Friday, August 29, 2014

Last summer picnic

beach picnic

I'm always amazed at how quickly the summer passes.
Labor Day already and I haven't been out to the beach nearly enough. I love to pack a picnic lunch, or dinner, and head over to Fire Island. For me, it's one of the highlights of living on Long Island.

Being retired extends the summer. I can still head over to Fire Island after everyone heads back to work and school, but, there is always a little melancholy feeling that creeps in, unexpectedly. 
It's the end of something: the warm days, sun and sand, and the feeling of freedom. It must be a residual feeling, left over from my days as a student and then eventually a teacher.
September always was back to school and then back to work, and the end of carefree summer days.
I know this feeling will pass. After all, retirement extends my summer into fall.
I'm very fortunate and I appreciate all I have.  

Sunday, August 24, 2014

End of Summer Flowers

Sunflower Rows

This is the time of year for sunflowers, and there is always a sad feeling knowing that summer is coming to an end.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fishing off Orient Point

Jenna Lynn II

The Jenna Lynn II, out of Connecticut, is fishing off the shores of Long Island.
We took a sailing adventure to Block Island and saw this on our return.
The gulls racing over us in the sky were the first clue that something was happening ahead. 
We soon saw the Jenna Lynn II!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Fire Island, My Celebration

I recently had the opportunity to spend two weeks at Davis Park, Fire Island.
This was a gift to myself, and from my husband of course, for my birthday.
I've always loved the beach, always, as long as I could remember. 

My parents took the family to Jones Beach when my siblings and I were just babies.
We went to Zach's Bay in the early morning, and then years later as we children got older, we would walk to the ocean side. We didn't leave the beach until it was almost dark. 

You see, my father had the store in Brooklyn and Sundays were our family beach day, from June through September. I guess my parents loved the beach too. So, what better way to spend my "big" birthday year? Two weeks on the beach, waking to sunrise on the ocean, walking along the beach looking for interesting shells or stones, falling asleep to the sound of waves... this was my idea of a celebration of life!

Here are just a few images from the two weeks....

Beach fisheye

Fire Island Buck

Cloudy Sunset

Foxglove on Fire Island

Deer on the beach at Davis Park, Fire Island

Monday, June 30, 2014

William loves the beach!

William in the sand

You either love sand or you hate it. 
William is one of the lovers, rolling in it and mushing it on his head!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Monday, June 09, 2014

Ocean Buoy off Brooklyn

buoy 10 bklyn


One of the many ocean buoys along Long Island heading west; this one is off Brooklyn. 
This was shot before "hurricane" Sandy so this view is very different today. 
The area was flooded and many homes were washed away. 

Thursday, June 05, 2014

D-Day, June 6th 1944

vic cortner 

 Do not forget the invasion of Normandy, 1944. 
The men who were there, lived with that traumatic experience their entire lives. 
They are now in their 90s, if they have not yet died of old age, but the memories of June 6th are burned in their hearts and minds and will never be forgotten.
For more information and facts about the day, read this: Click here!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Ruth

We had the chance this month to spend some time with my mother-in-law Ruth. 
She is 92 years old and still relatively healthy and mobile. 
She has lost much weight in the last few months which may be a sign that something is not right. Vital organs are slowing up and/or breaking down, so this visit was even more special.


Growing up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a nearby "vacation" spot was Atlantic City.
Here she is as a young woman,  second on the left, with her sister on her left and two friends, walking the boardwalk. 
There have been many good years in Ruth's life and there is always a reason to celebrate life.


Here she is reading to one of the youngest Great-grandchildren, William, 3 years old.

How fortunate for them both!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

Haloween Pennant Butterfly

Great weather today in Florida and Long Island as well, I hear. Took a long walk through the undeveloped parkland and found this guy. Unusual coloring I thought, so I couldn't pass him up!
With these black and orange colors, he's the Halloween Pennant Dragonfly!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ospreys return to Long Island

Osprey Resting

It's that time of year again. The osprey are returning to their spring/summer homes.
True "snow birds" they take the best of both climates. This has become my life now. Like the birds, I leave the northeast for a warmer climate. After this winter's cold weather and snow and ice, I'm sure you will understand. Why not get away if you can? As a retired person, there is no reason to stay. 
I know some people do enjoy the cold and snow. I understand that too. 

I never thought I would be the person to leave New York for Florida in winter. After making the journey a few winters now, I can honestly say, that I love it! The temperatures are in the 60s and 70s, sometimes higher, and the sun shines most days. I'm ready to return to Long Island. I miss it, but it's just in time to see the osprey nests and daffodils!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Caribbean Splash

Caribbean Splash by Alida's Photos
Caribbean Splash, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Thinking of spring.... and Long Island's beautiful beaches.
This photo is NOT of Fire Island. We are so fortunate that we do not have rocks or coral along our Fire Island beaches.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

March Sunset

sunset over island by Alida's Photos
sunset over island, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Why do the sunsets in March seem so vibrant? Less haze? Probably, and what a sight to enjoy!