Ferries to Watch Hill, the National Seashore, leave from Patchogue.
Tuesday, July 02, 2019
Saturday, January 05, 2019
My annual tradition, of viewing and recording the new year sunrise, continues.
Starting in the year 2000, I began taking a photo of every New Year's Day sunrise.
Remember the Y2K panic, when we thought nothing would be the same if the computers couldn't figure out the new numbers?
Sounds so ridiculous now, but it was discussed as a real threat back in 1999.
It seems like yesterday, but that was 19 years ago!
...before smart phones, and Facebook, and well, you get the idea.
So I woke up and went down to the water, surprised to see so many other people, and I took a photo.
I had one of the first digital cameras, a point & shoot, where you saved the photo on a floppy disc in the camera and it was less than 1mp in size.
I thought it was really neat that so many people were down on the beach, watching the sunrise of the first day of a new year, and decided I would do it every year.
Now, I have friends who wait for my photo. I can't disappoint them or myself.
So, here is the sunrise January 1, 2019.
I'm still alive, the world didn't end, and the sunrise is as beautiful as ever.
I'm very fortunate, I know, and will appreciate the new year as long as I can.
Happy New Year!
Sunday, December 09, 2018
Always an adventure!
One bucket list item is checked off... a ride in a bi-lane.
To think that these planes were used in war time, is just amazing.
We flew over the NASA landing field and over cruise ships at the pier.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
The one issue of living in Florida is the August/September humidity and heat.
We've solved the problem. Leave!
This year we traveled to France in September to get away.
September is a good month to go because the summer European crowds are lessened.
The weather is pleasant in September, although still warm.
We traveled to the Brittany Coast with side trips to Normandy and Omaha Beach, and many small towns along the way. We ate oysters in Canales, which are considered one of the best!
There were many small adventures, so check out my Flickr site for more photos!
This is an excellent way to avoid the Florida humidity, and see the world!
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Limestone cliffs along the Seine
Our latest travels took us to France.
Beautiful countryside along the Seine River, Paris, Normandy, and the Brittany coast were our destinations.
More photos will follow.
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Missing Fire Island, as the summer approaches.
This is the time to secure your summer rental. Wait another few weeks and it will be too late!
I won't be renting at Davis Park this year. It's getting more and more expensive, and for good reason.
So, for this year, it's time for me and my husband to look elsewhere for some summer adventures.
We are planning to travel to other parts of our beautiful country.
Perhaps in a year or two we will return to a summer on Fire Island.
No year is the same, nor do we want it to be.
Long Island, and Fire Island especially, will always be in my heart, so I know I will return.
It's all good!
Saturday, April 14, 2018
I love being out on the water!
Boating is something I did when I lived on Long Island and it's what I do here in Florida.
The only difference is that I can now do this all year round.
The photo above was taken on a sunset sail in Key West, Florida.
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Winters in Florida are wonderful, all because of the weather.
The photo above was taken at sunrise in January.
On this morning, I needed nothing more than a light sweatshirt to keep me warm.
Watching the sun rise anywhere is special, but it's so much more pleasant without freezing hands and cold feet.
My heart will always be in New York, especially Long Island, but it's nice to get away from the snow, ice and freezing cold.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Monday, December 25, 2017
Sunday, November 05, 2017
Friday, October 06, 2017
First week in October on Lake Wallenpaupack in Pennsylvania.
We were hoping for more vibrant autumn colors, but the trees were just beginning to prepare for the winter.
Cool, early morning walks were very much appreciated especially when the lake produced a misty wonderland!
Saturday, June 03, 2017
My husband and I recently spent some time in Europe, traveling and exploring,
...and of course, taking photos!
Check out my Flickr.com photos for a quick look at the places we've seen in the last few weeks.
Click on the photo above!
Friday, April 14, 2017
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Monday, January 02, 2017
Happy New Year!
Since the year 2000 I have taken a photo of the sunrise welcoming the new year.
This year was no different.
Some years were more difficult than others.
It all depended on how late I went to sleep on the Eve.
Some years, on Long Island or in Pennsylvania, it was extremely cold, so a sunrise image was not exactly what I wanted to do- but, I did it anyway.
I have friends who wait for the photo to be posted. Family will ask, "Are you setting the alarm?"
I can't let them down, but most of all, I can't let myself down.
Living in Florida makes it a little easier. No freezing temperatures to endure. Just throw on some shorts and sandals, a light shirt, and maybe a light jacket and I'm out the door.
I must admit, sunrise in January is not really happening very early for me, but I must be there and ready long before the sun actually rises.
The light just before sunrise can be even more important, and spectacular!
So this year I woke up at 5AM with just four hours of sleep, had only one cup of coffee, grabbed my camera gear and ventured out to the park near a body of water.
Watching the sun rise, in solitude, with birds flying over the water, song birds chirping, watching the fish jump and herons hunting for their breakfast, is the real reason I do this.
It's the promise of a new day, new year, and I feel blessed!
How spiritually wonderful it feels to be part of nature and be able to witness the dawning of a another year.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Friday, November 04, 2016
Central Park in Autumn
I do miss my visits to Central Park and New York City.
About once a month or every other month, my husband and I would make the trek into "the city"
- as Long Islanders called it.
Either we would drive on a weekend, or take the Long Island Railroad.
We'd see a play, often Roundabout regulars, or we'd meet some photography buddies to spend the day taking pictures.
I've always felt very fortunate to be able to do that, and never took it for granted, but my roots began long before my Long Island days.
Growing up in Brooklyn, my friends and I would take the elevated train into the city.
Even as a young teenager, and then young adult, we would hop on the train, which came just about every five mintues, and within 20 minutes, we were in the city!
How fortunate is that?
That part of Brooklyn, the Bushwick section, went into decline in the 1970s through the early 2000s.
In the last 15 years or so, the neighborhood has been rebuilding.
It's proximity to NYC has made it a very desireable area now. Apartment buildings that couldn't be given away, are now bringing in high prices and the rents are exorbitant.
Where else can you live in New York and be in the city in minutes?
Yes, I was fortunate indeed!
Now that I'm a Florida resident, I hope I can still visit my New York City.
I love my lifestyle here in Florida, but miss the NYC autumn.
I'm getting older and wonder how many times I will make the "trek" back there since now it will involve plane rides, over-night hotel visits, and a huge expense.
In the meantime, like everything else we lose in our lifetime, I have my memories to make me smile!