Saturday, March 28, 2020

Saturday's Critters #328

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If you love all God's creatures like I do and also like to blog about them and take critter photos this is where you can share your critter post. Link up your post and share your critters, join in with my critter party ! You can share any kind of critters the real ones, pretend ones, statues and paintings, a new or old post!



Before the lock down in early March, we took trip to Ocean City Maryland. During our getaway we visited the Assateague Island National Seashore and the Assateague Md State Park. Hubby and I both have senior passes for both parks which is nice, we no longer have to make sure we have exact change. 

We walked the beaches, the boardwalk trails and drove around the park looking for birds and the Assateague ponies.  







The Maryland Assateague Island ponies are owned by the national park, they are kept separate from the Chincotegue Island Virginia ponies.  Around 150 ponies are owned by the Chincoteague Island Volunteer Fire Company in Chincoteague Island Virginia. Some of these ponies are auctioned off each year.



Below a few Killdeer, Northern Gannet over the ocean, bottom right are some of the Common Loons.



 The Common Loons seemed to be the most common bird seen from the beach.


 I was able to find a few Northern Gannets far out in the ocean, it is fun to watch them dive.


The Killdeer were seen and heard on the Assateague Island beach.



Traffic back up from the Assateague ponies crossing the street.



Thanks to all my visitors and for all the wonderful comments. I appreciate everyone who loves critters and has linked up their post.


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Also visit:  I'd-Rather-B-Birdin. Thanks to the host Anni.

111 comments:

  1. Beautiful animals. They are free to graze and enjoy the open space. Have a beautiful weekend.

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    1. Hi Nancy,
      Thanks, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  2. Love the ponies, different colours are always a delight.

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    1. Thanks Nancy, I do love these wild ponies. They are all beautiful! Stay well and safe. Have a great day and new week ahead!

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  3. that are wonderful horst and bird photo! I love their landscape of sea and land!
    Take care and stay healthy, hug Elke

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    1. Thanks Elke, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  4. Hari OM
    Another breath of fresh air you bring us, Eileen - many thanks for that!!! YAM xx

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    1. Hello Yam,
      With us all on this look down we could all use some fresh air. Thanks for the visit and comment. Stay well! Happy weekend!

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  5. Hello Eileen,
    Wonderful series of photos from your trip to Ocean City Maryland.
    The pictures of the ponies are beautiful.
    Would you like to add my link, I can't.
    Take care of yourself and stay healthy.
    Best regards Irma

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    1. Thanks Irma, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  6. Hello Eileen.
    Ponies are lovely. The northern gannet is a great bird. Loons and killdeers are maybe very common, but they are wonderful birds. Take care!

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    1. Hello Anu, I agree all the birds are wonderful to see. Thanks, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  7. Hi Eileen. I love those ponies, they are so beautiful with their coloring. I wouldn´t mind having one :)
    Love the gannets too. They were the reason why I went to Scotland some years back. I hope to see some vaders this year, but that is not likely. Not many comes to the area where I live and travelling starts to get hard.
    You have a hug waiting for you in my post :)

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    1. Hello Monica, the Gannets are fun to watch, diving into the ocean. It would be cool to see them at the nests. Thanks, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  8. Interesting birds, beautiful ponies!
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Lea, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  9. Wonderful peaceful scenes for turbulent times. Stay safe!

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    1. Thanks ken, I appreciate the visit and comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  10. ...a great place to visit once this virus mess is behind us. thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Tom, I appreciate the comment! It is a great place to visit.
      Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  11. Que bom ver a natureza,as aves tudo aqui! Lindo fim de semana! beijos, chica

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    1. Thanks Chica, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  12. Lovely ponies...thanks for sharing.
    Have a nice sunny weekend!

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    1. Thanks Luisella, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  13. me ha encantado, la foto del caballo solo es preciosa

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    1. Thanks, I appreciate the visit and comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  14. Be sure to send those Common Loons here, Eileen. We are waiting for them.

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    1. Hello David, the Loons may be on the way there now. Thanks, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  15. Beautiful critters! 4th day of lockdown here. Stay safe!

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    1. Thanks, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  16. I wish common lions were common here:) I love the ponies, too.

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    1. Hello Rose, the Loons are beautiful to see! Thanks, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  17. Those are some beautiful horses!

