The Creatures Great and small of Assateague Island

mare and foal

The belief is that the horses first came to the island when a Spanish galleon ship sank off the shore of Assateague. Assateague is an Island that is about 37 miles long and runs through both Maryland and Virginia. In order to manage the horses, the two states have divided them into two herds which they each manage separately. Virginia is well known for the pony swims in the spring which drive their herd a short distance from Assateague to Chincoteague where the pony’s are auctioned off to maintain control of the numbers in the herd. Maryland residents that I talked with are very proud that they don’t auction off their pony’s and they are kept wild. However, I later learned that they are able to maintain the numbers of the herd by using contraceptive darts on the females.

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Silhouette

This blog Circle is generally used to profile our pet photography. This week however, I am going to go a little wild.  The topic for this week is silhouettes, but weather, timing and a head cold hindered my completing a new image.  Instead, I am looking back at some images I took of the wild…

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Assateague

At the beginning of Summer, we took a trip down to Ocean City Maryland to visit family.  On a side trip, we decided to visit Assateague.  We had been to Assateague before, but on this trip we decided to camp overnight.  We came right about the time the sun was starting to set and after…

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