Wild, Beautiful Nature

One of the prompts for today’s Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop is

During our trip to the Outer Banks last weekend, nature was evident all around us. For example:

We saw this group of horses walking along the beach. Jimmie, my “horse expert” told me that was a stallion at the rear, and to watch the position of his head as he followed the mares. His head in the down position meant he was moving his harem.

stallion and harem 6-23-2013 6-55-38 AM

Suddenly, something over on the dune (behind us) caught his eye.

suddenly 6-23-2013 6-56-17 AM

He was very interested. (This picture makes it appear that he is very close and is heading toward me. I was using a long lens on my camera and I cropped the photo; he wasn’t nearly this close and wasn’t paying any attention to me.) And no, those aren’t whiskers: it’s grass – hanging out of his mouth!

stallion sees other horse 6-23-2013 6-56-26 AM

This is what had his attention: another stallion up on the dune.

stallion on dune 6-23-2013 7-00-50 AM

The horse on the beach left his harem and headed toward the dune, while we all waited for the showdown.

2 stallions 6-23-2013 7-08-40 AM_Snapseed

And then…..both of them ran down the other side of the dune, and we couldn’t see a thing. But, we didn’t hear any sounds to indicate there was an altercation.

Nature at its most beautiful and exciting, even if it was a bit anti-climactic.

Linking up to Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop.

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24 responses to “Wild, Beautiful Nature

  1. What beautiful scenes you capture at the beach…..!


  2. mollieandalfie

    just beautiful, you have an amazing camera what is? Mines a little click and go..LOL xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

    • Thanks – it’s a Nikon D3100. It’s capable of a bazillion things more than what I know what to do with it. One day, I’ll learn – til then, I’m just having fun with it!

  3. Loved the photo of the horse “looking at you”. So beautiful.

  4. Your photos are beautiful! Enjoy your learning. I am doing the same with my Canon DSLR. All of the skills I used to have with a film camera have been elusive since my switch to digital.

  5. Thank you for bringing us the action. The horses on the dunes look like a scene from a movie…I wonder if there are any movies that capture them?

  6. It’s never anti-climatic when you have such beauty….The beach is a perfect setting for the horses! Aren’t we lucky they’re there by a long ago accident??!

  7. That is pretty dang cool! Great post. Stopping by from Mama Kat’s

  8. Great pics! I think I’d probably want to stay longer than a weekend – it all looks so serene.

  9. I am finding these wild horse posts and pictures very interesting! Glad you have been bitten by the horse bug.. 🙂

  10. These are wonderful picture—-love them!

  11. Wow. Those are awesome photos.

  12. Adore that first photo with the light and the silhouette effect. And LOVE the ‘action’ shot of him charging towards you! What a cool story – and another great example of how much we can learn from guides!

  13. my gosh, they are just so gorgeous! so glad you got these photos, even if you couldn’t see the action (if there was any!)

  14. Beautiful. I want to go there!

  15. Another amazing series ! – I can’t decide if my favortie is the one looking head-on, or of the stallion moving his harem – I definitely see the potential for a movie there 😉

  16. Wow! that was exciting. I would have loved to be there. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

  17. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    You are amazing Dianna,,what a story you told here with pictures and words!! I love all the pictures and in the order they are in truly tell the story with out words. I must admit the last picture is the best for me.
    This post is one of the very best you had done in my opinion. Loved it!

  18. Absolutely beautiful – both the pictures and the story. The stallion is so gorgeous! Kudos. I love your post. I love your blog! 🙂

  19. He is handsome! Grass and all. I’m sure they settled it in a gentlemanly manner. 🙂

  20. Amazing pictures! I bet that was an interesting sight.

  21. Wow, I continue to be awed by the pictures of the horses on the beach.

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