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    1. Thanks Brian, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  18. Oh, I love those ponies! We're supposed to vacation on an island with wild ponies in a few months. I can't wait.
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Toni, I love seeing the wild ponies. I think you will too!
      I appreciate the comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Vera, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  20. Hello Eileen, thanks for sharing these beautiful images. I love the horses. I have linked up today. How long have you been in lockdown? We started ours 27th March. Second day today. Have a great weekend. Jo

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    1. Hello Jo, it was 2 weeks ago when they recommended stay home to be safe. I hope it ends soon! Thanks, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  21. I remember reading the "Misty" horse series as a pre-teen; love seeing these photos and remembering the lovely books from my childhood. Have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe.

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    1. Hello Heather, I read the same books as a child. Misty was my favorite! Thanks, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  22. Those horses are just beautiful! I would want to go there just to see them! Enjoy your weekend. We are off for a hike this morning! Stay healthy! Hugs!

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    1. Hello Diane, I have been to see the horses many times over the years, I still love seeing them. Thanks, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe, be happy and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  23. oh i just LOVE the ponies...i don't understand why they don't just let them be, be free!! your pictures of them are so pretty, how lucky you are that you got to see them!!! the horse crossing cracked me up...like ducks crossings!!! i have been seeing a lot of loons all of a sudden and the killdeer at the lake. they are beautiful aren't they? i don't think i have ever seen a gannet!!

    your captures are lovely, have a wonderful weekend and many, many thanks for hosting!!!

    ps...can you fix my name in the line up, ly=It, sorry...slopping typing with no checking!!!

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    1. Hi Debbie, the ponies are mostly free, to roam anywhere they want on the islands. They can run on the beach and into the water if they want. There is ocean or bay water separating the two islands Assateague and Chincoteague. They do herd up the ponies to have their vet check up. I do love the Loons and the sweet Killdeer. Thanks, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  24. What a wonderful trip you've shared! I especially enjoyed seeing the gannets!! Thanks so much for hosting this week, as always.

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    1. Thanks Anni, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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    2. Eileen, thanks for linking up & sharing at I'd Rather B Birdin today. (No, you're not late. I goofed up when setting this week's blog there by hitting publish instead of schedule so, it posted earlier than it should have)

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  25. Wonderful photos, Eileen. Hope you're keeping safe and healthy in these trying times.

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    1. Thanks Nick, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  26. I would love to see the ponies and walk those beaches... now that there is zero traffic, our beaches are closed, public boat ramps and parks are closed. but we can walk the streets.. sweet ponies.. we get backed up at duck crossing here a lot. in fact had to wait with the DOG while a mother mallard and her baby strolled across in front of us. today we rescued a raccoon trapped in a trashcan... who knows what is next.

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    1. Hello, Sandra
      You a nice to help the raccoon out of the trash can. I would have loved to see the ducklings.
      I was glad we went to see the ponies before all these closures and lock downs.  The ponies are cool to see, pretty horses.Thanks, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  27. You hit a lovely sunny day there Eileen. The ponies are quite beautiful and without a trouble in the world. Make sure you stay safe in the coming days. We'll soon be out of it, I'm sure.

    Thanks for the link up.

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    1. Thanks Phil, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  28. Thanks for hosting, Eileen. I love the first photo especially!

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    1. Thanks so much Nick! Take care and enjoy your day!

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  29. THANKS FOR THIS AMAZING POST ! =)

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    1. Thanks, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  30. I have been wanting to see the ponies since we moved to Virginia...while living in Georgia we saw the wild horses at Cumberland Island...so beautiful! I enjoyed this post a lot! Stay safe!

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    1. Hi Tanya, it is neat to see these wild ponies on the island. I have the Cumberland Island on my wish list of places to visit, I need things opened back up for a road trip! Thanks, I appreciate the comment! Stay safe and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  31. Hello Eileen,
    The photos of the horses are so beautiful. I like them very much.
    Enjoy your day and weekend!
    Take care!

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    1. Thanks Marit! It is a treat to see these wild ponies! Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  32. The wild ponies are just charming. I don't know which I loved more, the russet or the paint pony. What a nice day!

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    1. Hi Jeanie, I love all the ponies, it is a great park to visit. Thanks for the comment. Take care and enjoy your weekend!

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  33. I've heard about those wild ponies. Very cool to see! Stuck at home for the last two weeks, the only wildlife I've seen are birds and squirrels in my backyard.

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    1. Hello, we have been "stuck" at home for 2 weeks too. I am itching to go somewhere, on a trip! Thanks for the visit and comment. Take care and Happy weekend!

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  34. These ponies in the photos are beautiful!
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    1. Thanks, I appreciate the visit and comment! Stay safe and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  35. So nice to see the ponies. How nice to see them in person!!

