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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~

 

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~

 

 

 

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~

 

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~