Thursday, May 31, 2007

surfer and dog, Fire Island

This dog was amazing.
He sat on the beach quietly, in one spot, the entire time his master was surfing!
....another great day at the beach!

Fire Island and the Gulls

We went to the beach yesterday.
Fire Island National Seashore, my favorite beach....
The water was crystal clear blue/green, the sky was a perfectly clear blue, the sand was solid and white/pink.
The gulls were lined up, and I would think, they also appreciated the beauty!
Every once in awhile, a gull would fly over a wave and pull something from the sea to eat.
...a perfect beach day at the end of May!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Parade in Bayport

I went to the Bayport Fire Department yesterday to observe the annual Memorial Day Parade. It was a solemn event with a wreath placed at the War Memorial in Bayport Park on Middle Road.
There were few people to observe and some, but not many, participants in the parade itself.
The fire department, the girl and boy scouts, a politician and the historical society, were all represented, but it was a sad day to remember sad events.
I had wished there were more people. It seemed pale in comparison to other holiday parades.
Where were the crowds of people? I hope that they attended parades somewhere else and were not at home, doing yard work, or at the beach.
I'm glad I was there.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Friday, May 25, 2007

school's out for Memorial Day

Went to the beach this week and saw the Fire Island School Bus riding along the beach.
This is the beach road for all vehicles....police cars, utility trucks and even a school bus!
Memorial Day weekend is here and the beach will look very different.
Bring on the summer fun!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Owls at the Roosevelt Sanctuary, Oyster Bay

Barred Owl

Horned Owl


These two owls were taken on the same day, same place as the hawk below.


Sunday, May 20, 2007

Hawk at the Teddy Roosevelt Sanctuary


Red-tailed Hawk

Today at the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center in Oyster Bay, there was an exhibit of birds in captivity.

There also was a Long Island camera shop standing by, to give tips on photographing wildlife.

(Of course they also wanted to sell camera equipment, but they were not aggressively selling.)

It turned out to be a wonderful experience and I got to see and photograph some beautiful birds!


Friday, May 18, 2007

Osprey at the Arboretum do I say this and sound "like a proper lady?"
I was watching and photographing this osprey at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum, and he was having a nice little breakfast/lunch of freshly caught fish.
Well, he fluffed his wings and raised his tail and I kept snapping away.
After I got home and put the photos onto the computer, I realized what he had done!
I'm glad I wasn't too close.
If you have a chance, go over to the Bayard Cutting Arboretum. There is a nesting pair of osprey with a nest right atop the chimney of the main estate building.
They are close enough for everyone to see.
My husband and I keep returning hoping to see the babies hatch.
Everytime there, we are amazed at the size and beauty of such a large bird.
Click on the photo to see the larger version!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Monday, May 14, 2007

From my recent trip out to Montauk Point...

Montauk Lighthouse escaping the fog.

Montauk Fishing Fleet...


Fishing Boat and Fish Traps...with the morning fog.


Saturday, May 12, 2007

Montauk Point and May Surfing

Water temps about 55 degrees F, rocky shore, and fog.
The lighthouse is nearby but who can see it?
Montauk surfing in May.....
this is NOT California surfing!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Montauk Point and the Fog

It has been quiet foggy on Long Island these past few days. My husband and I went to Montauk Point for some relaxation...yea, right, like I need to relax!
...anyway, we really went to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.
Ten years, and they went by so quickly.
Well, getting back to the fog...
I wanted to take photos of the lighthouse. Not just any photographs but, great photographs.
...the fantastic shots that can be "calendar" photos.
My plan was to wake up at sunrise to see the light as it changed from red to yellow.
Well, that didn't happen!
We woke up to a thick, dense fog; went to the lighthouse and could not see the top of it or the Atlantic Ocean beyond.
I did manage to get a few shots on the second day, but no sunrise or sunset shots.
I guess I'll just have to go back another time. :-) Poor me!
I want that calendar shot.
We did have a nice dinner at Dave's Grill. We haven't been there in a few years and the food was as good as I remember.
We shared the mussels; there were more than enough!
(Probably the BEST mussels I ever had!)
For entree, I had the cod fish, marinated in a miso sauce, with bok choy.
Yummy, as that famous lady says!
All in all, it was a great few days, even if there was fog.

Monday, May 07, 2007

La Salle Military Academy, now St. John's University

Almost every night after dinner, my husband and I search for interesting places to take sunset photos.
We decided to drive into the grounds of the old La Salle Military Academy which is now St. John's University. It is a spectacularly beautiful place.
There is an old mansion with a long line of trees leading to the main entrance of the estate. The photo above shows a quaint little bridge over a pond, actually a river tributary, that flows into the Connetquot River.
At sunset, it is spectacular!
The main building, the mansion, has this huge chimney extending up above the roof-line.
It now contains the nest of an osprey.
This is the third osprey I've seen this spring that is nesting in an old chimney.
It is wonderful to watch them fly into the nest with a fish or eel for their young.
And, it is a great sign to see the return of the osprey...a healthy Long Island! Don't you think so?

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Sunset on the West Sayville Golf Course

Sunset on the West Sayville Golf Course....
Notice the very tall, wind-scuptured pine tree.
See the photo below, also the Golf Course...
...and click on the photos to see the larger versions.

West Sayville Golf Course

Tonight's sunset on the West Sayville Golf Course...
After dinner this evening I decided to take a ride looking for the perfect sunset.
Someone told me that there is a Sunset Street in Oakdale where the sunsets are beautiful.
Well, I went looking for Sunset Street but just had to stop at the Gold Course before the sun went down.
The photo above is the result.
Click on the photo to see a larger version.