Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Sailing the Great South Bay, one of the nicest ways to spend any beautiful day, on Long Island. Are you wondering who is at the helm? No one in this photo...the boat has auto-pilot!

Monday, May 29, 2006

Sunset on Brown's River, Sayville

Sunset on the canal...It was a calm evening and I was sitting on the boat, watching the birds float to the island (on the right). The daytime breezes had stopped and I watched as the light disappeared behind the mainland. The red, yellow sunset light reflected on the bulheading across the canal. The end to another perfect day....

We have a few large rhododendren plants.

Just one blooming plant in our garden...witches's broom! The fragrance is wonderful!!

Friday, May 26, 2006

From "Top of the Rock"...Rockefeller Center that is....
A new observation deck in the city.
This shot is looking north to Central Park, Harlem and the George Washington Bridge.
On the left is the Hudson River and New Jersey.
Click on the photo to enlarge and see more detail.

Waiting for the rain...

Davis Park, Fire Island, on Long Island...The clouds are moving in to shower us with rain....Oh no! Not another rainy weekend!

Fire Escapes in New York City...They make interesting patterns, don't they?

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Brown's River...Islip Town Slips

The boat slips are filling up! These boats on Brown's River are in Islip Town boat slips.
If you are a town resident, you can rent these slips for the summer season (April 15-Nov. 15) but there is a waiting list.
Call Town Hall for more information.

Ferry to Fire Island

Kayaking on the Connetquot River....Click on each photo to see the larger version and more details!

Sailing up the river

Friday, May 19, 2006

Another beautiful sunset on the Great South Bay!

The River and the sailboats are waiting for a sunny weekend. They may have a long wait. I hear the weather report is for more rain!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Young poison ivy leaves....shiny, three leaves. Poison Ivy can confuse some people because it looks different at each stage of its life cycle. These leaves are young and just beginning to grow now in the spring. Take a good look and don't touch!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Dockside Outfitters

There is a new business in town!
I thought I would mention it since my husband and I stopped in the other day.
As we were walking in Sayville, we came across a new business in the Stein's Marina building.
Dockside Outfitters
They have: Fresh and Frozen Bait for fishing
Tackle and Marine Supplies
Canoe and Kayak Rentals
Hand Tied Flies for fly-fishing
And they have a 24 hour live bait vending machine for those early fishermen!
They seem like really nice people, situated right on the river in Sayville at 23 River Road
In the big white Stein's building, north of the ferries.
Call for info: 631-337-1600
Another part of the business is a Pumpout Service.
They have a boat and a truck that will come to your boat to pump out the head.
There is no excuse for polluting the bay...and it is against the law.
Call 631-645-8356 or VHF Channel 14
Stop in to say "Hi!" to the new local businessmen.

Immature gull

An immature gull. He was just waiting for the sunshine.
We've had so much rain for the last few days.
I want to start planting and getting things ready for outdoor fun,
but the rain is slowing things up here.
Okay, I'll be patient.

Mets vs Brewers in Milwaukee

We flew to Wisconsin to see the grandchildren.
As an added bonus we saw the Mets vs Brewers game. It was very exciting, with a tie in the 9th inning until the Mets won! I look this shot with a zoom lens.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Last Summer's Sunset

Sunset on the Great South Bay...a photo from last summer.
Just dreaming, once again, about the warm weather
and the wonderful boating here on Long Island!

rainbow in the clouds

Just a small rainbow in the clouds before the rains came.
It's been raining for days now!


The only was to keep him still for longer than 2 seconds!
He's playing video games at 3 years old.


...Being very serious before his music lessons.

Bluepoint Water Tower

I'm repeating this photo, one of my favorites.
It is the old water tower in Bluepoint, no longer in use.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

The storm is coming...The calm before the storm. The weather report says rain for the weekend. Well, at least the plants will be happy!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

A writing assignment

I've had this blog for almost one year now.
You can see the number of visitors on my sidebar.
I never thought I would see that many visitors.
It has brought some success and a great feeling of accomplishment.
More than once I was contacted by people who were interested in something I've said or a photo I've posted. They've left comments and contacted me by email.
I've made "friends" from all over the world....really, all over the entire globe!
Well, I recently was contacted by a New York City Real Estate Company.
They would like me to write about Long Island for their new growth in the Long Island market. Of course I accepted!

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The canal at sunset. Please click on the photo to see the larger version and more details. The water is calm and the clouds were moving in from the east. A storm was soon to follow.

The river that runs along the church cemetery.

St. Ann's Church....This is the church where I was married. It was this time of year and the cherry tree was in bloom then too.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Sunday Sailing

We went sailing today. An unexpected invite from our friend.
It was a beautiful, sunny, just about perfect, day.
I needed my jacket but the gentle wind pushed the boat at a good speed.
We had something to eat at the Riverview Restaurant, on the water and then sailed back home.
Not bad for a day with no plans!

Boat leaving the river....The two channel markers bring boats into the Great South Bay. Blue sky and calm waters make it a perfect day to take the boat out for a test run. Let's make sure the engine works, the electronics are in proper order, we have lines to tie up somewhere, life jackets and other safety equipment are easily available. We're ready! Let's go!

Equipment at sunset....The pilings at the beach dock need to be repaired or re-installed after the winter. The winter storms usually cause some problems.

Did you ever see such hugh lobsters? On Long Island, it is just another lobster dinner with fresh caught lobsters from the local fishstore.

Brown's River...The boats are at the marina dock waiting for the last minute adjustments and their summer splash down. Sails need to be attached and engine checked after winter storage.

Friday, May 05, 2006

To enlarge photos...

Don't forget to click on the photo.
There are always some details that need the larger size to appear.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Peconic River Herb Farm
An excellent place to buy special plants for the garden.
This is not the usual nursery, but a collection of unusual and difficult to find plants.
It is not far from the Tanger Mall in Riverhead, so next time you are out in the area, take a look! One section contains "native" Long Island plants!
There is an assortment of beautiful pots and containers for planting.
Bring your lunch. There are a few areas where you can sit, eat and enjoy the plants and flowers. It is located right by the river with shade trees and a lily pond.
Visit their web site...http://www.prherbfarm.com

Seedling for sale...ready to be planted.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Meadow Croft

Meadow Croft
The John E. Roosevelt Estate, Roosevelt family summer home.
For more information about the estate and museum click here.

View to the garden and carriage house

Meadow Croft, the Roosevelt Family Estate