Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sable Island

I was totally taken with this image on the cover of “The Modern Estate” magazine in the winter of 08. I was completely captivated by the dramatic effect of this enormous photo as the focal point of a NYC apartment.

Every body knows about the wild horses of Chincoteague thanks to the children’s book “Misty of Chincoteague”, but until I saw this article, I had never heard of the wild horses of Sable Island. Robert Dutesco’s hauntingly beautiful photographs of the wild horses made me want to know more about the horses and about the island itself.

The background and history of the island as described by Richard Friswell in the article is fascinating. Sable Island is a crescent shaped spit of sand 125 miles off the coast of Nova Scotia. It is essentially uninhabited except for the 300 to 400 wild horses. Access to the island is restricted and very limited. It must be a sublime place to visit, so remote, and wild and beautiful. Sable Island is definitely going on my bucket list.

The wildness of horses mirrors that of the wild and stormy landscape.

photos by Robert Dutesco

These are satelite views of the island.  It's hard to imagine why this sandbar/island exists 125 miles off the coast of rocky Nova Scotia, seemingly out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

As seen from above.  It looks so beautiful.

Being a map lover, I had to include this.

For more information see the article in The Modern Estate


  1. These photos are amazing.. love it blown up in that office environment...That's some photographer to get such amazing photos. I'll have to hook you up on my blog!! I think of you so much and your visionary talents..blessings..Jennifer

  2. My daughter read the 'Misty' books as a child. She thought the stories were set on Sable Island. It took me most of the evening to find 'Misty of Chincoteague'. I hope to buy the series for my granddaughter.