Monday, January 02, 2017

New Year's Day Sunrise 2017

Indian River Park©

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. 

Mission accomplished! 

Friday, November 04, 2016

Central Park, NYC

central park autumn

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!

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Autumn on Fire Island

Watch Hill Walk

Fire Island is beautiful in the fall. 
The colors do change and walking on the trails in cooler weather is ideal! 
Check the ferry schedule and visit our beautiful Fire Island!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Florida Sunshine

Okeechobee, Florida

Fall has arrived, but it's still summer weather in Florida.
Hot, humid, with a beautiful blue sky and white fluffy clouds.
It's not Long Island, but I love the warmer weather!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Watch Hill, Fire Island

Watch Hill Panorama

The Watch Hill, Fire Island National Seashore. 
Just take the ferry from Patchogue. Free Parking!

If you haven't come here this summer, it's time to fit it in your schedule before the school days arrive.
There are walking trails, the beach, and the marina to explore. 
Spend the day and see what Long Island has to offer right in our own backyard!

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Fire Island and the Deer

Deer in the Dunes

Too many deer on Fire Island, they say. I saw family of deer everyday this past month.
They roamed through the towns and dunes. Some people are seen feeding them!
They were covered with ticks!
Don't feed the deer!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Missing My NYC

CRR of NJ sail

As I go through older photos, I realize how much I love my New York City.
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, the Bushwick section of Brooklyn actually, and Manhattan was just a few train stops away. The elevated train-ride took me through the Williamsburg section, over the Williamsburg Bridge and then into the tunnel to lower Manhattan.
Seeing recent pictures of the area, I realize how much it has changed!
And... I probably couldn't afford to live there now!

Anyway, a trip into "the city" was a regular event for me and my siblings, and I miss it!
When I got married, I moved to Queens, but still worked in Bushwick.
I actually taught in the school where I grew up and the same school where my parents were students in the early 1900s. It was a very old building!

When I moved to Long Island in 1979, trips into Manhattan became less frequent of course, but living within traveling distance kept it close to my heart.
There was always a reason to jump on the LIRR and head west.
My life has experienced many changes but you know what they say,
"You can take the girl out of Brooklyn, but..."
I will visit family and friends, occasionally, now that I live in Florida, but as I reach my old age, those visits will end, I'm sure.
I'm glad I took the pictures I did to help bring me back to my wonderful memories! 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Watch Hill, Fire Island

Fire Island Marsh

Going through some older photos, this is one from 2010. 
Watch Hill on Fire Island with its boardwalk walking trails through the natural vegetation,
this is the native plants and vegetation of a barrier beach.
I miss this part of my Long Island life, but know that I can visit anytime.
That makes me smile!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Long Island Woman in Florida!

two dolphin

You know I love Long Island, but it was time to move to warmer climates. Each winter I've spent more time in the Florida sunshine and enjoyed it. It began as an exploratory road trip one February. Then my husband and I rented a condo on Florida's east coast for a full month. We loved the warmth and active lifestyle that was available to us. Each year our stay has been extended, first to two months, then three.

So, this year we made the big move! We sold our Long Island home and became full time residents of Florida. Never thought we would do it. When I was in my 30s and 40s, I thought Florida was for old people. Well, now that I'm in my 60s, I understand why. There are certain things that you can only see when you reach a certain age.

So, I'll always be a Long Island Woman, but now I'm writing from Florida. I will visit in the summers, and get my Fire Island beach "fix" each year, and visit family and friends, but Florida is now my home.

Thank you for visiting and letting me share my photos!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Rainy days on Long Island

umbrella in Quito

When was the last time we had rain like this?
I can't even remember, but my trees are happy!
The dry summer had some of the trees looking wilted and brown.
I hope this perks them up and prepares them for the winter ahead.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

An Early Summer Walk

bird in the marshjpg
Bird in the Marsh Grass

summer wildflower
Summer Wildflower

Cool morning, summer walks are my way of connecting with nature.
You never know what you will find!