Assateague & Chincoteague – 2012
Assateague Island National Seashore is over 37 miles of beautiful beaches located along the Atlantic Ocean coast of southeastern Maryland and northeastern Virginia. More than 300 wild ponies wander the beaches, inland pine forest, and salt marshes on the island. Some people believe that the wild ponies arrived on Assateague when a Spanish galleon cargo ship of horses sank off the coast and the horses swam to shore. Others believe the wild horses arrived there from early colonial settlers. In 1997, a Spanish shipwreck was discovered off Assateague Island, which lends credit to the first theory. In any event, the ponies have become well-adapted to the seashore ecosystem where they feed on salt marsh grass, dune grasses, bayberry twigs, rosehips, and persimmons.
The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is located on Assateague Island on the Virginia side and is one of the most popular birding destinations in the United States, boasting over 320 species of migratory and residents birds. Assateague is an essential part of the Atlantic flyway and is a perfect habitat for thousands of waterfowl and other birds that migrate from the north.
My photos follow from my recent visits, latest first. I hope you enjoy and thank you for stopping by to see Assateague Island through my lens!
Visit – January 16, 2012 – Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia
Visit – January 15, 2012 – Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland
The next pony gave a grin for the camera before proceeding down the road…..
Thanks for taking your time to visit and view my photos. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I enjoy sharing them!