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It’s Been Awhile….

Have you been missing the beach and horse pictures recently here on These Days? Yeah, me,too.  Let’s see if we can remedy that today with a few  photos from our recent trips to the Outer Banks:

We love driving on the beach this time of year. We practically have the place to ourselves.  On pretty summer days, this place is packed with vehicles, sunbathers, swimmers, fishermen, children and dogs playing, folks flying kites. But, now that the weather is cooler, this is usually our view.

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Of course, you’re also a little less likely to see horses on the beach. But, on our last trip, there was one lone horse, walking along the water’s edge. We didn’t see any other horses nearby, but they could have been out of sight on the other side of the dunes.

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The trip prior to that, we saw this handsome stallion with the windblown mane. (Picture was taken with a zoom lens, then cropped once it was downloaded to the computer. I wasn’t nearly as close as it looks.)

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I’m guessing this was his mare; she was close by.  You can tell the horses have started getting their woolly winter coats. They’re beginning to look “fuzzy”.

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Thankfully, most of the flooding from Hurricane Matthew has receded, so we’re able to travel the “back roads” once again.

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See? Although it’s rare, I do occasionally take a beach picture that doesn’t include a horse.

~These Days Of Mine~

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~

Busy Weekend, Part I

Some weekends are just more action-packed than others. And this past weekend was definitely one of those for us.

Thursday morning, Motor Man, my friend, Donna, and I went to the Outer Banks. We did a little shopping, had lunch, more shopping, had dinner and stayed the night.

Early Friday morning, we were up and on our way to Corolla in search of wild horses.  But first, we stopped to catch the sunrise, and Donna took this photo.  (Sorry for the rerun, Facebook friends.)  When she looked at the preview on her camera, she was so excited.  And I think it’s special, too.

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We think we saw 60 horses, give or take a couple… or five.  We were too excited taking pictures to keep an accurate count.  These three were walking down one of the “back roads”.  We thought the one in the middle was especially beautiful.*

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We could tell by the horses’ body language that things were a bit tense.

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We soon realized that these were two stallions, and we had our cameras ready for a serious “discussion”.

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But, discussion was apparently all there was to be this particular time, and the guys walked away rather peacefully.

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It’s always a treat to see horses on the beach near the ocean, preferably walking IN the water,  and these five obliged us.

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It was a perfect day on the beach: comfortable temps, a nice breeze, sunshine, wild horses. During one of our stops, Motor Man shared a joke with Donna by the seaside.

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Thanks, Motor Man for putting up with all our girly silliness, giggles, shopping, etc.

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On Wednesday,  I’ll share part two of our busy weekend.

* As always, we were always more than the required 50 feet distance from the horses.  My photos were taken with a zoom lens, and most of them have been cropped to bring the images in closer than the distance they actually were.

~These Days Of Mine~