The Weekend – Day 1

The weekend was gorgeous in our neck of the woods, so, Saturday morning, Motor Man and I packed up the Jeep and headed to the Outer Banks.

It was early afternoon when we arrived, so we had a quick lunch and drove up to the beach to look for horses. (It had been so long since we’d seen them, I was having withdrawals.)

We had heard that the waves could be as much as 12 feet. They were amazing.

big waves

We’d been out there awhile, and had only seen a couple of horses. Those were on one of the side roads near the cottages. (Not very photo-worthy backgrounds.)

But then…Motor Man spotted these five up ahead.

on the way

Horses down by the water: what we always hope to see when we’re at the beach.

4 horses

I would be embarrassed to tell you how many pictures I took. (Marshall, it may be time to back-up my files.)

running girl

Motor Man drove up ahead of the horses, so I could take pictures of them coming toward us.


Checking me out, or perhaps the camera. The law requires that people stay at least 50 feet from the horses. But the horses don’t have such a law.


How beautiful is that winter coat in the afternoon sun? And that crooked “star” on her forehead?


I was so busy taking pictures that I didn’t notice a wave coming in. And I ended up with wet feet. And tennis shoes. And socks.

Uh-huh, you weren't paying attention, were you?

Uh-huh, you weren’t paying attention, were you?

Oh, so gorgeous.


Finally, they decided they’d had enough beach time and took an “exit” down a side road. This picture was taken through the windshield, so the color is a bit off. I cropped it to make the horses easier to see; we weren’t this close. But it was quite a thrill to watch them all running.

heading back_Snapseed

Tomorrow: day two of the weekend, and quite a shocker when we got to the beach.


24 responses to “The Weekend – Day 1

  1. Such beautifully “furry” horses with their winter coats keeping them warm. Looks like some nice waves out there……too bad your camera (and the horses) distracted you long enough to allow a wave to sneak up and get you!!


  2. Absolutely beautiful photos! The horses are amazing, and the ocean is….stunning. I will be dreaming about your post most of the day! Can’t wait to read about Day 2.

  3. Fantastic pictures today! Looking forward to tomorrows story.

  4. Dianna you got some great pictures! My favorite, the one of the horse from the backend. I think you were very close to catching it with all four off the ground or sand in this case. It is so cool to catch horses floating on air.. 🙂 I also love the shadow you caught on that shot. These pictures are even more awesome made BIG! Lots of foam, at least it is pretty and white!! Looking forward to day two.

  5. What a beautiful herd of horses. You’ve captured they’re beauty as wonderfully as they’ve captured your heart. Gosh they’re gorgeous. What a great weekend you had. I look forward to Day 2. 🙂

  6. What a beautiful beach and galloping horses! I can’t say I have ever seen horses on the beach even during rodeo season. These are definitely not rodeo horses.

  7. What more could anyone want for beautiful pictures…a beach and horses!! Bet that ocean water was cold on your feet!

  8. Those pictures were magnificent, Horses on the beach, wow..I would love to see that so much 🙂 Have a wonderful Monday xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  9. What a fantastic weekend (Day 1 – can’t wait to hear about Day 2). We took a trip to Chincoteaque to see the horses for our first anniversary. (many years ago!) – it was a memorable weekend. ❤

  10. Love the shot of the horse from the back and the white caps on the large waves. The ocean was a great backdrop for your beautiful horses that day.

  11. so, so, SO awesome!

  12. I never get tired of these types of photos…what is it about horses? Just charming…sometimes sweet, sometimes magnificent, always beautiful! Thank you for an inspiring start to my day! ~ Sheila

  13. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    The ocean and the horses what more could you ask for. Lovely! Looking forward to tomorrow’s blog. Have a good day!

  14. They definitely have the right fur for this weather ! The ‘windblown’ look in these is great .. guess there’s no law telling the horses to keep 50 ft. away from humans, huh?

  15. Wow! You hit the Mother Load!

  16. Wow, you hit the jackpot! Love them all, but my favorite is the lone horse running away from you with his mane standing almost straight up!

  17. Oh I just love when you go to the OBX and take us along with you… Thanks so much for the horse and ocean beach pictures — we have beaches here in Chicago, but I’m sure it’s been close to 200 years since a horse ran along the beach here. One of these days, I’m going to jump in that Goosemobile and head for your beach.

  18. What could be better, horses on the beach! Love the photos. They are beautiful.

  19. Wow, the pictures are amazing. They bring back memories of reading Misty of Chincoteague when I was a child.

  20. Oh these are gorgeous photos in an idyllic spot. You are so brave and adventuresome Dianna and I absolutely love all the shots of the horses. This is a fabulous post!

  21. Those furry horses are so beautiful! I know this just made my mom’s day 🙂

  22. I adore horse and especially those wild ponies at the beach. Our horses are all fuzzy right now too, but they’ll slick off as soon as it warms up. Lovely shots Dianna and I don’t blame you. I would have taken every single available picture I could have.

  23. wow that’s amazing!
    We have horses on the common but they’re tehtered and aren’t very friendly

  24. they are just so very very beautiful…and I hope they can survive and still be wild…and not hunted, like so many other wild animals in the USA

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