My recent trip to Snowdonia rewarded me with a chance encounter with some of the beautiful Carneddau wild ponies. They were fantastically calm animals and observing them in this mountain environment was a real privilege.
Wildlife photography is not something I do often but when I do I find it incredibly challenging and rewarding. My approach is also to be purely an observer and feel no desire for interaction whatsoever. I have since discovered that some people do try and interact with these ponies to get a picture. My concern is that if everyone tried to do this it would cause the ponies a huge amount of unnecessary stress and potentially put them at risk. For me it is important to treat the landscape and wildlife with respect rather than my personal playground.
I managed to mostly stay out of sight and smell of the ponies. They eventually became aware I was there but by keeping still and not trying to get any closer they were totally comfortable and eventually calmly walked away from me without any stress.
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