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    1. Thanks Karen, seeing the ponies is a treat, a great park to visit. I appreciate the comment! Stay safe and healthy! Have a great weekend!

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  36. Those ponies are great to see. Love the ocean shots, too. Hope all is well with you and yours, Eileen!

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    1. Thanks Ellen! We are doing well, take care. Enjoy your weekend!

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  37. We really need to go there someday (when the world gets back to normal). One of my dad's friends had a pony from the auction. I got to ride her sometimes. She was a chubby little one.

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    1. Hi Dee, it is a great park to visit. We go at least once a year. Stay well, enjoy your weekend!

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  38. So beautiful pics.
    Stay safe. Greetings.

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    1. Thank you, take care and enjoy your weekend!

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  39. Oh wonderful nature photos ~ Love the ponies ~ saw some in NC and found them fascinating ~

    Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores

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    1. Thanks Carol! I love seeing these wild ponies. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  40. Hi Eileen! Love the ponny! Happy weekend!

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  41. Those ponies are gorgeous, Eileen.
    Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

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  42. Ponies! Love them! Such a treat to see them! Thank you.

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  43. It is wonderful to see wild horses, Eileen!

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  44. Beautiful! Love horses and the seagulls pictures are beautiful

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  45. I do love the photos of the ponies. Wishing you a grand weekend!

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  46. I love these little horses!
    As always, your photos are perfect!
    Dear Eileen, hold on and be safe!
    Greetings

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  47. I love the ponies, they are tremendous.

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  48. I can see the Maryland ponies asking the Virginia ponies, "You think you're better than me?" like something out of Goodfellas. OMG, they meander out into traffic, reminds me of cows. It took me so long to realize that killdeer were birds, lol. Very pretty scenery, Eileen, it must have felt wonderful to see and smell the ocean.

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    1. Hello Jeanna
      Yes, these horses roam free all around the island, they can stand in the roads as long as they please.The speed limit is low and I hope everyone drives safely. The Killdeer are adorable birds with a sweet sound. Thank you for the comment. Enjoy your day!

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  49. Hello Eileen! What a lovely visit you had before your lock down. We got ours last night at midnight. I'm still working although I have this weekend and five days of vacation (should have been in Alabama scheduled a long time ago) but it is what it is at the moment. I just pray we get a hold on this soon, so we can return to normalcy. Thanks for sharing critter joy, and letting us post too!

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    1. Thank you, Karen! I am sorry your trip had to be canceled. I hope this lockdown is over soon. I loved all your sweet furbabies. Take care,stay well! Have a great new week!

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    1. Thank you! Take care and hope your day is great!

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  51. Love those horses and the birds at the beach. Fun time looks like :) Enjoy your weekend :)

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    1. Thanks Denise! Take care and have a great day!

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  52. What a great place to visit I would love to see it..

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    1. Thanks Sondra! It is a great park and place to visit! Stay well, have a great new week!

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  53. Glad to know the ponies know they can stop traffic, and probably enjoy all the shutter clicking as they pass by the cars.

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    1. Thanks Barbara! I appreciate the comment and visit. Enjoy your day!

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  54. I have always admired not just your beautiful and lively photographs (Oh I love those of the horses) but also your eye for detail and extensive knowledge on these species' names! Stay Safe and sending you hugs from the Philippines Eileen!

    Stevenson
    Cavite Daily Photo
    Stevenson Que Blog

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    1. Hello, thanks so much for the comment and visit. I hope your day is great!

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  55. I love the ponies as well. I miss being outside, in nature, your photos cheered me up. I hope that you are keeping well and safe, Eileen.
    Amalia
    xo

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  56. Hi Eileen, beautiful photos. Love the ponies and the ocean. Greetings Caroline of the Netherlands.

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  57. Love all the Ponies. I read all the books about the ponies and Islands.
    Have a good week and of course be safe
    MB

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  58. Those ponies look pretty chill - they obviously have a good life there! Great to get a entry pass to the parks - we are looking forward to a bus pass!!

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  59. So nice to see the ponies in your post …

    All the best Jan

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  60. Imagens espectaculares! Adorei ver os póneis! Mas fiquei um pouco preocupada, por os ver tão próximo da estrada...mas calculo que a velocidade do trânsito por aí, seja mais limitada, por causa da presença dos animais...
    Uma magnífica partilha, como sempre por aqui, Eileen! Beijinhos! Bom domingo!
    Ana

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Hello, thank you for visiting my blog. I always appreciate your comments.

BTW, Anonymous comments unless a name is included will not be published. Also, some comments with links will be deleted.

Have a happy day, Eileen

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