Friday, September 29, 2006

The monarch butterflies are migrating through and over Long Island at this time every year.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Whites Bait Shop, Greenport, Long Island, NY

Whites Bait Shop, Greenport, Long Island, NY....My husband and I went into this shop and had a very unpleasant experience....
As we entered the bait store, no one was behind the counter.
We stood there for what seemed like a long time.
There was a man, no young teenager, sitting inside the shop, near the door, talking on his cell phone. He did not look at us or speak to us. As we were waiting for the shop owner to come out, I decided to take some photos of the fishing gear hanging from the ceiling.
With the snap of my camera this man jumped up and in an angry, nasty manner said, “Stop that! Usually people ask me before taking photos in here!”
I was surprised that he was working there.
I said to him, “Oh, you are the owner? Well I wouldn’t have known because you sat there and didn’t acknowledge us, didn’t greet us, didn’t even look at us. I usually would ask if I thought you were the owner!”
We then asked for some bait, paid for it, all while he was still on the cell phone.
He got our order and took our money all with one hand!
With that, we walked out.
I was angry with myself for making the purchase.
We should have walked out without buying anything because he certainly didn’t deserve our business!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

East end of Long Island, where there is still a large area of agriculture...farms and vineyards....very scenic and classic, with lots of history.

Another fly-fishing shot of Chris. It was a wonderful morning, Tuesday, and we were flyfishing in the Connetquot River State Park and Preserve.

farm truck and barn...Just took a ride out east to see and enjoy the agricultural areas that are still there on the East End of Long Island.

The pumpkin farm. Soon the "pumpkin people" (tourists who invade the east end of Long Island) will be heading out east to see the farms and buy some pumpkins.

Just some practice with black and white work in Photoshop. This is our friend, Dan.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Autumn has begun! The garden center has it's display of pumpkins and mums. Better than the department stores, who are already showing Christmas items!

Fire Island Lighthouse. Everyone seems to love lighthouse photos, so I just take them for fun. I like the red roof on the house against the black and white lighthouse.

Early morning, and the temperatures were still cool.

Another photo of fly- fishing on the Connetquot River.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Fly-fishing on Long Island

We went fly fishing in the early morning, before sunrise.
This is the Connetquot River State Park.
It is so quiet deep inside the park, the only sounds are the fish splashing and the birds chirping and moving about....maybe a chipmunk or squirrel.
It was a good day for fishing. The weather was a perfect temperature for being in the water.
I used a "beetle" as my "fly" since it was recommended by some of the more experienced fisherman we met that morning.
It worked! I caught so many fish, I stopped counting. Of course, I released all but two.
The best part for me was being outdoors and connecting with nature.
Did I say it was very quiet on the river? I did, I know, but it needs to be repeated.
It was serene and peaceful and quiet and I was very happy.
Oh, one more thing....I kept my camera on the banks of the river and kept running back for it as the light changed throughout the morning.
I enjoy fishing, but I also enjoy taking photos.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Connetquot River State Park

This is me, Alida, flyfishing. The photo was taken by my husband, on the Connetquot River in the Connetquot River State Park.
It was a beautiful day and I caught more than ten fish.
Most of them were small so I let them go. It is a "catch and release" area, although you can keep two fish per person.
The best part of the morning is the feeling of being in another world.
It is another world...quiet and absoutely beautiful.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Captain Rod returning from the ocean after a day of fishing. This is just one of many fishing boats that are docked at Captree State Park.

This tug boat was hauling heavy equipment through the Fire Island Inlet from the ocean. It was amazing to watch.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Gull flies off the buoy, Great South Bay.

Our friend Bonne on Fire Island. It was a cloudy, overcast day but she wanted to go to the beach. It was her first day of retirement! Congratulations Bonne!! Look at that smile.....

The Great South Bay....sometimes the clouds just take my breath away.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Slideshow of Long Island Photos.

Can you see this slideshow? It is from my PBase galleries...

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You can select the number 1 for one second to see the photos at a quicker pace.

Thank you and hope you enjoy the gallery!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Fire Island Lighthouse, Fire Island, as seen from the Great South Bay....We were returning from fishing, so it was late in the day and the sun was casting a warm glow on the land.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

9/11...In memory of those who didn't make it.

Pamela, WTC survivor
Pam made it. She will never be the same.

In memory of those who didn't make it.

My husband and I met Pam in Italy last March.
On September 11, 2001, she was on the 40th floor of the WTC. When the first plane hit, she grabbed her shoes and handbag and ran for her life, down the steps, and to the Hudson River.
She saw the second plane coming. She didn't stop running.
She survived.

I'm glad we met her.
She came to visit for the weekend and we took her to the beach and celebrated life.

Sometimes you just have to do that.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Tug Boat in the Great South Bay

Tug and the pleasure boat.....
It was a beautiful day on the ocean...calm and sunny and warm.
As we were returning home from a day of fishing, we saw this large tug.
It was pulling heavy work equipment, five large barges, that went out to sea.
It was amazing to see the tug in contrast to the small pleasure and fishing boats passing it by.
Tug boats always interest me.
They are so strong and powerful and yet they are smaller than the load they are moving.
How do they do that, I wonder?
It's things like this that make me appreciate being alive and interested in the world around me.
Who designed the tug? When did they have their beginnings?
I know I can research that, and probably will.
Yes, I'm happy to be here.

Robert Moses Bridge

We were fishing again, yesterday. This is the Robert Moses Bridge that connects Captree Island to Fire Island. It is a great place to fish and you can often see the fishing charters in the area.
To see this area on the map, click here.

Ferry returns to Sayville from Fire Island.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Yes another seagull.....The beach will be ours after tomorrow. The kids go back to school and the regular routines begin again. Yes, the beach will be ours...........

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Ernesto arrives on Long Island...

Ernesto's rain and wind arrived and the Great South Bay was violent.
It was so windy that I thought the wind would just sweep me off the dock....really!
I had all to do just to hold the camera.
Sometimes a photograph doesn't show the true experience. Maybe if I were a better photographer I could catch the power of such a wind.
Check out my older photos of the Great South Bay for a photo of the calmer days on the Bay. Labor Day is here and the summer is coming to an end.
We just wish it would stop raining for the next two days, don't we?

Friday, September 01, 2006

World Trade Center from the Hudson RIver. As September begins and the air cools and the school year begins again, we remember the attack on September 11th, 2001.

Terra cotta window treatment in the Washington Square Park area of Manhattan.

World Trade Center from the Hudson River