We took a short day trip today to Assateague Island. We had intended on driving to another location for a nature walk, but this showed up in our GPS as a nearby attraction so we turned the car around and changed our plans – and I’m so glad we did! Assateague was wonderful. We explored the island a little bit, had a picnic lunch, and came very close to many of the wild ponies.
I feel I need to explain my rationale for choosing this particular photo as my primary blog image for today since it’s not exactly something normally worth documenting. I took this photo because I was fascinated by the contrast of nature and the impact of man on nature. The wild horses on the island were here long before cars were around, so it’s not uncommon to see piles of manure scattered everywhere regardless of location or proximity to more modern amenities such as parking lots. The carnations placed on top of the pile seemed so strange and out of place. I don’t really consider carnations to be a flower that grows in the wild, and they are often dyed various bright and unnatural colors, so seeing them perched on top of a pile of manure that, itself, was partially blocking the handicapped parking space, was something that needed to be photographed.
We will most certainly be back here.