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Scenes from Chincoteague and Assateague

The following photos were taken in and around the Virginia island community of Chincoteague and the Maryland-Virginia Atlantic barrier island of Assateague, a Federal wildlife refuge especially known for the herds of small wild horses --"ponies" to Chincoteague residents-- which have lived there for about 300 years.

Assateague Island also plays host to various migratory birds throughout the year, especially flocks of Snow Geese from the Arctic Circle which arrive in late Fall and leave in the early Spring.

Both islands offer some of the most beautiful views of wetlands, bays, and Atlantic Ocean along the Mid-Atlantic shoreline.

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[NOVEMBER 2005] A view of the wetlands from the north side of Chincoteague
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[NOVEMBER 2005] A view of the wetlands from the north side of Chincoteague

[NOVEMBER 2005] A view of the wetlands from the north side of Chincoteague
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[NOVEMBER 2005] A view of the wetlands from the north side of Chincoteague

[NOVEMBER 2005] A view of the wetlands from the north side of Chincoteague
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[NOVEMBER 2005] A view of the wetlands from the north side of Chincoteague

[NOVEMBER 2005] A fishing pier along the western shore of Chincoteague faces Chincoteague Bay and Wallops Island.
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[NOVEMBER 2005] A fishing pier along the western shore of Chincoteague faces Chincoteague Bay and Wallops Island.

[NOVEMBER 2005] A lone tree sits on a tiny barrier island along Chincoteague's western shore.
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[NOVEMBER 2005] A lone tree sits on a tiny barrier island along Chincoteague's western shore.

[NOVEMBER 2005] The Assateague Lighthouse
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[NOVEMBER 2005] The Assateague Lighthouse

[APRIL 2007] A view of the lighthouse behind the trees, just before dusk.
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[APRIL 2007] A view of the lighthouse behind the trees, just before dusk.

[NOVEMBER 2005] A panoramic view of eastern Chincoteague and western Assateague (the white bridge on the far left connects the two islands), from atop the Assateague Lighthouse. [To see a larger, more detailed panorama, click on original on the image's page and scroll left-and-right.]
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[NOVEMBER 2005] A panoramic view of eastern Chincoteague and western Assateague (the white bridge on the far left connects the two islands), from atop the Assateague Lighthouse.

[To see a larger, more detailed panorama, click on "original" on the image's page and scroll left-and-right.]

[NOVEMBER 2005] A young Great Blue Heron searches for food at one of Assateague Island's several large freshwater ponds.
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[NOVEMBER 2005] A young Great Blue Heron searches for food at one of Assateague Island's several large freshwater ponds.

[NOVEMBER 2005] An adult Great Blue Heron stands on the shore of an Assateague freshwater pond.
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[NOVEMBER 2005] An adult Great Blue Heron stands on the shore of an Assateague freshwater pond.

[APRIL 2007] An adult white egret enjoys an April sunset in an Assateague creek
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[APRIL 2007] An adult white egret enjoys an April sunset in an Assateague creek

[NOVEMBER 2005] Assateague Island's indigenous wild horses graze in the Island's fields at dusk.
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[NOVEMBER 2005] Assateague Island's indigenous wild horses graze in the Island's fields at dusk.

[APRIL 2007] A Chincoteague Fire Dept. saltwater cowboy prepares to move Assateague wild ponies to a safer area before the arrival of a severe Nor'easter.
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[APRIL 2007] A Chincoteague Fire Dept. "saltwater cowboy" prepares to move Assateague wild ponies to a safer area before the arrival of a severe Nor'easter.

[APRIL 2007] An Assateague wild pony at dusk.
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[APRIL 2007] An Assateague wild pony at dusk.

[APRIL 2007] Assateague Island wild horses huddle together as the Chincoteague saltwater cowboys prepare to herd them to safety before the arrival of an approaching Spring storm.
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[APRIL 2007] Assateague Island wild horses huddle together as the Chincoteague "saltwater cowboys" prepare to herd them to safety before the arrival of an approaching Spring storm.

[APRIL 2007] An Assateague wild horse.
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[APRIL 2007] An Assateague wild horse.

