Friday, June 24, 2011

Assateague Island

Assateague Island is a 37-mile (60 km) long barrier island located off the eastern coast of Maryland and Virginia.  It is best known for its herds of feral horses, pristine beaches, and the Assateague Lighthouse.

The island also contains numerous marshes, bays and coves, including Toms Cove

The feral horse population of Assateague Island is alternately known as the Assateague horse in Maryland and the Chincoteague Pony in Virginia. 
The traditional definition of a horse or a pony is based on whether the animal in question falls over or under 14.2 hands(58 inches, 147 cm). The equines on the island tend to be under 14.2, but have a horse phenotype

The southern beach is restricted access at 5 miles to protect endangered species, so it is not possible to walk from the north to the south end on the beach.
Looking south beyond boundary at lone horse
More photos here  Nice waves and swimming, though powerful undercurrents.

1 comment:

K said...

What wonderful pictures of those horses.... you were so close!! Nice job.