I See You

One of the many feral ponies that roam freely across the highlands of Mount Rogers Virginia

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.

Gear: Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF-S 18-135mm

Settings: ISO100, 72mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec

Software: Adobe Lightroom 3, Topaz Adjust 5

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11 Comments

  1. andy gimino February 29, 2012 at 3:28 PM #

    Nice image curt…like the close up view here!
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  2. Mark Summerfield February 29, 2012 at 1:56 PM #

    I like the tight composition as it allows the viewer to see the detail in the wind blown mane as well as the eye of the horse. Great story too.
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  3. LensScaper February 29, 2012 at 1:02 PM #

    I’ve had similar experiences with over-friendly sheep! She looks like she’s been well fed! I like the tight framing, nice work.
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  4. Steven Perlmutter February 29, 2012 at 12:29 PM #

    Great portrait Curt. Love the colors and composition.
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  5. Len Saltiel February 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM #

    What a great capture of a magnificant animal Curt
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  6. Chris Frailey February 29, 2012 at 9:26 AM #

    You got the wind blown hair look in this one. Love it.
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  7. Adam Olson February 29, 2012 at 8:44 AM #

    Nice shot Curt! Such a beautiful animal!
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  8. edith Levy February 29, 2012 at 8:37 AM #

    Great capture Curt. This little guys a beauty.
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  9. Dave DiCello February 29, 2012 at 8:12 AM #

    Beautiful shot here Curt, I love the wind blowing its mane! Great capture!
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  10. Rich McPeek February 29, 2012 at 8:05 AM #

    Very nice shot Curt! Great capture!
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  11. Rob Hanson February 29, 2012 at 7:25 AM #

    Very nice image! Plus, I’ve written down the name of the park for a future visit. Thanks!
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