Category Archives: OBX Wild Horses

Soaking Up Sunshine

Motor Man and I took a trip to the Outer Banks recently. It had been a couple of weeks since we’d been, and I was beginning to show signs of withdrawal. He predicted that we would see horses because it was a sunny day, and the horses probably had a sense that a storm was approaching. So he thought they’d be out soaking up some vitamin D.

And he was right.

These three beautiful mares make up Raymond’s harem.  For those of you unfamiliar with Raymond, he is the resident…..mule of Carova. And, yes, he has a harem. A Corolla Wild Horse Fund staff member once posted on their Facebook page words to the effect: “Raymond thinks he’s a stud. Shhhh, don’t tell him he’s sterile”.

Here he is relaxing in the background. He was just out of camera range in the first photo. As those of us who frequent Carova like to say: “Everybody loves Raymond.”

And just to reinforce how accurate Motor Man was in his assumption that the horses would be enjoying the sun:

Soaking up those rays for a rainy/snowy day. (Love the outstretched front legs on this beautiful horse in the next photo.) And, as I often note, we weren’t nearly as close to these horses as the photos would indicate. I use a zoom lens, then crop the photos on my computer to bring the images in closer.

Just in the few years we’ve been going to the four-wheel-drive beaches of Carova, we’ve noticed more and more stumps being exposed on the beach.  It was such a pretty day, I braved the winds to get a picture.

Meanwhile, from inside the vehicle, using his trusty flip phone, Motor Man snapped one of me. I like it: it makes me appear much taller than I actually am.

Were you able to soak up any sunshine before the storm?

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

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Wild Horses Again…Imagine That

Sunday was a perfectly beautiful fall day here in our area, so Motor Man and I, once again, headed to Carova.

And, once again, the wild horses provided us with some great shots. Let me explain how I took this first picture. As some of you know, there’s an ordinance requiring humans to stay at least 50 feet from the Corolla wild horses. Motor Man stopped our vehicle, I jumped out, used my zoom lens, snapped this picture and got right back in the vehicle.  When you see the video later in this post, you’ll see the importance of giving these horses their space.

I do believe we interrupted lunch time for this beauty.

But…. this….this just melted my heart.  We finally got to see the newest foal, a filly, born this season (late August).

Again, these photos were taken with my zoom lens.  I wouldn’t dare be that close.

And how many pictures did I take of this baby? I’m not tellin’.

But I promise that I won’t share them all in this post.

So, as you can tell, the horses were really making our day. And then we came upon this. You’ll want to have your volume on, and you should be able to watch in full screen.

 

I’m guessing these are two stallions? But I’m not sure.  And whether or not, the disagreement was as serious as it looked, I don’t really know. I’m just glad no humans were anywhere in the area. Because, obviously, for those few minutes, the horses weren’t paying much attention to their surroundings. (We were in our vehicle.)

And I found it so funny that the third horse really wanted in on the action. Watch at the 33 second mark, where it almost kicks up its hind feet….but not quite.  Then a few seconds later, a few kicks DO happen.

As I’ve said before, every visit to the beach is different. But not many are more action-filled than last Sunday’s trip.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Beautiful Sunday

Motor Man and I took a day trip to Carova on the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Sunday. It had been four weeks since our last visit, and “one of us” was starting to shake….

We only saw ten horses, but those we saw gave us some smiles and photo ops.

These two were busy checking out the bird feeder in someone’s yard.

“They need to make these things horse-sized.  Can’t. Quite. Reach……”

But some of you know that our very favorite place to spot the horses is by the water.  With the sun, the water’s beautiful blue, the white waves and those amazing horses, this was just about the perfect set-up.

Motor Man was so patient; he’d drive up the beach, so we could wait for the horses to come toward us. I would take pictures, the horses would walk by us, then he would drive further up the beach, and…repeat.

But, then, those four did something that I’m not sure we’ve ever really seen (in person) before: they starting running along in the surf. And, although this really shows what a wimp I am, it was so beautiful, it brought tears to my eyes.

 

And in this next picture, don’t they seem to be looking out over the ocean and discussing their view? “Yeah, I gotta say: this is the life….”

Hi, hi, hi, beautiful Sunday
This is my, my, my, beautiful day
When you say, say, say, say that you love me
Oh, my, my, my, it’s a beautiful day 
(Daniel Boone)

So thank you to the horses and my Motor Man for a breathtaking Sunday drive.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

 

Each Trip Is Different

As most of you well know, driving to the four-wheel-drive beaches of Carova on the Outer Banks of North Carolina is a favorite day trip for Motor Man and me.

