National Geographic : 1965 Sep
England in 1738, or from an even earlier herd that survived the wreck of a Spanish vessel off Sable. Whatever the family tree, ponies have flourished here since the 18th century, living for more than 40 generations in herds of six and eight on local grasses. And many shipwrecked sailors were thankful for "horse venison," as they called their survival diet. Grampy's journal of 1898 had this to say: "These ponies are not small like Shetland ponies, but pretty nearly of ordinary size for horses." He explained: "The original ponies were not strong enough to haul the life-boats over the beach. Stud-horses, however, were KODACHROMtE5(ABUVt ANU iOny o mc vicLLLC oCLL VV , 3nn . . Ready for launching, the weather balloon will carry aloft a radio transmitter to send back infor mation on wind, temperature, barometric pressure, and humidity. This lonely outpost provides weath er data for ships and airplanes plying ocean and air lanes between North America and Europe. Joe Drebnicki releases the balloon upwind from Bob Hoogerburg. When the six-foot sphere floats direct ly overhead, Bob lets go of the transmitter. Regal blue flag (Iris versicolor) flourishes in the protected dunes near Sable Island's Lake Wallace. EKTACHROME(RIGHT) AND KODACI 418 Fragrant grass pink orchids (Calo pogon pulchellus), above, and beach pea (Lathyrus japonicus) spice the sands with color.