Flowers, Gifts….And Wild Horses

Sunday, we had a full day of celebrating Mother’s Day.  Sundae and Gypsy each gave me a hanging basket. (Yes, it’s true.) Motor Man and I went out to breakfast with Marshall, and his gift to me was a nautical door decoration.

Motor Man and I then took his mom irises from our yard and treated her to lunch, a ride out in the country and an ice cream cone.

By this time, it was nearly mid-afternoon, and I thought we we would be heading home. Wrong. I should know my husband better than that.

His gift to me was a whirlwind trip to the Outer Banks to see “my” wild horses.

And, oh my goodness, did we see horses? Evidently they were all out enjoying the beautiful weather.

First, we saw these four beauties enjoying a meal up on one of the steepest dunes at the beach.  They were having a difficult time keeping their footing.

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We don’t recall ever seeing as many hoof prints in the sand as we did on Sunday.  Apparently there had been a horse beach party earlier in the day.  We were glad to see some of them still enjoying the surf. (How about that blonde mane?  And the coloring on her friend is striking, too.)

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I never tire of scenes like this. Seeing the horses down by the water’s edge is always a treat.

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It isn’t often that we get to see the horses running, but that was the case on the other side of the dunes.

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And, finally, allow me to introduce you to a celebrity of sorts. This is Gus.  Gus is a stallion that was brought to the Corolla area in November, 2014, from Cedar Island, NC in an attempt to begin strengthening the genetics of the herd. New blood, so to speak.  He is a descendant of the Shackleford Banks horses, and is a Colonial Spanish Mustang, as are the wild horses at Corolla.*

Gus was hanging out down by the water with his harem of three mares, when he spotted another stallion looking their way from the dunes. Gus went to take care of the situation.*

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The matter was taken care of in short order, and the other stallion retreated. Thankfully, no fighting was involved.  I could never choose a favorite of the pictures I’ve taken of the wild horses, but this would be high on the list. *

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It was a perfect Mother’s Day: time spent with family, followed by a trip to see “my” beautiful horses on the beach.

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 I am one fortunate girl.

*CORRECTION:  I have now learned that the black stallion was NOT Gus.  I will be also be sharing a correction on my next blog post.

~These Days Of Mine~

18 responses to “Flowers, Gifts….And Wild Horses

  1. Yes indeed you truly are………….most fortunate! Beautiful photos as always.


  2. We are fortunate to see beauty and delight through your eyes. Smiles, Robin

  3. What a fantastic group of horse pictures!!! Gus is so gorgeous he looks like a registered, barn kept stallion. The group on the hillside and on the water…sigh, what a great trip! And how lovely of your smallest children to give you hanging baskets to help lure hummingbirds! My heart is racing still from seeing these pictures of the beauties!

  4. I’m happy you had a nice Mother’s Day, Dianna. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photographs. Gus is incredible!

  5. I LOVE this post. I love how you are in your element there and I can just feel the excitement through your pictures. It is still on my bucket list to come visit the horses mainly because of your love of them. I need to get that scheduled. Thanks for sharing and Gus is a beauty for sure.

  6. Gus is indeed a beauty. And your photos captured him beautifully. What a nice Mother’s Day.

  7. BEAUTIFUL!!! They have to be some of the best horse photos you’ve taken. The blue sky, sand, and surf are the perfect backdrop – made to order. Thanks for sharing your Mother’s Day gift with us.

  8. You had a great Mothers Day! Did JR send out a notice to the horses? BTW that is called a flaxen mane. My first horse had one.

  9. Stunning! I would love to visit this area and “your” horses some day. Keep reminding me of this with your blog. 🙂

  10. I would say you had a lovely Mother’s Day! Thanks for sharing your pictures… 🙂

  11. Those whirlwind trips are sometimes the best, aren’t they ?!
    & It looks like everybody was out enjoying the day …!
    Hard to pick a fave here.. probably Gus doing his statue impression ….
    Happy Mother’s Day once again !

  12. What a day you had! And what wonderful pictures of the wild horses. Gus is a stunner for sure. One day I would love to go to that beach too. I can only imagine the thrill of seeing the horses so happy and free.

  13. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Indeed, what a blessed Mother’s Day you had. The pictures are wonderful.

  14. Lovely horse photos. Gus certainly is a looker.

  15. That black stallion is just stunning. What a wonderful Mothers Day you had, and very well deserved too!!


  16. What a lovely day you had!

  17. I agree it was a perfect Mother’s Day.
    The horses are awesome, you capture them beautifully in photos and thoughts from your heart, 🙂

  18. He’s certainly handsome, whoever he is! That Motor Man has connections – to get the horses rounded up for your visit. Sounds like you had a great day.

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