[APRIL 2007] Wild horses at Assateague Island
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[APRIL 2007] Wild horses at Assateague Island

[APRIL 2007] Wild horses at Assateague Island
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[APRIL 2007] Wild horses at Assateague Island

[APRIL 2007] A new foal and its mother enjoy a meal of salt march grass on Assateague Island
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[APRIL 2007] A new foal and its mother enjoy a meal of salt march grass on Assateague Island

[APRIL 2007] A newly born Assateague foal.
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[APRIL 2007] A newly born Assateague foal.

[APRIL 2007] An assateague foal and its mother.
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[APRIL 2007] An assateague foal and its mother.

[APRIL 2007] One of the first Spring-time Assateague Island foals: This one is probably only a few days old.
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[APRIL 2007] One of the first Spring-time Assateague Island foals: This one is probably only a few days old.

[APRIL 2007] One of the Chincoteague saltwater cowboys moves into position to move the herd of Assateague wild ponies before the storm arrives.
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[APRIL 2007] One of the Chincoteague "saltwater cowboys" moves into position to move the herd of Assateague wild ponies before the storm arrives.

[APRIL 2007] As the herd begins its run to a safer location, the new foal tries to keep up.
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[APRIL 2007] As the herd begins its run to a safer location, the new foal tries to keep up.

[APRIL 2007] A young saltwater cowboy carries the new foal after it was unable to keep up with the rest of the herd.
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[APRIL 2007] A young "saltwater cowboy" carries the new foal after it was unable to keep up with the rest of the herd.

(NOV-2006) A parasail surfer races along Tom's Cove at Assateague Island.
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(NOV-2006) A parasail surfer races along Tom's Cove at Assateague Island.

(NOV-2006) A parasail surfer races on one of the back bays of Assateague Island.
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(NOV-2006) A parasail surfer races on one of the back bays of Assateague Island.

[APRIL 2007] Dusk on Assateague Island
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[APRIL 2007] Dusk on Assateague Island

[NOVEMBER 2005] As the sun begins to set, flocks of Arctic Snow Geese feed in Snow Goose Pool on Assateague Island.
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[NOVEMBER 2005] As the sun begins to set, flocks of Arctic Snow Geese feed in Snow Goose Pool on Assateague Island.

[NOVEMBER 2005] Flocks of Snow Geese begin a mass lift-off from Snow Goose Pool as the sun sets.
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[NOVEMBER 2005] Flocks of Snow Geese begin a mass lift-off from Snow Goose Pool as the sun sets.

[NOVEMBER 2005] The entire population of Snow Geese settled at Snow Goose Pool lift off into the sky as the sun goes down.
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[NOVEMBER 2005] The entire population of Snow Geese settled at Snow Goose Pool lift off into the sky as the sun goes down.

Snow Geese leave Snow Goose Pool for another part of Assateague Island.
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Snow Geese leave Snow Goose Pool for another part of Assateague Island.

(NOV-2006) A large flock of Snow Geese lifts off from Snow Goose Pool after sunset.
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(NOV-2006) A large flock of Snow Geese lifts off from Snow Goose Pool after sunset.

(NOV-2006) Snow Geese rest and feed at Snow Goose Pool.
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(NOV-2006) Snow Geese rest and feed at Snow Goose Pool.

(NOV-2006) A Sika doe finds food among the Snow Geese at Snow Goose Pool.
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(NOV-2006) A Sika doe finds food among the Snow Geese at Snow Goose Pool.

(NOV-2006) A Sika buck runs across Snow Goose Pool towards a Sika doe on the other side as the sun begins to set on Assateague Island.
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(NOV-2006) A Sika buck runs across Snow Goose Pool towards a Sika doe on the other side as the sun begins to set on Assateague Island.

(NOV-2006) An early November sunset lights up the clouds over Assateague Island.
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(NOV-2006) An early November sunset lights up the clouds over Assateague Island.

[NOVEMBER 2005] Sunset on Assateague Island in early November 2005.
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[NOVEMBER 2005] Sunset on Assateague Island in early November 2005.

(NOV-2006) After sunset, Snow Geese fly over the island as the USCG Assateague Island Lighthouse begins operation behind the trees.
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(NOV-2006) After sunset, Snow Geese fly over the island as the USCG Assateague Island Lighthouse begins operation behind the trees.

(NOV-2006) Sika deer forage for food at Snow Goose Pool as nightfall begins.
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(NOV-2006) Sika deer forage for food at Snow Goose Pool as nightfall begins.