Saturday, December 29, 2007

the lonely tree

the lonely tree, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Sullivan House on the lake

Sullivan House on the lake, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

The holidays wouldn't be complete without a visit to the in-laws.

My in-laws live in the retirement community of Hershey's Mill, Pennsylvania. 

The Sullivan House, above, is the historic building of the original estate, now used for catered parties. Hershey's Mill is many acres of condos and single family units that are part of the retirement community.

My in-laws love it there. There is the community center with a golf course, restaurants, pool and so much more. The most important feature is a society of people near their age for socializing.


Saturday, December 22, 2007

Merry, Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
May you enjoy the holiday in good health, 
surrounded by the ones you love!


Friday, December 21, 2007


Greetings, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Winter on Long Island

A little island near my home, looks very different to me this time of year.
Usually, the plant growth is so thick, I cannot even see the ground. 
With snow, I realize it has a small hill, soil that was the remains of dredging years ago.
Each season on Long Island brings a new and interesting things to explore.
Right now in my life, I wouldn't want to live anywhere else.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The baby arrives!

A new baby in the family, just 1/2 hour old in this photo...drops in the eyes and all bundled up, the grandparents get to hold him....Oliver Scott, 7 lbs. 4 oz., and 21" tall.

Winter on the North Fork

A wonderful ride out east, on a sunny day, showed us the winter beauty of the North Fork.
The grapes are gone, but the winery has many winter chores to do in preparation of the season's harvest.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

christmas cactus

christmas cactus, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

It is beginning to bloom......
Almost ready for the holiday....


Friday, December 07, 2007


History, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

christmas barn

christmas barn, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

ebenezer scrooge

ebenezer scrooge, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

Swallow-tailed Chick

swallow-tail chick crop, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

Blogger is doing it again. Changing things.
I noticed that photos no longer just open larger as they have been doing since the start of this blog. They now immediately download...not something I really want to happen automatically.
So I posted this from Flickr...but then had to widen the web page. It's still not perfect. I see little rounded corners where they shouldn't be, but my html knowledge is limited so I'll have to keep it for now!
Hope this minor change didn't cause any problems for you. Let me know if it did, please.
This photo is of a baby Swallow-tailed chick who was chasing his mother...asking for food.
Galapagos Islands. You can get this close!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Earlier sunsets, colder nights

What do you do when winter approaches?
...when the sun sets earlier and the evenings are sooo long?
Do you spend more time on the computer? On the phone? Watching TV?
Well, I do more of all those things but I do try to get out as much as possible.
There are so many groups and clubs and activities on Long Island.
There is no excuse to become a couch potato!
Look in the paper, check the internet and find some interesting activities.
You will meet more people and have more fun.
Check out for a list of things to do!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Art Show, Photography

What are your plans for Sunday?
Well, if you are free and would like something new to do, or if you just enjoy photography, go to Huntington to see the NWPLI art show.
NWPLI: Nature and Wildlife Photographers of Long Island
The show will be at the Footprint Gallery, December 2nd, from 1 - 5pm.
The gallery is open each weekday from 11 am to 5 pm except for the special times listed above in the photo.
See the postcard above for more details.
I hope you can make it. I'll be there with other NWPLI members!
Huntington is a great town for just walking around and seeing the sights of Long Island.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Last November

It was a warm, beautiful day yesterday. They keep saying, (that's 'they', the weather reports), that it was one of the warmest Thanksgivings ever.
Well, I took this photo last November. It wasn't Thanksgiving Day, but just a week before.
We were on the beach, enjoying the sunshine, although autumn-cold weather.
It's all relative, of course!
Long Island is like that. Surrounded by water, with currents and less drastic changes in water temperature, we often get pleasant warm days in fall and winter.
There is always someone walking on the beach, even on the coldest days.
I like that...another reason to love Long Island!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Patchogue Parade

We went to see the Patchogue Christmas Parade last night!
Boats are decorated for the holidays and float up the Patchogue River with Santa in the last boat.
Grucci Fireworks were an added bonus!
There were some great entries and it seemed that everyone had fun.
People were getting into the holiday spirit!


Autumn on Long Island



Autumn colors here on Long Island...

Many trees are already bare. I realized, as I walked through the Bayard Cutting Arboretum, that I waited a week too long. The red maples seemed to be the only trees with color, still holding onto their leaves.

I'm happy to be back on Long Island with Thanksgiving just a few days away!


Saturday, November 17, 2007

Harbour Village

My work for Harbour Village is finished!
My husband Chris and I took hundreds, maybe thousands, of photos of the Harbour Village Beach Club Resort and finally finished the selection and processing in Photoshop CS2.
Our final count: 200 photos.
Yep, that's the final count, just of the resort.
It is amazing how, after looking at all the photos over and over, you can see the minor differences and make a decision on what is more pleasing to the eye...based on color, composition, sharpness, many photos are rejected.
Now my fingers are crossed and I will wait for the response from the resort.
I never thought that after retirement from teaching I would be taking photos and making money from it. It happens now all the time. I'll never get rich from this, but I love it and the extra money is a bonus!
Above are just three photos of the Harbour Village Resort in Bonaire.


