National Geographic : 1965 Sep
introduced from the mainland... after the capture of the native stallions. The half breeds since produced are so much larger and stronger than the original ponies that they can be used for the work of the stations." Wild Rides, Soft Landings Mr. Harrington and his assistants arrived a few minutes later on the island's only "bus" -a lumbering tractor and trailer. "Welcome to Sable Island," Mr. Harrington said, smiling through his luxuriant sable colored beard. His assistants hopped aboard ponies bareback for a rollicking romp. Wild ones lurched, bolted, and tossed the riders onto the sand. "Only three ponies on the island are tame enough to ride," a young man told me, "and only one is cart-broke." But nature strikes a balance between the ponies' high spirits and sugar-soft sand. I saw not one rock on the whole island. "I'd like to show you more of the island, our weather station, and the wreck of the Manhasset," Mr. Harrington suggested. As the bus skidded in the loose sand and climbed the dunes, our host commented, "We call this a road." Warm sun bored through the Growing wild on Sable, Aster novi-belgii shows white flowers; the common garden variety of this aster usually blossoms blue. EKTACHROME(BELOW) BY WILLIAM ALBERTALLARD © N.G.S . ACTUALSIZE Splash of red, sweet wild straw berries (Fragariavirginiana) ripen in mid-July. Fernlike yarrow (Achillea lanu losa) might relieve toothaches or melancholy, said early botanists. ONE-EIGHTH ACTUALSIZE Perky Ipswich sparrow nests only on Sable Is land. Though shy on the mainland, the six-inch birds are relatively tame on this lonely isle, to which they fly each summer to breed. In sheltered hollows they weave nests of grass on the sand. pAINTI - B V WBAITFR WFBRR NATI NAI CO APIC CTAEF APT l T NS .