Thursday, April 19, 2018

Favorite photos.....from the past #7


My Mind's Eye sees such beauty and I'm fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.
Over the last 8 1/2 years these have all been posted on Madi and Mom Down Home In NC
I thought it would nice to have them in one location.  I'll be posting them once a week
We think our good buddy Beth over at Through my looking glass for the idea.


Hawk photo taken from my deck

I love the hue of the light in the lamp post.


Mama bunny from many years ago in our back yard











Every few years we are quite delighted to have a flock of Cedar Waxwings
make a rest stop in our yard.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Favorite Photo #6: 2 headed Cat


This picture of Milky-Way (our first cat in back) and Cali (our daughter's first cat) 
shows just how close they were.
Milky-Way was 7 years old when Cali (Cornish Rex) decided she wanted to be
owned by our daughter. We were all rather worried about their first meeting. Mainly because Cali 
was very accustomed to being around other cats at the breeders. MW had never met another cat until 
Cali. When they met, it was like they had known each other for years. MW loved Cali from her first 
Meow and Cali thoroughly enjoyed following MW all over the house while he showed her all his 
favorite sleeping and hiding spots.
Anytime our daughter had to go out of town Cali came to visit. No matter how long in between 
visits they always remembered each other. In this picture, Milky is nearly 9 and Cali nearly 2.
This window perch was really only for one cat but they found a way to share it and there 
was never a harsh meow between them.



Thursday, April 5, 2018

Favorite photo #5

Several years ago while walking on the Beach I happened to look down 
just as the wave washed out to see water in a shell with bubbles.   
Another one of those accidental snaps..

The eyes of the sea see you.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Favorite Photo #4

For many years we had a bunny family every spring.
This is mama bunny don't you just love this photo of her sitting up and her little front feet


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Favorite vacation photo's #3

Today I'm posting words and photos from a most wonderful vacation in 2015.  For more years than I can remember we talked about a trip to see.......

Corolla Wild Horses

Descended from the Spanish Mustangs brought to the Outer Banks by early explorers, the Corolla Wild Horses have roamed across the Currituck Outer Banks for approximately 400 years. These horses are such a significant cultural and historic resource to our area that the Spanish Mustang was designated as the official state horse of North Carolina in 2010.
These wild horses roam freely in Corolla and are most commonly found in the four-wheel-drive areas of the beach. It is illegal to intentionally come within 50 feet of the horses, so that means no petting or feeding, but they can be appreciated from a distance on one of our wild horse tours. We have several tour companies that can get you within picture-taking distance while also giving you a great history lesson about the horses and the area itself.

My peeps road in a Humvee owned by Wild Horse Adventure Tours. 
 They road about 8 miles down a paved road
 all of a sudden they were on the beach riding on the sand
and for sure you needed to fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride.

There is no stopping allowed on the beach for about a mile and a half...
once there you go behind the dunes sand paths and to find the surprise of your life..
the most gorgeous, healthy wild horses.


When the Spanish approached the NC coast 400 years ago they let the horses off the ships into shallow water.  The Spanish followed them in boats.  Once on land they found the local
natives to be unfriendly.  The Spanish got back in their boats quickly.  Horses do not get back on ships out of water so they left them on the island to survive on their own 
AND THEY DID.  They adjusted to vegetation there and found fresh water in different parts of the island where they live today.
 As you can see they are gorgeous and healthy and thriving

 The picture below is of one if the stallions...the locals call the Egret a cattle egret.
These egrets and the wild horses live quite happily together.  The horses
attract insects...the egrets follow the horses around eating the insects.




This beautiful horse walked on the right side of the humvee where Mom was sitting.
Mom said it looked up at her with the most gorgeous brown eyes!!
All of the houses on the island are built up on pilings to allow for water to run under during storms. They all have carports not garages like the house below. Several years ago the resident awoke to find a mare in their carport...she had just given birth.  The name on the house
was Sweet Caroline...so the locals named the baby Caroline.
 There was an egret just out of the photo running quickly to keep up with the handsome black stallion.  


Handsome stallion and one of his lovely ladies


 After looking over all of the applications and photos, I have decided
this handsome fellow is quite suitable to fill in for the old gray mare...MOM....the next time
she takes leave without prior approval
Now this is a PONYTAIL
 
THE END
Mom here:  I know nothing about horses (tame or wild),.  I know they are majestic animals.
After seeing these beautiful creatures, I have learned they are smart and SURVIVORS!!
They know how to look after themselves and adjust.  There are approximately 100 horses in the Corolla herd....we did not see any 'wild' (LOL) they are all very calm.  Meandering along
about their business pretty much ignoring the humvee and the cameras..  Best time to see them is early morning.  We were there around 9 am.
I am fascinated by all creatures great and small...and to see these
beautiful horses thriving warmed my heart

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Favorite Photos #2

I'm am by no means a photographer 
My Mind's Eye sees such beauty.  I'm fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.
Over the last 8 1/2 years these have all been posted on Madi and Mom Down Home In NC
I thought it would nice to have them in one location.  I'll be posting them once a week
We thank our good buddy Beth over at 
Through my looking glass 
for the idea.


Snowy Egret sighting
Blair Farm Parkway
Morehead City, NC
May 16, 2015


White Ibis Sighting
Blair Farms
Morehead City, NC
May 16, 2015

 First Year White Ibis changing into White Plumage
I feel extremely fortunate to have seen this beautiful creature.




Thursday, March 8, 2018

Favorite photos from over the years #1

I'm am by no means a photographer 
My Mind's Eye sees such beauty.  I'm fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.
Over the last 8 1/2 years these have all been posted on Madi and Mom Down Home In NC
I thought it would nice to have them in one location.  I'll be posting them once a week
We thank our good buddy Beth over at 
for the idea.

Heron practicing yoga on one leg
Taken in 2011 at Lake Raleigh
Centennial Campus
N. C. State University

This is straight out of the camera just cropped it for a closer view.  We watched it until it took off
across the lake


Favorite photos.....from the past #7

My Mind's Eye sees such beauty and I'm fortunate to be in the right place at the right time. Over the last 8 1/2 years these ha...