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

More of Bonaire, the Netherlands Antilles

"Red" slave hut near the salt flats, with the lighthouse in the distance....

A young couple ride a rented scooter by the saltflat pans with a navigational marker and the "red" slave huts in the distance....


A young girl, about 8 or 9 years old, learns to windsurf at Lac Bay.

Bonaire is known for being a great place to learn windsurfing due to the mild, consistent winds and the shallow waters of Lac Bay.


It's beautiful year round and isn't in the path of the hurricanes.
Salt is a major export, still,
...and tourism is a major industry here with scuba diving as the main attraction.
I love Bonaire and have been here many times!

Monday, November 05, 2007

1000 Steps, Bonaire

A dive site called 1000 Steps
There are only 64 steps but after a dive, all the gear must be carried back to the car! Not an easy or pleasant task!
Underwater the site is spectacular!!

Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles

I know it's cold in New York right now, but here in Bonaire the temperature is 82 degrees F. and sunny. Diving and snorkeling is the major activity for those on vacation.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Harbour Village Beach Club, Bonaire

I'm in Bonaire, just two weeks after the Galapagos. Why?
Well, it's a long story, but the short explanation is that I'm here taking photos for the Harbour Village Beach Club Resort....and getting in some first rate diving.
I was hired to take photos of the resort because of the photos I've posted from my previous trips here. I love Bonaire and have a full gallery of shots!
This is the Member's Lounge with pool table and large TV for group viewing.
Not such a bad it?
Oh, and my husband Chris is here to help out and share in the photo taking and of course, the diving as well.
Poor guy....he just had to help me out!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Galapagos Fish Market

Amazing to see, the pelicans and even a sea lion were waiting for the scraps from the fish cleaning counter.
All I could think of was that in New York, the Board of Health would have stopped this long ago.

Well, we ate fish and didn't get sick, so I guess it was not as bad as it looks!

We loved the trip, the people and the food and everything that told us it was not the USA.


Wednesday, October 24, 2007

my photo given to Tim Bishop

This photo, not taken by me, shows Representative Tim Bishop being honored for his work and "...leadership in ensuring that all Americans remain safe and healthy while they enjoy their local rivers and waterways."
Also, "At a special reception attended by around 100 environmental activists at the Capitol, Congressman Bishop accepted an award for his work to protect America's waters. "
The American Rivers group requested that I donate this photo, Misty River Fisherman, to represent this award.
I agreed and thought it was wonderful to participate in such an honor.
The plaque with my photo will hang in Tim Bishop's office in Washington.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


Cute, huh?
The hair from this interesting, llama-looking, Alpaca, produces beautiful yarn for the sweaters below..........

The more expensive, softer, sweaters, are made with "baby" alpaca, which is the first cuttings from a young calf.

Monday, October 22, 2007

more travel photos

The giant tortoise, gave the name to the Galapgos.

A Red-footed Booby bird with its chick....Galapagos Islands.


Friday, October 19, 2007

Booby Birds of the Galapagos

The Blue-footed Booby bird is one of the main attractions to the Galapagos Islands!

Red-footed Boobies do a mating dance that is truly a dance! Wonderful to watch!


Sunday, October 07, 2007


Just one photo of Machu Picchu, Peru
On vacation, this Long Island Woman is visiting just one of the many places on her "must see" list of destinations.
Fantastic, spiritual and amazing!

Monday, September 24, 2007

fishing on the Great South Bay

We went fishing the other night, and watched the sun go down.
Fishing to me is not just the activity of catching some fish.
In fact, we caught a King Fish and a Sea Bass, which we ate for dinner.
I then went to the farm stand and got some fresh corn and local tomatoes, a head of Boston Red Leaf lettuce....all picked fresh off the farm.
A real farm fresh dinner with fish from the bay! To me, a perfect dinner!
I really enjoy the time on the water...the feel and smell of the salt air...the connection to nature.
Birds flying overhead. Fishing jumping. The sunset.
The Great South Bay in September is practically empty of pleasure boats.
The only boats out there are sport fisherman or sailors.
No crowds or boat traffic.
Just me and nature!
I love it! And I love Long Island for those reasons!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Bayport Beach

Not technically the greatest shot, but I like how the birds enjoy a perch, regardless of where they are.
Fire Island is the distant shore.

Cherry Grove

The Cherry Grove Fire Department.
Cute, huh?
Tiny vehichle for tiny walkways.
And two firemen who look like they are enjoying the attention!

Gull of Fire Island

Sometimes when we anchor the boat to just relax and enjoy the sunshine.....and to smell and enjoy the movement of the water, we have visitors.
There will inevitably be a gull or two sitting behind the boat.
Maybe they hope we will throw them a crumb or two. A pretzel? Something!
I hate to disappoint them but if I throw one item, one crumb, a whole flock of gulls will arrive.
Not a good idea!

Fire island Ferries

It seems that more and more ferries are leaving the river. We are always behind one or trying to keep ahead of one as we leave for Fire Island.
Why the increase? I can't figure it out.
Maybe it's just a larger population living on Long Island or Fire Island is just more popular than I remember.

Friday, September 14, 2007

More Photos of Coney Island, Brooklyn

Fishing with nets off the Coney Island Pier

Early morning walkers


Looking east, early Sunday morning