Some things are constant, but yet different each time:  we’re going to be driving along the ocean. But what will her temperament be on that particular day? Sometimes she’s smooth as glass, other time’s she’s very angry.

And each time,  we’re driving ON the beach, but the condition of the sand varies from trip to trip. Some days, it’s like driving on the interstate, and, at times,  we don’t even have to use our four-wheel-drive.  Other times, the sand is so deep and soft, and the ride so rough, we fear losing our teeth…. and getting stuck.

It’s rare that we don’t see wild horses, but how many and where we’ll see them changes with each trip. It’s especially nice to see them by the water.

But even if we only see them from the “back roads”, we’re good.

They’re beautiful regardless of their particular location.

But, one thing we find just happens by chance, and that’s the folks we meet while on the beach.

I’ve shared posts before about Renee and Mike, a couple we met on the beach a few years ago. The four of us “hit it off”, and since then, we’ve arranged a get-together whenever they visit the area.

On one of our recent trips, Motor Man stopped so I could take pictures of the horses on the beach (second one in this post). I noticed three people nearby, taking pictures of each other with the horses in the background. So I asked if they’d like a picture of the three of them together.

They were so friendly, and we began chatting. I learned that the couple, Caty and Jon, had just gotten married the day before in an oceanfront wedding in nearby Kill Devil Hills. Caty’s mom, Cathy, was with them and excitedly shared that happy info with me. I just happened to have some 2018 Corolla Wild Horse Fund calendars in our vehicle, and one of those was my wedding gift to them. And, I couldn’t leave out the mother-of- the bride.

They weren’t from the area, so Motor Man asked if they’d like to follow us, and we’d take them on the back roads in search of more horses. They agreed, and off we went.

We did see more horses, but further up the beach, our new friends were in for another treat. I’ve shared posts on here before about the Gypsy Queen. Yes, the newlyweds (and Mom) were treated to a tour.

Cathy later sent this photo of Caty and Jon on their wedding day and gave me permission to share it here. (I think she looks like a princess.)

Beautiful scenery is a given on our beach trips, and seeing horses is a norm. But chance meetings with friendly folks is definitely a bonus.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Beach Days…Still

Our local meteorologist mentioned this week that September was the warmest one on record for our area.  And October is continuing along the same lines.

So on our recent trips to the Outer Banks. we’re still seeing quite a few folks enjoying the beach.

As well as a couple of canines. This picture just makes me smile.

But, as you know, this also makes me smile.

This was a stallion and his mare.  Why, I do believe she’s curled her mane hair for this date…..channeling her inner Farrah Fawcett.

We also saw the stallion “snaking” her. On our tour with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund many years ago, our guide explained that snaking is the stallion’s way of herding his harem in the direction he wants them to go.

We didn’t really know what was happening between these two: we were just watching from the safety of our vehicle and taking pictures. They briefly put on quite a show for us.

But they soon worked everything out and were back down by the ocean, our favorite place to see them.

In the off season, the horses prefer the shelter of the thick brush behind the dunes, and we’ll see fewer of them on our trips. (Although there is video from a few years ago of them walking along the water’s edge during a snow storm.)

Just like humans, they prefer warm weather for their trips to the beach.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

Make Your Voice Heard

Now, doesn’t that sound official?

As I mentioned recently,  it seems that writing my blog sometimes seems like homework “these days”.  I’m contemplating perhaps going to no schedule and just posting at will.

So I thought I’d conduct a little poll, my first ever, I believe. If you would, please select what subject you like to see MOST here on the blog.

 

Hopefully this will give me the little push I need, so that blogging will be more fun than “work”. Writing is easy: it’s the subject matter that’s tough.

Thanks for reading and sharing your opinion.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

Random Five Fall Friday

Last Friday of September, first Friday of fall: I think this calls for five random thoughts:

1.) It’s been a couple of days since I’ve seen a hummingbird; perhaps they’re winging southward. I sure will miss those little flutterers until they return next spring.

2.) Although the calendar says fall, the warm temps still say summer. And this petunia agrees.

3.) Things that make you go hmmmmm. How did that squirrel get that huge black walnut in this hanging basket. Wouldn’t it be fun to have that on video?

4.) It’s been a while since I’ve shared any photos of “my” wild horses at the Outer Banks. So here’s one from a recent trip. This is Valor, a little filly born earlier in the summer.  The Corolla Wild Horse Fund, the organization who oversees the horses, commented on one of their Facebook posts that she just can’t decide what color she wants to be.

5.) Tomorrow is the Autumn Vintage Market on Main Street in our little town.  My friend, Donna, and I are planning to take it all in…followed by lunch. The forecast: “times of sun and clouds, high 79”.  Ah….

Happy Fall, y’all!

~These Days Of Mine~