06 Mar Exmoor Ponies on Traprain Law
Source: Maclean Photographic
Today we decided to take a hike up to the top of Traprain Law near East Linton to take in the views across East Lothian.
Traprain is a significant area of natural grassland amidst an industrialised agricultural landscape. In consequence it contains specimens of wild flowers that would have once been more widespread across the area, but are no longer widespread today.
The Law is also an important geological feature, the upstanding basalt having been exposed into its current form during the last ice age, when softer sediments around it would have been eroded away.
The shape of the hill provided our ancestors with a significant vantage point and it is little wonder that the hill was settled during the Bronze and Iron Ages, being the central point for the local Votadini tribe.
The herd of Exmoor Ponies are easy to spot on Traprain Law and are quite used to people. The ponies will come up to people but visitors are asked not to feed them as these animals are there for a very useful purpose. Without grazing animals the quality of the grassland can deteriorate and the ponies are part of a conservation scheme to assist the growing of wild flowers on Traprain Law.
The ponies were gathered near the top of the Law when we arrived and they moved slowly across towards us as we took in the views. The images were all taken on the Fujifilm X-T2 and XF50-140mm f2.8 or 16-55mm f2.8 lenses.
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