Monthly Archives: August 2010

Dawn at Long Branch

I got up early this morning to be out at Historic Long Branch by 6am. It was dark for most of the drive but I was expecting a sunrise similar to the lovely one I watched yesterday from my window at work. To my chagrin it was very foggy in Millwood and as time passed I worried that the sunrise was going to be completely overcast.

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It stayed misty but fortunately cleared enough for the sun to break through.

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Long Branch is an historic mansion built in 1805 and some eighty horses live on the grounds in a beautiful environment.

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This morning, the horses were very stirred up and curious about activity in the neighborhood. The very fat bay on the left is mine.

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It turned out that today was the first day of cubbing for Blue Ridge Hunt and they were hunting all around Long Branch.

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The hounds picked up scent and I think they may have put a fox to ground. I left my car in the middle of the road to grab some shots as the hounds ran by.

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The weather service is predicting temperatures in the 90s next week but if foxhunting has begun, I guess it’s officially autumn!

Posted in Foxhunting, Horses at Liberty