Photographing the Wild Horses of Langeland

After an absence of two weeks, we are back. What happened? Illness? Laziness? A trip? Stopping with the website?

None of the above.

Lars and I just took some time to think about the blog. Somehow, we weren’t entirely happy with it. After studying our site in detail, we found out why. It wasn’t the content, it was the way we organized the content. And we introduced – and are going to introduce – a couple of changes:

  • we created some order in the Our Destinations page. Have a look!
  • no more two posts a day, mainly due to a lack of time and energy. From now on, we will travel and publish posts at our own pace. And we will have more time to read other blogs. By the way, if you don’t want to miss anything, just subscribe to the website.
  • one destination = one post instead of one destination = several posts. Unless we really have a lot to tell. On the other hand, we will publish pictures on Flickr as well.

And now, back to business! Going to Langeland and not looking for the Wild Horses is like going to a Belgian pub and not drink any beer. I have photographed these magnificent animals 3 or 4 times before and I was very eager to do this again when we were in Langeland in the beginning of May.

The biggest problem is finding them, since they live in an area of 100ha. What we usually do is to drive on the main road between Rudkøbing and Bagenkop.

About 5 kilometers from Bagenkop, you will see signs saying Wild Horses. Just follow them and you will end up at one of the major viewpoints. You will see this beautiful landscape:

Lars and I saw people standing on a high hill, pointing in one direction. We decided to go there as well, but the only thing we saw were the horses far, far away from us.

By the way, on the other side of the main road, you’ll find one of the most beautiful beaches of Langeland, in Ristinge:

Anyway, I wanted to see more of the Wild Horses. We continued our drive on the main road to Bagenkop and as soon as we arrived in the center of this small town, we saw other road signs, but this time to the right. You don’t have to drive far to find the next viewpoint, which is located on a steep hill.

And at the foot of this hill, we saw this:

Lars stayed in the car, while I climbed the hill. And I was not disappointed!

I stayed there for at least 15 minutes and then went slowly back to the car. Or at least, I tried. The hill is so steep that I slid slowly down and right at that moment, 2 stallions started to fight. While I tried to take pictures of this event, I lost my balance. The quality of the photographs is therefore not the best:

Another interesting place Lars and I found was the Tobaksladen (Tobacco Drying Shed) in Tranekaer which illustrates the growing of tobacco in Denmark during World War II. There is a beautiful forest right next to it.

And we stumbled upon an ancient burial site as well:

8 Comments

  • Isobel July 3, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Hi Ingrid, I am glad to have been able to click a like, and now leave a comment. Since you set up your new space i have had problems connecting with you. I must admit I gave up, but just now tried again, and, at last, success!

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    • Ingrid D. July 8, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Welcome back, Isobel! Thanks for not giving up!

      Reply
      • Isobel July 9, 2014 at 8:42 am

        There is a problem linking to your site still.

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        • Ingrid D. July 9, 2014 at 9:07 am

          Could you tell me exactly what problem you have?

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  • Cindi July 9, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I’ve seen the wild horses on Assateague Island, Maryland USA but haven’t gotten to them on *this* side of the pond and am not sure I will, so I really enjoyed seeing them through your lens and eyes!

    I also like your new look and layout. Very easy to navigate!

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    • Cindi July 9, 2014 at 11:58 am

      (Forgot to mention that my favorite of your images are the ones of the stallions fighting. What a marvelous moment for you to be there and capture …. and your description of your sliding going on at the same time enhances the images!)

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      • Ingrid D. August 4, 2014 at 6:06 pm

        According to Lars, I looked quite spectacular 🙂

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    • Ingrid D. August 4, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks, Cindi!

      Reply

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