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Wild Pony


Wild Pony
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Copyright: WEI C CHANG (rightway) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 71 W: 0 N: 43] (333)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-06
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot G5
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-15 15:07
Viewed: 3951
Points: 4
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Assateague wild ponies have roamed the beaches, pine forest, and salt marsh of Assateague Island since the 1600's. Assateague Island National Seashore has a combined total of over 300 wild ponies in Maryland and Virginia. Some people believe the horses arrived on Assateague's shores when a Spanish galleon ship (with a cargo of horses) sank offshore. Others believe the horses arrived by early colonial settlers that allowed them to graze there. A Spanish ship wreck was discovered recently in the waters off Assateague which lends credit to the first theory.

The ponies have become well-adapted and enjoy the solitude Assateague Island offers. Marsh and sand dune grasses, rosehips, bayberry twigs, and persimmons supply the bulk of their food. Assateague ponies are often found feeding on the salt marsh cordgrass along Assateague's western shoreline. When traveling by boat, you may encounter Assateague ponies along extensive bay habitats and pine forest of the 37 mile barrier island .

Both Maryland and Virginia sides of Assateague have wild ponies, each has a herd of about 160. A fence at the Maryland/Virginia state line separates the two herds. The wild ponies of Assateague are usually seen in groups of about 5-10 animals. The National Park Service and Fish & Wildlife Service have conducted resource management studies to ensure the wild horse population is maintained at a level the seashore environment of Assateague can tolerate.

Source:http://www.assateagueisland.com/wildlife/pony.htm

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Hi Wei, I hadn't heard about these ponies so thanks for the introduction. It's good to see a wild horse of any type. I like the composition of this this shot, and you have good light on it with good colour. It could probably use a little more contrast, through the use of levels or curves, to make it "pop" a little more. If you were to open up your workshop, I could demonstrate this for you.

Thanks, John

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-04-16 11:18]

Hi Wei
It could probably use a little more contrast
lovely a hourse
have a nice day.

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