Daily Post’s Weekly Challenge…Early Bird

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Early Bird.” For this week’s photo challenge, get up early and explore the morning light.

To be fair, this is far from a challenge for me as I am an early riser, and sunrise is my favorite time of day. I hope my partaking in this challenge doesn’t bore my wonderful followers/readers of my blog as I do tend to go overboard with my sunrise photos and quotes……I just can’t help it!! I wish you all a Good Morning ☀️☕️ And hope that those of you who are not early risers enjoy the colors and beauty of my mornings!

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“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.”  ~Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book~

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“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.”  ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden~

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“Every morning a new sun greets us and our new life begins.” ~Marty Rubin~

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The colors and quiet that come with the dawn are to beautiful not to explore….

“Have you ever seen the dawn? Not a dawn groggy with lack of sleep or hectic with mindless obligations and you about to rush off on an early adventure or business, but full of deep silence and absolute clarity of perception? A dawning which you truly observe, degree by degree. It is the most amazing moment of birth. And more than anything it can spur you to action. Have a burning day.”
~Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration~

Daily Prompt……Today Was A Good Day

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Today Was a Good Day.”

I have so many, and can go in so many directions with this prompt. I decided to share the day I was able to cross horse back riding on the beach off my bucket list. Now, my ride wasn’t a beautiful, warm summer day….I went on a beautiful, crisp, cold day in December. I had the chance to ride on ‘our’ beach with some of the saltwater Cowboys,,,,,,pretty darn good for a gal who grew up loving horses from NJ.

“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ”
~William Shakespeare, Henry V~


Getting ready to live a dream!

Getting ready to live a dream!

So, here I am with Dixie, my riding partner. She’s a pretty little paint.

This little lady was vey patient with me. She made me look good!!

This little lady was vey patient with me. She made me look good!!

Now, you can’t tell I was shaking in my boots. The last time I sat/rode a horse, I was 18!!!

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Here I am with John, Dixie’s owner and a 100% Teager Saltwater Cowboy!!

...and we're off!!! There is nothing like this view!!

…and we’re off!!! There is nothing like this view!!

It really was a beautiful day!

It really was a beautiful day!

...my shadow, as close to a selfie as I could get. No cell phone,,,just a small camera!

…my shadow, as close to a selfie as I could get. No cell phone,,,just a small camera!

The best part…The entire 3 hour ride. Yes folks,,my tender butt was in the saddle for 3 hours!!! We trotted, we walked in the surf and I was in complete heaven!! It was a Great Day!!!!!!

Thank you Dixie for being a part of making this gals dream come true!

Thank you Dixie for being a part of making this gals dream come true!

“In riding a horse, we borrow freedom”
~Helen Thompson~

BTW…I attempted to insert a Mesh Gallery and couldn’t figure it out…may take another pot of coffee!!!

Daily Prompt…..Snapshot Stories….

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Snapshot Stories.”

Open the first photo album you can find — real or virtual, your call — and stop at the first picture of yourself you see there . Tell us the story of that photo……..

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This Prompt was just screaming at me….I’m in the process of moving my photo albums off my pc and onto discs….opened up an album and here ya go…..A fun selfie of me with my grandson Landon. This was taken on my last visit to PA. He’s a trip!!! He loves taking walks with his Nana (hopefully he won’t outgrow this anytime soon!)…this particular day we were on a little ‘nature hike’……picking up leaves, hugging trees, checking out the caterpillars…..

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……..and rocks….he’s into rocks. Throwing them into the woods to be exact……Then I got him on board to build something with them……

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He loved the fact that it was still standing a few days later………

Kids and nature go hand in hand…making memories with your grandchild…PRICELESS

“Teaching Children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.” [Thomas Berry, Dream of the Earth]

My Little Town…………..Pony Penning

This week, the last of July, finds my little town in the midst of something BIG……It’s called Pony Penning. Visitors from near and far descend upon us to experience the Pony Swim, held the last Wednesday of July. All in hopes of being able to buy one of the many foals to be auctioned off on Thursday. The auction is a yearly fund raiser for our Fire Department, who actually tend to the herd.

Chincoteague was made famous by the book Misty of Chincoteague, written by Marguerite Henry. As a little girl who loved horses, it was my favorite book. Of course I dreamed of visiting this little island and seeing the famous wild ponies of Assateague, but it wasn’t to be. Life went on, I grew up, but the little girl in me never lost her love for the ponies!!!

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(Marguerite Henry and Misty)

Today was the Pony Beach Walk, which is when the Salt Water Cowboys bring the Northern Herd south…they will be held in a paddock with the southern herd until the swim on Wednesday.

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(Thank you CTG for this ^ photo)

And then, the day everyone has been waiting for…the swim. This year it’s going to be an early swim as the ponies swim the channel at slack tide and it will be between 7-9 a.m. Thousands will be on hand to witness the 90th swim!

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I got to finally live my dream, by not only seeing the Pony Swim by boat, but I’ve come to call this wonderful place home…

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Now, as a ‘come here’ who calls this island home, July is a blessing and a curse…lol  It seems each year more and more tourists converge on the island and it’s impossible to get around!!!! It’s craziness and chaos,,but in a good way!!!

Photo Challenge….Close Up

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Close Up.”

Love this challenge!!!

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This first shot is the sandy beach….I loved the way the ocean waves carved out these little ‘valleys’…the sand actually had a clay-like look to it……

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This one was a lone gull feather sitting on the sand……….

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……and last but not least, a close up of the ‘seafoam’ and scattering of shells the waves brought in……