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“Camera Hog”

The idea for this post came about a couple of weeks ago as a result of the final picture in today’s post.  I didn’t realize just how many folks, over the past few years, have taken pictures of me taking pictures.

This would be a good time to explain how I have come to take so many photos. “Way back in 2000, Motor Man and I were planning a trip to California. At the time, we had a tiny digital camera. He wanted to upgrade for something nicer before our trip. While we were at the store, looking at different models, he asked which one I liked. I made the comment that it should be his choice, because I wasn’t going to “lug around” a big camera like that….

(clearing my throat) ….Those are words that I have “eaten” many, many, many times since then.  In the years since, Motor Man has told everyone that he’s not allowed to touch our camera. (Not true….)

So today, I thought it would be fun to share photos that have been taken of me using OUR camera…not mine: OURS.

This first one was taken by our friend, Bev, in January of 2012. She and her husband had taken Motor Man and me to Corolla to see the horses. This trip, basically, began our obsession with visiting that area.

During the summer of 2012, after purchasing our 4-wheel-drive Jeep, Motor Man and I took our former neighbor, Susie, to Corolla to see the horses, and she took this picture. We later sold the Jeep (and now have a Tahoe), but that Jeep was fun, and I love this picture: the beach, the sunrise, and Motor Man waiting patiently for us.

This colorful shot was taken by my friend, Donna, at sunrise in the Outer Banks, in July, 2015.

This next picture was taken by our friend, Pam, in September, 2016. It was also at Corolla (do you see a theme here?). Motor Man and I were giving her and her husband a tour of the area, and I was, of course, taking pictures of “my” horses.

Motor Man took this with his cell phone of me at an outdoor concert we attended in August, 2016.

And, finally, the inspiration for this post.  Recently, around the time of sunset, we were crossing a little bridge near our house. Motor Man dropped me off, so I could take a picture (imagine that). After crossing the bridge, he turned around and came back for me. There’s a tiny, waterfront restaurant near the bridge, and our friends, Terry and Sindee, just happened to be there at the time having dinner.  On the lower right, the sunset is reflected in the water.

I suppose all these pictures just reinforce what Motor Man has said all these years.

My name is Dianna, and I AM a camera hog.

~These Days Of Mine~













On our most recent trip to the Outer Banks, Motor Man and I had a bit more “excitement” than we would have liked.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Carova area of the Outer Banks (where the wild horses are), it’s accessible only by four-wheel drive vehicles.  After driving several miles on the beach,  there are many back roads/streets, but none are paved.  It is NOT a convenient place for your vehicle to “break down”….

We were approximately eight miles “up the beach” when all the alarms on our dashboard began that “dinging” sound. Motor Man looked to see that our voltage indicator was at its lowest point.  It was just a few minutes later that we came to a stop.

Thankfully, within minutes, we were surrounded by a group of local ‘good guys’ stopping to offer their help. (In this picture, you aren’t able to see a huge pick-up truck with jumper cables connected to our Tahoe, charging our battery.)

I should explain that we carry a small portable battery jump box/charger. But, apparently our battery was so “low”, the jump box wasn’t enough to start our vehicle.

Since the alternator was the problem, the guys knew that the battery wouldn’t hold a charge for long. So we needed to hurry as much as safely possible to make it back to the hard surface road before we needed a tow.

And we did….with a few miles to spare. But eventually, the inevitable happened, and the Tahoe could go no further. Thank goodness for our AAA membership, although in that area, our wait was 90 minutes for the tow truck to arrive. They towed us to a friend’s business, and we called other friends, who came to our rescue and brought us home.

BUT. As we were heading off the beach, again, as quickly as we safely could, we spotted up ahead…..five horses down by the water.

That’s my favorite place to see the horses, but since we weren’t able to stop,  this was taken as we bounced along the beach, resulting in the blurry picture.

The alternator was replaced the next day. Motor Man has already purchased a large jump box, which will be in our vehicle on our next trip to the beach.

Although having your vehicle “let you down” is always concerning, especially in such a remote location, the kindness of strangers and friends made this more of an adventure than a hardship. We are grateful.

~These Days Of Mine~

Making Time For the Horses

In the past week, Motor Man and I have hosted a family reunion, attended a boat race, he’s worked on engines, I’ve been for a doctor’s appointment, visited with two nieces (including one who’s in town from halfway across the country)….and we still found time to (s-q-u-e-e-z-e) in a trip to the Outer Banks to see a few wild horses.

Scenery like this alone would make the trip worthwhile, but, thankfully, we saw a few horses, too.

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Although we’ve had temps in the 90’s this week, there has also been some rain, which provided areas of fresh drinking water for the horses.

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The picture brings to mind the song “Knee Deep (in the water somewhere)”.

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And how convenient?  There was a “pick your own” salad bar.

We also saw this group,”chilling” by the ocean on a hot day.

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Motor Man and I keep a pretty busy schedule, but we love those quick getaways to the beach.

~These Days Of Mine~

Come, Ride With Us

Motor Man and I are taking an early morning trip to the beaches of Corolla, N.C., and we would like to invite you to join us. Hop in the back seat, and buckle up: we never know what the condition of the sand will be. It may be a rough ride at times.

