Chincoteague & Assateague Island

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As long as I can remember I have loved horses.  So last weekend I headed down to Chincoteague Island, Virginia to photograph the wild ponies on the barrier island of Assateague.  Assateague Island sits off of the coast of Maryland and Virgina and is divided by a fence between the two states.  The Maryland side is run by the state of Maryland, Assateague State Park and the National Park Service, Assateague National Seashore.  The ponies on the Maryland side are owned by the National Park Service. The Virginia side is known as the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge which is run by the National Fish & Wildlife but the ponies are owned by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.  The Virginia side is known for the Pony Swim in July when the ponies are rounded up and swim from the refuge on Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island.  The picture above is on the Maryland side at the Assateague National Seashore.

The next few pictures are in the RV section of the Assateague State Park.

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The little foal was so cute!  Looks just like the foal on the cover of  the book, “Misty of Chincoteague” by Marguerite Henry.

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The next few pictures are still on the Maryland side but at the Assateague National Seashore.  The horses below look like there in the pony lane!

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The group above wandered out into the marshes after entertaining everybody in the parking lot.

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This is a look at one of the board walks out to the ocean.

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I wanted to get in some night photography while  I was on Chincoteague Island.  The first one is the Inn I stayed at on Chincoteague Island,  the lovely and charming Channel Bass Inn. Innkeepers Barbara and David Wiedenheft prepare a fantastic breakfast that will keep you full till dinner.  In addition, Barbara serves an English Tea on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday that I highly recommend.  You can forget about dinner afterwards, I was stuffed.  If you ever venture out to Chincoteague Island, I highly recommend you stay at the Channel Bass Inn.  I plan on returning there.

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This house sits on a little island where the old bridge use to come onto Chincoteague Island.

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This is the public library on Chincoteague Island and I shot this on Friday night, the night before the  “Big Moon” on May 5th.  I’m glad I caught this because on May 5th we were fogged in on the island and couldn’t see the moon!

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The next few shots are taken at the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge on the Virginia side of Assateague Island.  You can access this refuge from Chincoteague Island.  It is absolutely beautiful.

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This is Toms Cove which is just a spectacular beach at the tip of Assateague Island in the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge.

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It’s a little bit harder to see the Chincoteague ponies in the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge.  The best way to see them is on one of the pontoon boat tours.  I signed up for Captain Dan’s boat tour around Chincoteague Island on Saturday and went out in a very misty and grey day.  We did see a few horses off in the mist. I shot this from the boat with a 300mm lens that even on solid land I can barely hold.

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This is a stallion named Medicine Hat who has been around since 1985.  He appears to have an old war wound on his front shoulder.

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Last shot coming in off the boat tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “Chincoteague & Assateague Island

  1. Thank you Marina! Both horses are stallions and the one in the top picture chased the one on the dunes away. I was so awestruck I fumbled with the camera and missed the shot!

  2. All great, and as usual, this blog does not disappoint. Love the pony lane, the lone pony on the sand dune, and great sky shots!!

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