This is an untouched photo...no photoshop, no color enhancements...nada.
Notice the perfect reflection and color.
Totally done by nature, not me.
I feel so fortunate sometimes to be able to enjoy this, see it, feel the coolness of the morning, smell the air. I often think of other people and their hardships and wish they could see this. I'm sorry they can't.
I also know people who are capable of seeing the beauty of nature but won't let themselves enjoy it. Trivial things upset them and stress controls their lives. It may not be their fault due to mental illness or major life problems...but that's why I feel so lucky.
Every morning I am thankful for my health and the beauty I see around me.
We went to the beach today to relax and barbeque our dinner. The weather was perfect!
These balloons must have landed here after getting loose somewhere on Long Island. They can be very dangerous for the fish and birds. I took a few pictures because they were so colorful and then I destroyed them.
We went into Manhattan today, Saturday, to see this new Broadway play. It was a very funny play, with Richard Thomas (remember John Boy?) and Jill Clayburgh, two very experienced and excellent actors.
The "city" as we call Manhattan here on Long Island, is a little over one hour away, by car. We drive in but can take the RR for a little longer than that.
My husband and I belong to the Roundabout Theatre Company. As subscribers, we get to see seven plays a year, on and off-Broadway.
We always enjoy the plays and even if they are not the best, they are always entertaining and performed live (of course!). There is nothing like a live performance, whether theatre, music or dance! Roundabout always has at least one actor who is well known or very recognizable.
Connetquot River in the Connetquot State Park and Preserve. Fly-fishing on Friday morning began with a mist over the water. Eventually it rained very hard. We did not stop or leave and by 10 am the sun came out again.
My husband and I went fly fishing yesterday in the Connequot State Park on the Connequot River.
Within the first half-hour that I was in the water, I saw a small woodpecker on a tree near me and a small hawk that landed on a branch about 40 feet away. The hawk looked at the water, then to the left and then right, took a look at me and quickly flew away.
I was trying to decide if I had time to grab my camera. I didn't.
It was probably the most quiet place on Long Island.
I heard splashing and saw a family of mallard ducks, just catching their dinner.
A seagull came down to a log in the water when all of a sudden, he swooped down and scooped up a fish in his mouth.
I also saw a little chipmonk running through the brush. I thought at first it was a little bird but then realized it looked like a very small squirrrel, brown with stripes. I haven't seen a chipmonk in 30 years, not since my brother had a summer house in Greenwood Lake.
I also saw an unfamiliar bird. Large. I thought it was a Great Blue Heron.
On closer observation, I realized it was not, so I grabbed my camera and walked through the river, wearing waders, and took a picture. I am not posting it here but I was able to identify it later on as a Black-crowned Night-heron. They hide in the shrubary and feed at night.
And I got to see it in its natural surroundings!
The entire day was a wonderful experience!
We came home and cooked our fish dinner, complete with farm-stand vegetables in season.
Wow, what a day!
And this is Long Island!
Real work. The beach we go to has been having some construction work done...new dock, pilings.
I always feel so quilty, maybe it's sad, to see these men working so hard. It was a beautiful day, a 10 on that scale that people always refer to, and these men were working, watching the beach-people, pass them by.
Maybe, to them, it's all in a day's work and they don't even think about it.
Me? I'd be wishing that I could be walking on the sand and watching the surf.
There are worse things in life for sure...working in a stuffy office, not working and wishing you could...the list goes on, but I do admire the work they do.
Good luck guys, and may you have beautiful days of your own!