Sunday, February 22, 2015

Malecón, Havana, Cuba


the Malecón, Havana, Cuba
There is much debate in Florida about the new Cuban travel guidelines.

Friday, January 09, 2015

river of ice

winter ice
January on Long Island...

January in Florida...
Florida boating
Just a visual to help you understand why retirees love the sunshine state!

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Sunrise, January 1st, 2015

Sunrise Jan1 2015

Sunrise on a new year...
I've been taking a new year's sunrise photo since the year 2000.
At that time, we thought the world was in danger. 
Many events have taken place since then, both good and bad.
And each year we begin with the hope and promise that everything will be better.
Wishing you all the good things in life: health, happiness, peace and love!

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Bryan's Bridge, Sayville

Bryan's Bridge

It has taken a long time, but the bridge construction is finally finished.
The photo above is the old bridge. The area was flooding, the road was uneven.
Cement was crumbling and water was eroding the supporting structure.
There was debris under the bridge too, as many kayak and canoe users found out.

After almost two years, the work is done. The bridge was raised, drainage was added.
A new road surface is now in place. It was a big job involving cranes and heavy machinery.
Living in the area, it became inconvenient to drive that way, but it's over and done!
I hope the people who decorated the bridge (Sayville Garden Club?) each December, do so again.

My Friend Abraham

Great Blue Heron

For the last few years, my friend here, the Great Blue Heron has been visiting on a nearby tree.
We've been calling him Abraham for awhile. 
The name just seems to fit his personality: strong, regal, ancient , almost biblical.
He stands here in the cold, waiting perfectly still, until he is ready to dive into the water with the faith that below a fish will be provided for his dinner.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Happy Thanksgiving
Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving...

When did Thanksgiving first become the start of the shopping event of the year?
It was always the holiday to share with family and friends, to give thanks for all we have, and enjoy just being together.
Thanksgiving was the day to share family time, eat some traditional foods, relax together and catch up on conversation. That's how memories are made.
It makes me sad to see that businesses are open, that people are preparing to shop at mid-night, that the stores are forgetting their employees have lives.
Sad, just sad. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

November sunsets on Long Island


The November sky on Long Island, back in 2005 when I first started this blog, I took a similar photo just the other day. Although my photography skills have gotten better and my camera gear more expensive, it still can't compare to the spectacular show produced by Mother Nature.
I'm thankful and humbled by the beauty I see every day!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day

the moose 

This is a scanned photo from my father-in-law's time in the military, England 1943-1944.
Thank you to all who serve! 

Friday, November 07, 2014

Save the date!

The Music of Christmas at Meadow Croft
 Saturday and Sunday, December 6th and 7th, 2014
Noon to 4pm
Admission: $5 for adults and $3 for seniors & children age 4-12.
Not suitable for children under 4 years of age

The Bayport Heritage Association and the Suffolk County Department of Parks invite the public to their annual Christmas at Meadow Croft event.

Meadow Croft is the 1891 estate of John E. Roosevelt and family. The house will be decorated in a Victorian/Edwardian motif with beautiful wreathes, poinsettias and greenery, magnificently reminiscent of a hundred years ago.
Reflecting the theme of “The Music of Christmas” musical selections will be played on the original Roosevelt grand piano filling the house with seasonal music.

·      Upstairs, special exhibits will be on display for public enjoyment.
·      Hot chocolate and cookies will add to the coziness of the occasion.
·      St. Nicholas, the Dutch version of Santa Claus, will be there to look up individual children’s names in his ledger. He’ll check to see who’s been ‘naughty and nice’ in 2014.
·      All decorations will be raffled off.

For more information, please contact:
Gene Horton, 631-363-6487 or email:

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rainy Days Ahead

umbrella in Quito

I really don't mind the rainy days. 
We've had beautiful weather this summer on Long Island. For me it wasn't quite as hot as it has been in the past, which is just fine.

Rainy days give me the chance to catch up on house chores. 
There is always something to do at home on a rainy day:
straighten up kitchen cabinets, organize closets, clean out the refrigerator, fix a loose door hinge, file papers... the list is endless! 
For dinner I can make a homemade soup and afterwards "binge watch" some old TV series.
That's my idea of a rainy day!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Autumn Love

tree leaves red

Love, love, love the colors of autumn!
The reds, oranges, browns, and golds just blend so beautifully. 
The days are cool but the colors are warm.
This is Autumn Love!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Perfect time of year

Changing Birch

Perfect time of year, with the changing colors and cooler days and nights, I feel so appreciative of beautiful Long Island.
The weather is perfect for walking on a park trail or for sleeping with the windows open.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

My Photo Club Day

Tug in NY Harbor

Went with my photography club to Brooklyn where we chartered the "Pink Lady," a cruise boat out of Sheepshead Bay.  We went passed Coney Island and then under the Verrazano Bridge to Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
It was beautiful weather for a boat ride and a great day. The best part is talking to the people in the club! Friendly and interesting, it has become the main reason for getting together. 
Photos, I can take anytime. 
Talking to good people, laughing and socializing, is something to be celebrated! 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Boating Season's End

drying wings
We are coming to the end of the boating season.
The days are getting cooler and the breeze off the water can be quite chilling.
There was a time when we took the boat out into November, fishing or just watching the sunset.
I'd wear foul-weather gear, with hats and gloves and water repellent fabrics.
Those days are over. Is it my age that makes me intolerant of the cold? Or is it just that I'm at the point in my life where being uncomfortable is not necessary.
I realized a few years ago, that I can choose my environment, no longer confined to a work schedule.
Give me warm days all year. I want to live like the snow birds!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Bethpage, Polo at the Park

Polo Field

I met some friends at the Polo Field in Bethpage State Park.
It was a very nice way to spend the afternoon, seeing something out of my usual experience.
Polo, played on a grass field 8 times larger than an American Football field, with horse-mounted players, makes a great experience to watch live!
I love to watch the beautiful horses at work and the controlled way they take their riders through the match. It's a skill where both rider and horse need to move as one. 
You can read more about Polo at the Park on their website:

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Beach Debris

washed ashore

One empty chair on the beach, a sign that storms and high tides have washed away someone's patio furniture. Let's hope this fall/winter & hurricane season does not create this type of damage again.
We've had a beautiful summer on Long Island with moderate temperatures. It may have been a disappointment for some people looking for hotter beach weather, but for me it was perfect!
Let's see what the autumn brings... 

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.