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Merlin

Merlin is a two-year old stallion living in the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve. Is maturing into a fine looking young man. So much so I thought he deserved a featured posting.


Merlin, a young wild stallion living in the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve.

Portrait of a wild mustang.

North Carolina is home to several herds of wild horses.

wild mustang prints

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Equine Photography: Wild Horses on the Tidal Flats

Depending on the season, time of day, weather conditions and tide there are a lot of different locations where you can find the wild horses both on Shackleford Banks and within the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve. But without a doubt the tidal flats is probably my favorite location for photographing wild horses. I can find splashing water, reflections, wispy grasses with the appearance of wide open spaces in the background. Here are a few images from a recent visit with the horses.


A wild mustang crosses the partially flooded tidal flats.

Wild horse detail shot.

Wild mustangs make great subjects for equine photography.

Wild stallion walks along the grass line.

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Mustangs in the Evening

As I often do when I have some time I spent yesterday evening with the local wild horses. The high tide had most of the herd fairly compacted into the same area. Here are a few close crops of the horses. I’ll post some looser compositions later.


Wild Mustang on the Carolina Coast.

Wild horse on the Outer Banks.

Wild Banker horses feed on marsh grass.

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Back Lit and Side Lit Wild Horses in Black & White

I paid a visit to the wild horses Sunday evening. At one point I turned around and noticed some really lovely, intense golden light on the horses as the sun was setting. While I shot these images with color in mind I really, really, really like them as black & white photos. Here are my four favorite black & white images from the session.

A beautiful wild horse in side lighting.

Strong back lighting on a wild horse in black and white.

Wild mustang in black and white.

Wild Banker horse on the Outer Banks.

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Black Bellied Plover – Winter Plumage

While on my paddle the other morning I spied a plover searching the mouth of Deep Creek for a morning snack. I made a slow, drifting approach to see if I could get a few photos. As I got nearer I could see that it was a Black Bellied Plover, still in its winter plumage. It didn’t seem to mind my presence and I was able to get a few photos of this little bird as it worked the shoreline hunting for a few tasty morsels.


A Black Bellied Plover near the mouth of Deep Creek  in the Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve.

The Rachel Carson Estuarine Reserve is a wonderful location for viewing shorebirds.

Black Bellied Plover photographed near Beaufort, North Carolina.

The Crystal Coast is home to a large varitey of birds.

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Wild Horses (In Color!)

Okay. A break from the black & white horse photos. Here are a few color shots from last week. These were all shot using a 500mm lens, as were the previous sets from last week. I hope you enjoy them.


Wild stallions in a bit of a dispute over the mares.

A wild horse feeds on the tidal flats along the North Carolina coast.

Wild mustang on the Carolina Coast.

A pair of mustangs living wild on the Carolina coast.

A wild horse feeds on the ridal flats near Beaufort, NC

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Breaking My Own Rules

As a general rule I like to incorporate some environmental elements in my images of the wild horses. My thinking has always been that if I shoot too tight on these animals it’s hard for a viewer to tell a wild horse from a domestic one. I’m also a strong believer in the idea that images that include a sense of where the animals live tell more of a story. However sometimes it’s fun to do something a bit different. Here’s a really tight crop on a wild horses living in the Rachel Carson reserve.


A tight crop on a wild horse.

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Wild Horses Couldn’t Drag Me Away… I’d Go Willingly!

That line by the Rolling Stones frequently runs through my mind when I’m visiting the wild mustangs living here on the Crystal Coast. I always loved that song. It’s one of the few that I can actually remember the first time I heard it… (and the young lady that introduced it to me!) But in the case of visiting, observing and photographing these animals they don’t have to drag me away. I’m more than willing to go on my own. Here’s a few more shots from last week. All Shackleford Banks Mustangs in this series.


Wild mustang on a marsh island near Shackleford Banks.

Not everyone realized there are wild Spanish Mustangs living along the eastern coast of the United States.

Photo from the April 2012 Crystal Coast Wild Horse Photo Safari.

North Carolina Wild Horses.

Outer Banks Wild Horse.

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Cape Lookout Light and a Wild Mustang

Unquestionably one of the most iconic images for the wild horses of the Cape Lookout National Seashore, finding an angle that will permit a photographer to include the lighthouse in the background of a wild mustang photo is actually fairly rare. The odds improve when the horses are out on one of the marsh islands and you’re using a private charter to reach the horses, as was the case on the second day of the Crystal Coast Wild Horse Photo Safari last week. Hopefully we’ll get a repeat opportunity during next month’s tour which, by the way, still has limited space available (). Here are a couple of shots of a wild horse with the Cape Lookout Light in the background.


Wild mustang on a marsh island in the Cape Lookout National Seashore

Wild horse on Shackleford Banks.

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Fog, Foals & Fights: Crystal Coast Wild Horse Photo Workshop

We enjoyed some great photographic opportunities, lots of action and some great conditions for the April 2013 Crystal Coast Wild Horse Photo Safari. A simple three word descriptive might be “fog, foals and fights!” We started the first morning with a bit of fog cover which certainly added a nice tough of ambiance to our photos. We got shots of foals both at the Rachel Carson Reserve and on Shackleford Banks. Everyone also got to observe and photographs a few horse fights. It was certainly a good outing. It’s going to take a while to sort through and process all the images so I thought for a first post about the Photo Safari I’d start with a few shots that include some of the participants working with the wild horses.

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