- Posted November 24, 2011 by
Peapack and Gladstone, New Jersey
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Thanksgiving Fox Hunt
- jmsaba, CNN iReport producer
Every Thanksgiving morning, the Somerset Hills of New Jersey echo with the sounds of barking hounds. The Essex Hunt Club in Peapack-Gladstone celebrates a ritual of autumn with a spectacle that Jacqueline Onassis enjoyed during her horse back riding days. The chase originates at a country estate then disappears down narrow gravel roads, reemerging briefly in meadows and forest woodlands.
My name is Chase Guttman and I am a fifteen year old, award-winning photographer (http://chaseguttman.com/portfolio).
I live just mere blocks from the start of the Thanksgiving Day Parade, but I wanted to celebrate the holiday in a beautiful rural setting that represents the spirit of Thanksgiving. To get these images, my dad and I staked out positions to catch the approaching pack of hounds and riders that were traveling from a distant meadow. Just as the faint yelping intensified I was able to catch these images of the oncoming hunt. As a red jacketed horseback rider sounded his bugle, the group of hounds and riders raced across meadows and fields in search of their prey. Although a fox isn't actually harmed, the scent of their urine sparks a lively pursuit across the beautiful woodlands and estates of the region. It was exhilarating to witness such a colorful and action-filled spectacle.
To view my images from past fox hunts you can visit my blog- http://www.phototipworld.com/2010/11/thanksgiving-ritual-fox-hunting.html