Monday, December 09, 2013
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Sunday, December 01, 2013
"I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds and bowers..."
-Robert Herrick (1591-1674), British poet
I live by the water, so as I exit my home and walk outdoors, the birds on the river look at me and fly away.
There is such abundance of wildlife here....various species of ducks, geese, herons, grebes, coots, muskrats, snakes, eels, and of course, fish. Sometimes I'll watch a diving duck disappear under the water only to emerge with his dinner. There have been times when I will see a new unidentifiable creature, only to find that it's an migratory bird, a new one for my life-list.
And always, there is the quiet.
Long Island has an abundance of wildlife areas: county, state and national parks, wetlands, the pine barrens, undeveloped areas, which are all natural habitats for a variety of creatures.
Take a walk or drive to the park near where you live and witness this for yourself. Take a break from the shopping and crowds! You may be pleasantly surprised!
Friday, November 29, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
There was a time when I looked forward to winter. I was a skier in my younger life (well, actually about 18 years ago, which only seems like yesterday) and looked forward to winter and the snow. I would even travel out west to Colorado in early spring to take advantage of their longer skiing season.
Now in retirement, I'm looking forward to my trip to Florida, the Sunshine State! It's where I can have coffee on my balcony, barefoot! And, when the "cold front" arrives, as the Floridians like to report, all I need is a light jacket to walk on the beach. Skiing? "Been there, done that" as they say, and loved it, and now it's time to move on.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
The last boat ride 'till spring.
This photo is from 2011, taken on November 2nd. We were able to keep the boat in the water for a little longer this year, but the cold weather has settled in and it's time to put the boat in dry-dock.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
This is the bayside of Fire Island, at the Sunken Forest.
September and October are the best months on Fire Island, in my opinion, because the summer crowds are gone. It was quiet except for the sound of the ocean waves and birds. An occassional plane or helicopter passes overhead. It is warm between the dunes and a long walk is the perfect way to spend the day.
Monday, October 14, 2013
The Freedom Tower as seen from Waverly Place in Greenwich Village....
We took a walking tour of "the village" this weekend. So much history and a great sky for photography, made this day a perfect one for me!
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
I wanted to have a before photo since by next year, the Davis Park beach will not look the same. This photo was taken back in 2009.
Many of these homes will be torn down, or have already been washed away, all from the erosion of Sandy.
Monday, October 07, 2013
Sunday, October 06, 2013
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Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
All summer, I've seen them flying overhead, sometimes with fish in their talons, chirping their squeaky little voices to call their mates or chicks. I haven't seen, or heard them recently and think they have left Long Island for the winter.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Long Island's first two settlements were Southold and Southampton, in 1640.
The Lighthouse at Montauk became NY's first coastal beacon in 1796.
The first radio transmission, by wireless inventor Guglielmo Marconi, was in 1901 on Fire Island Avenue in Babylon.
Americas first supermarket, King Kullen, started on Long Island in 1930.
The Lunar Module which landed men on the moon in 1969, was built on Long Island by the Grumman Corp.
Long Island is the largest island among the 48 contiguous states.
The only working water mill and windmill in the US are located in the Long Island community of Water Mill.
Richard Nixon's deceased dog Checkers is buried at Long Island's Bide-a-Wee Pet Cemetery.
When the Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883, it became the first land-transport route between Long Island and mainland USA. Before that, the only way to travel between the two was by boat.
Long Island was sculpted by melted glaciers, which is why there is a clear difference between the hilly North Shore and the flat South Shore of Long Island.
Long Island is the most populated island in the United States and the 17th most populated island in the world. Interesting fact: Long Island is more populated than the entire country of Jamaica and of Ireland!
If Long Island was its own state, it would rank 12th in terms of population.
The largest industrial park in the US is located on Long Island - The Hauppauge Industrial Park which houses 1,300 companies and employs more than 55,000 people.
Together Nassau and Suffolk counties' nearly 180 fire agencies possess more fire trucks than New York City and Los Angeles County combined.
Suffolk County is the leading agricultural county in New York State based on the wholesale value of its farm products.
More 7-Eleven coffee is purchased on Long Island than in all of California.