Category Archives: OBX Wild Horses

A Giveaway!

After taking a year off, The Corolla Wild Horse Fund is once again having a photo contest for next year’s calendar. Rather than waiting until later in the year as they have done in the past, entries must be in by the end of this month, and they’re hoping the calendars will be available for the busy 2019 summer tourist season.

I have been thrilled to have my photos selected for previous calendars, so I will, once again, be entering pictures in the contest. Each entry may contain up to three photos, so I’m sharing with you the three that I’ve chosen:

Picture number 1:

Picture number 2:

And picture 3:

So, to enter the giveaway, leave a comment HERE ON THE BLOG POST, saying which photo you think may possibly be selected for the calendar.

If I’m fortunate enough to have any of these photos chosen, I will draw a name from my readers who selected that photo. That person will receive a gift package, to include the 2020 CWHF calendar. If none of my photos are chosen, a reader who commented will be randomly chosen as the giveaway winner.

Be sure to leave a comment with your selection HERE on the blog. (Your email will not be visible to anyone but me.) The winner will be chosen from the comments left here on the blog post.

~These Days Of Mine~

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Weekend Updates

Just to update you on some things mentioned in my Friday’s “random” post:

My friends and I had a wonderful lunch and visit on Saturday, all decked out in our greenery. (I was desperately in need of my sunglasses....)

And April, the giraffe, did indeed have her calf this weekend, on Saturday to be exact.  She timed it to coincide with our lunch.  And I am so thankful for those understanding friends. I propped my phone up in front of my plate and (hopefully) discreetly caught glimpses of April as we ate and chatted. And I was fortunate enough to actually be watching just as the baby was born.

If you’ve never watched the April cam, here’s the link.  Warning: VERY addictive. Oh, and April and son are both doing fine. By the way, her “baby” was 5’11” and weighed 139 at birth. Wow.

My Motor Man and I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day yesterday with yet another trip to the Outer Banks in search of horses.

Speaking of the Corolla wild horses, tune in Wednesday for some fun news and a giveaway!

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

Horses, Pigs And Bad Decisions

Or, in other words: your weekly beach report.

Yesterday, during our time on the beach at Carova, we saw seven horses, including this one:

“You looking at me?”

And this beauty:

We also saw this group, which included the beach’s resident mule, Raymond. He’s the dark colored, right front.  “Everybody loves Raymond.”

But, here’s something we’d never seen at the beach before. She was hanging out with a buddy, who slipped into the shrubs before I could get a picture. We’re pretty sure they belong to the folks who live at a nearby house.

And then this:

Yes, someone decided to drive their Challenger right by several signs reading: “4-WHEEL DRIVE VEHICLES ONLY BEYOND THIS POINT“.  Facebook posts indicate they were able to free their vehicle and actually drove further down the beach.

Just another interesting day at Carova. It’s never boring.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

On The Wild Side

Yesterday, as we often do on Sundays, Motor Man and I made a trip to Carova, NC in search of wild horses.

By the way: yesterday just happened to be World Wildlife Day.

It took a while, but we finally saw horses.  They did a good job of hiding from us, and we thought we may end up with a “zero day” before we came upon these four having an early dinner.

As we were driving along the beach, we spotted a cordoned off area in the sand. We’ve seen those before to protect places where sea turtles have laid eggs, but as we got closer, we realized this was for another reason.

A seal had come up on shore to rest.

I had recently seen a video posted on one of the Carova area Facebook pages that I follow. It was of a seal making its way back to the water after having rested a while on the Carova beach.

It was quite exciting to see this one so close.  There were a few other folks also looking and taking pictures;  of course, we were all well outside the perimeter set up for his safety.

He put on quite a show for the little video I took. There is sound (wind and waves), and you should be able to view it full screen.

 

Just as with the wild horses, I used my zoom lens. “Hello, you looking at me?”

Such an interesting looking little creature. I sure hope he stays safe.

Wild horses and this cute little seal: Motor Man and I thought it was the perfect way to celebrate World Wildlife Day.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Warm And Windy

Yes, it’s another post from our happy place: Carova, NC, home of the beautiful wild horses. I hope my readers don’t tire of kitty and horse pictures, because that could well be the end of my blogging days.

Sunday morning was dreary, cold, foggy and not the kind of weather for a drive on the beach. But, my Motor Man had faith in the weatherman’s forecast that the afternoon would be nicer.

And they were both correct: we saw sun and temps in the lower 70’s Sunday afternoon.

And, although the horses were few in number (11), the ones we saw provided us with nice pictures.

Sometimes it’s difficult to spot the horses; they like to spend time in the tall grasses. We happened to see five, all lying down.  We occasionally see one resting, but this many in one location is rather unusual…perhaps because of the windy conditions?

So beautiful.

It’s always a treat to see one of the younger horses. This is Castano, born last summer, and he is sporting a mighty fine winter wool coat and black “boots”.

We were so fortunate that he walked right by our vehicle. Such an unusual marking on his forehead. (Is a horse’s forehead referred to by different terminology?)

You know that I was just clicking away on that camera.

Did I mention that it was a breezy day?

 

Bye, Castano!

Stay safe, little one; hope to see you again soon.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

Wild Horses On Wednesday

You may recall that, a couple of years ago, I wrote a blog post or two on Wednesdays and titled them “Wild Horse Wednesday”. Then I received a rather terse “cease and desist” email from The Wild Horse Freedom Federation informing me that those three words are a registered trademark. Imagine that, they somehow found my tiny little blog and were worried that it threatened their trademark. So, of course, I ceased and desisted. But, first I had a little fun with this post.

I wonder if anyone has registered the phrase “Wild Horses On Wednesday”. If so, I’m guessing I’ll hear about that, too.

So, ’til then: here goes. Pics from our last few trips to the Outer Banks.

I used to refer to horses with this coloring as having “blonde manes”. Then one of my horse friends politely pointed out to me that they’re actually called “flaxen” manes.

Blonde or flaxen, it’s a beautiful mane on a beautiful horse.

This time of year, the horses are easily hidden in the tall grasses.

Flaxen seems to be a popular hair color of the beach horses. Although it wasn’t an option for brunettes such as I,  I couldn’t help but be reminded of the hair lightener from yesteryear: “Sun In”.

And this poor fella is looking a little scruffy.

Perhaps he’s like the rest of us: looking forward to and waiting patiently for warmer days and the end of winter.

~These Days Of Mine~

A Special Way To Be Brought To Mind

As you can imagine, I follow several Facebook pages with origins in the Carova/Corolla/Outer Banks area.  And you probably also know that the main reason I do that is for news and pictures about “my” wild horses.

Last week, the Facebook Page “Corolla Beach House” posted this video. (Be sure your sound is on.)

 

Of course, you all know that I love it; it’s always exciting to see the horses running and to hear them whinny. And you have to wonder: was that last horse taking a short cut? Or did he just miss his turn?

In the days since that video was posted, several of my Facebook friends have shared it and tagged me in it.  A couple of them also sent the video to me in private messages. They all wanted to be sure that I saw it.

It makes me smile to know that seeing this video of these wild, beautiful horses caused so many folks to think about me.

And special thanks to Corolla Beach House for allowing me to share their amazing video with my readers. It was definitely a great capture. And, yes, I’m the tiniest bit envious.

~These Days Of Mine~