Going back into the archives from last summer I found a few untouched shots from a weekend camping trip to Mount Rogers Virginia.
In the 1970?s feral ponies were introduced into Grayson Highlands State Park to help control the vegetation growth and have thrived for several generations. Despite the park rules people hiking the mountainside have fed them for years resulting in them becoming very used to people and even a little aggressive.
As I made my way back from the summit on this windy afternoon I stopped to get some shots of the herd and soon found myself surrounded by some of them. I had no sooner put my camera bag down when this one came up to me and began nudging me in the back while I was sitting on the ground trying to take photos of the others. It wasn’t rough but I definitely was not expecting it. After a few minutes, she figured out that I wasn’t giving handouts and turned back to grazing.
I can’t wait for spring so I can start spending time on the mountain again.
Settings: ISO100, 72mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec