Bad Hair Day   10 comments

The dominant male in a group of wild ponies on Shackleford Banks, Cape Lookout, North Carolina, NC

Bad Hair Day

This seemed like an appropriate picture for a Monday morning.

Last week in NC, we got a brief reprieve from stifling heat and the tides were just right, so we took our kayaks down to Shell Point on Harker’s Island for one of our favorite trips out to Cape Lookout.

The ‘interestingness’ factor is almost always high on the route, and we keep an eye out for loggerhead turtles, dolphins, a vast array of bird life, and the famous wild ponies of Shackleford Banks. It is suspected that the ponies first arrived on Shack’ from Spain via Hispaniola in the 16th century, swimming ashore from shipwrecked boats that ran afoul of Cape Lookout.

While we didn’t see any dolphins on this trip (Flipper, or Flip Her), as soon as we rounded the end of the Banks, we noticed a small herd of wild ponies walking along the sand flats caused by the low tide. This gave me the opportunity to approach within a reasonable but respectful distance, using my long lens to capture this and other shots that you’ll see coming up in the near future. The group included a young foal, and the adults in the group always seemed to position themselves to protect the young one.

This pony seemed to be the dominant male of the group, and when I shuffled one step closer, he dropped his head low, pawed the ground once, and let me know that I should back away slowly, which I did.

Hand-held single exposure, Nikon D7000, Nikkor 70-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at f/5.6, 1/640, 300mm

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10 responses to “Bad Hair Day

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  1. Cool! I love the look in his eye – I own this island and you better watch out.

  2. I’m really digging this shot man. I love the comp and how there is a nice sheen on the hair. Nicely done my friend!

  3. Well captured Rob! A great way to start the week! I have been getting good results with your processing help and wanted to say thank you again. I encourage everyone to watch the tutorial you created it really takes processing to a whole new level! Have a great week my friend!

  4. Thanks, Jenny and Chris.

    And thank you, Mark, for your comment about the video tutorial. I’m really glad you got some good information out of it.


  5. Bad hair day indeed and it looks like he could use some nourishment too. Great shot though and love the composition.

  6. Great capture!
    I like the reflection in the foreground water and the composition. Nicely done.

  7. Sweet catch Rob! Great composition and depth of field! Good stuff!

  8. great shot Rob and great title, well done my friend!!

  9. I just love this shot Rob, the hair blowing is just incredible!

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