Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Grazing - Wild horses on the Georgia Coast

Grazing, 6 x 8, oil on panel, L. Daniel © 2017
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My last post was all about Cumberland Island and the ruins of an old mansion there. (To see and read about that, click HERE.) What I didn't tell you is that the island has a band of wild horses that freely roams its forests, beaches, and dunes. It's always a treat to catch a glimpse of them during a visit there, and this time they sauntered in and posed! This horse must have found something pretty tasty in this grass because he stayed around long enough for me to finish this little sketch! 

Side note: The band of horses is probably left over from when the English started settling the island in the early 1800's; although some popular myths date them back to the Spanish Conquistadors and the 1600's. Though once domesticated, they are are now thoroughly wild and it's smart to keep a healthy distance. Seeing them is another great reminder of the island's colorful and romantic past. 


Sharon L. Graves said...

How fun that must have been! Had no idea about the wild horses there. I always think of them being in the west.

Gayle said...

Your blog brought back some pleasant memories of a trip I'd made way back in early 90's to the islands of St. Pierre Miquelon, actually a colony of France off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. On one of the islands roamed wild horses, and it was such a thrill to see them from a distance galloping along the narrow strip of sand dunes. How well you captured that horse in your painting today and I want to thank you for the memories it brought. I was feeling rather blue this morning, so this was a nice picker-upper! Thank you.

Laurel Daniel said...

Thank you, Sharon and Gayle! Wild horses really do bring a sense of thrill and mystery. And Gayle, I am so glad that this painting served as a picker-upper!!! That makes me really happy. :)