

What a beautiful place - we loved these photos and really felt like we were there with you. :)

Coy said...

Lovely pony shots, I have visited Chincoteague/Assateague a few times but the ponies were always quite a distance away across the marshes.

sweet bay said...

I loved reading Misty of Chincoteague as a child too, in fact all of Marguerite Henry's books.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Sounds like a wonderful place to visit, I would love to see the wild ponies. The cattle egrets on their backs is something to see. Cool legend.

Anna said...

That is just so neat. I loved the Misty of Chincoteague books.

Indrani said...

Great shots, I must get hold of the book soon.

Lilli & Nevada said...

they are so cute, i love the birds sitting on there backs

NatureFootstep said...

oh, dear, how sweet that foal is. :)

Bestemor Drillo said...

What a wonderful place ;)

Have a nice weekend!

diane said...

Eileen, I would love you to see the kookaburra that visited me.

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jabblog said...

No wonder you visit several times a year - it's enchanting! Thank you for sharing.

Tulip said...

what a cute ponies, love all your animal posts, the white birds. happy weekend.

Rural Writer said...

That's pretty neaqt to see ponies just ambling down the road, and on the beach. Sounds like a lovely place to visit!

Dhemz said...

I haven't seen wild ponies before....that's awesome!

thanks for letting me know about those birds...lol! now I know what kind they are....that was water...from the rain....

thanks for coming by!

Sue said...

Wow, that is awesome! That would be such a cool place to visit. Beautiful pictures. :)

Squirrel said...

What a great place to visit! Nice captures.

Willard said...

A very interesting post, with excellent photos. It is amazing to see the Egrets on the pony's back.

Nature Notes Meme said...

Welcome to Nature Notes Eileen! I am usually prompt in getting around, but am down with a bug. Your blog is so perfectly suited to Nature Notes. I was not familiar with the area that you visited. How neat that you could be with wild ponies and that there is an area that they can be free. Beautiful and I am so happy to have you for Nature Notes... Michelle

Kitty said...

A lovely peaceful post! The ponies are sweet - especially the little one with the sea behind it.

Janie said...

How fun to see these photos. I'd love to see the ponies in person.
Misty was one of my favorite childhood books, too.

lisaschaos said...

Sounds like a great place to explore! Love your photos, I feel like I was there too!

Shelley Munro said...

I also read Misty of Chincoteague during my childhood, and seeing your photos brought back lots of great memories. Thanks for sharing!

MyMaracas said...

I loved that book, too. Actually, I loved anything to do with horses when I was a girl. How wondrous it must be to sit on the beach with wild ponies. Thanks for taking us along!

Mary said...

Wow...I've heard of them and seeing them in your photos are great. I love the shot with the birds.

chubskulit said...

You are very lucky to see those marvelous animals..

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