A bonus image for today…
I pulled this image from the 2010 archives for a photography challenge from my friend, Anthony Woodhouse. In his new Flickr group Weekly Photo Challenge (Photo Pioneer), this week’s challenge theme is “Eyes.”
So be it.
While driving into the Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland (U.S.), one can usually see wild ponies grazing along the side of the road. The herd in Assateague is derived from the famous herd at Chincoteague, just to the south, and while the ponies appear to be tame and docile, like any wildlife they are to be respected and given a wide berth… for everyone’s sake.
Sadly, despite the obvious warning signs posted every few feet directing people not to feed the animals, some people can’t seem to resist, and the animals have come to know humans and their autos as a source of easy food. Given those signs, it’s unsettling to see people hopping out of their cars, approaching the animals, feeding them, holding babies up to the horses to get a good picture (yes, really.) It’s both scary and comical at the same time.
We would never, ever feed a wild animal, and always give them a respectful distance. In this case, though, Sir Pony came sauntering right up to the car window, obviously acclimated to human presence. Since I had my telephoto lens on at the time, he rather filled the frame, but it seemed to work out.
If you look into the eyeball, you’ll see the road and our pickup truck reflected. Stare deeply… keep looking… give… carrot…
We drove off right after the shot, not wanting to interfere with their lives any further than we already had by simply idling there. The throng behind us quickly filled our space.
Single exposure, Nikon D90 with Nikkor 70-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens, ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/60, 92mm