Since we “slept in” a little this morning, we won’t be there right at sunrise, but we can promise that the beach will be beautiful anyway.

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Look!  This is what we like to see in the distance: horses down by the ocean. At this point we say: “At least it won’t be a zero (horse count) day”.

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Although we are happy to see the horses anywhere, the ocean usually provides the best backdrop.

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Since we don’t see any other horses further up the beach, let’s drive over the dune and see if we can find some on the “sand roads”.

Aha – seems we aren’t the only ones to have slept in this morning.  (As always, although it looks as though we’re close to the horses, there’s an ordinance requiring humans to keep a distance of at least 50 feet.  So our “zoom” lens gets a workout at the beach, then I often crop the photos once uploaded to the computer to bring the images in even closer.)

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A cattle egret is hitching an early morning ride (and probably enjoying a nice breakfast of insects off the horse’s back).

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It’s always a thrill to drive over a dune and spot a gorgeous stallion standing on another dune. Zoom lens in action again. Now you know why the camera is in my lap the entire time we’re on the beach. You never know when you’ll have a photo op.

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And lucky you: we don’t often see the resident mule, Raymond. Seems we caught him munching on a sea oat stalk.  And did you spot the dragonfly that photobombed Raymond’s picture?

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Wow, those couple of hours sure flew by. Let’s cross back over the dune and drive along the ocean as we leave the 4-wheel drive beach.

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It was a nice horse-viewing morning: we saw a total of 29. That’s about average; we’ve been a few times and not seen any, and the most we’ve ever seen was around 75.

You’re welcome to join us anytime – we love having company on our trips to see the horses.

~These Days Of Mine~

And The Answer Is….

Yesterday, I left you with a cliffhanger: did we see any horses during our weekend trip to the Outer Banks?

Why, yes, as a matter of fact, we saw a total of 39 horses.  The first one was standing in front of the restored Coast Guard Station. This picture was taken from the beach.

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Traveling around to the back of the property, we saw this family.

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Just look at this little one. (I’ve sent a message to Corolla Wild Horse Fund, asking its name, but as of yet, haven’t gotten a response. When I do, I’ll share.)

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Then, this one, who brought to mind the book Black Beauty.

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And, finally, what I always hope for: horses on the beach.

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During some of our winter trips, we didn’t see any horses, on others, we’d see a few. I guess the horses are like us humans: they much prefer the beach during the summer.

~These Days Of Mine~

“Catchin’ A Wave”

Today, I’m sharing last weekend’s adventure with Motor Man and his mom. And let me just say that it was something quite different for her.

We picked her up around mid-morning and headed for the Outer Banks.  She thought we were just going to check on our beach house, have lunch and drive back home.


Once we were in the Outer Banks, we helped her into our Jeep and off we went out onto the beach at Corolla.  She didn’t care much for bumping across the sand. She didn’t care much for Motor Man driving so close to the ocean. We only saw four horses, and none of those were on the beach (or even in good spots for photographs). She didn’t seem to be enjoying the adventure very much.

But then, she happened to mention that she might like to dip her toes in the Atlantic . Here’s the rest of the story:

By the time Motor Man got the step stool from the back of the Jeep, she had already taken her shoes and knee-hi's.

By the time Motor Man got the step stool from the back of the Jeep, she had already taken off her shoes and knee-hi’s.

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Hmm…I don’t know about this…

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Motor Man thought she was just going to get her toes wet; he’s still wearing his socks and shoes.

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I love this picture!

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Motor Man’s smiling here, but he had to endure soggy socks and shoes for the entire trip home.

I had set up our camera on the tripod as Motor Man was helping his mom out of the Jeep, so even though both of them had cold, wet feet, we managed to get a “group picture”.

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We helped Mom dry her feet right away and turned on the heat in the Jeep. Then, with her socks and shoes back on, we treated her to a nice dinner and delivered her safely back home. I think this trip will give her something to talk about…until her next adventure.

~These Days Of Mine~


It was a perfect weekend for a trip to the Outer Banks.  We invited our friends, Wayne and Jimmie to join us. (You met them when I wrote about our trip to see the Gypsy horses a few weeks ago).

I must say the wild horses at the beach were feeling quite frisky this weekend. I’ll be sharing more photos over the next few days, but today, I’ll concentrate on this little incident.

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Jimmie is much more of a horse person than I am; she’s actually owned horses, not just admired them from afar. But we couldn’t tell if these were two stallions, or a stallion and a mare. They were either having some spirited horseplay or a rather serious disagreement.

This has to be near the top of the list of my favorite wild horse photos.

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“This isn’t over….”

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When I uploaded my pictures and saw this one, I thought of those gorgeous Friesians.

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And this reminds me of male athletes when they “bump shoulders” (sorry I don’t know the official term for that).

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Motor Man had stopped our Jeep quite a distance from the horses.  (I was using a long lens to take the pictures; that’s why the lighting is a bit off.) Suddenly they began running right toward us. I was standing behind the door of the Jeep, so I was protected. When they started our way, we didn’t have time to move from where we were parked.

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And then…they were gone.

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But not before putting on quite the show.