Saturday, May 30, 2009

Old Bethpage Village, baseball, Long Island

player, old time baseball, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

We went to Old bethpage Village Restoration today. 
Did you know that there is a baseball league which plays baseball the way it was played 100 years ago? 
Complete with old time uniforms and original game rules, it was fun to watch and to photograph!

For information about the team and their mission, Click Here!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Sunfish with a Sunrise Sail

Sunfish Sunrise Sail, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

This past Monday, Memorial Day, the Great South Bay was very active with boats of many sizes. 
This small sailboat, with big-size fun, is a Sunfish
The colorful flag is the "sunrise" model, very popular on the bay.

Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, complete with sunshine, barbecues, family and friends...... 
...and a remembrance of our veterans.

Monday, May 25, 2009

A Memorial Day Thank You

our veterans, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

Sayville, Bayport Memorial Day Parade

A thank you to our veterans and a rememberance of those whose lives were lost in our service.
Thank you!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

US Army Golden Knight

US Army Golden Knight, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Jones Beach, Memorial Day

skyshow smoke, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

Memorial Day Jones Beach Airshow

airshow jets, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.
The Air Force Thunderbirds

Hope you enjoy the Memorial Day weekend!
Always a good start to summer but the most important part of this holiday is remembering the lives lost, and the sacrifices our servicemen/women and their families, have made for our country.
Thank you, thank you. 
It can never be said enough!

Memorial Day Jones Beach Air Show

skytypers, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.
Do try to get to the Jones Beach Air Show this weekend!
I was there for Friday's rehearsal and it was spectacular!!!
I was very proud of our military and it is a wonderful way to enjoy the holiday weekend.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Laughing Gull, Summer

Laughing Gull, Summer, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

You know it's summer on Long Island when the Laughing Gulls wear their summer plumage! 
Gulls love to perch themselves on pilings. 
I guess it's a nice place to rest and take in the sights of the river.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Male Northern Cardinal

red Northern Cardinal, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

So colorful!
He's wondering why I'm hiding. I'm sure he can hear the camera clicks!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

sunset fishing

sunset fishing, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

Sunset fishing on the Great South Bay....
First day of "fluke" season and we had to go fishing. 
Didn't catch anything but the weather was beautiful and the sunset- spectacular!

Well, it was a beautiful evening, one of the warmest on the water so far this season.  
The complaint of sport fisherman is that this year the fluke requirements are a 21 inch minimum size and 2 per person. 
It's almost impossible to catch anything that size anyway. 
Years ago you could fill a cooler with fluke, which is probably one reason why there are none left!  

The clam boats would line the bay in the 1970s and now there are only one or two boats on a given day. 
I recognize the boats so it's the same two or three men.  
I don't know what the answer is, but I hope my grandchildren will be able to fish someday!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Citi Field, Queens, NY

Citi Field, Queens, NY, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

Went to a Mets game today. They lost in overtime. :-(

Very nice, new stadium. Something so nice about an up-to-date building. Lots of elevators, ladies' restrooms, food stands, etc.
No nostalgia though. I missed the orange seats!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Fox in the Fire Island Forest

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mothers' Day!

cherry trees Oakdale, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Fire Island Fox

Fire Island Fox, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.


Went to Fire Island today for a picnic lunch in the fog. Yes, it was foggy. 
We waited for the sun but it never came, not until we got home at about 4:30pm.
On Fire Island, out in this sand/shrub area, we saw this red fox, just resting. 
He didn't move as we took over a dozen photos.
 He also barely opened his eyes.
We thought that maybe he was sick. 
He didn't run away and we wouldn't get any closer.
It is so wonderful to see wildlife so close to home.
We just kept walking......


Birds at the Bird Feeder

Here are just two of the birds that came to my bird feeders yesterday.
I bought a new lens, 80-400mm, which will bring the birds closer for more detail.
Well, you know what I mean. 
It doesn't bring them physically closer, just makes them LOOK closer. 
I also bought a "blind" so I can hide from the birds and I can get closer to them.
A blind is like a little tent, just made for photographers (or hunters?).
 The outside of this "tent" is camouflage fabric to blend in with the trees and grasses. These two birds were my first shots.
Now for the next step.....
I will have to construct a more pleasing perch or some branches nearby the feeders, so the birds will be in a more natural habitat for the shot.
Whew! I didn't realize how difficult it is to photograph birds.
It brings a new appreciation to the wonderful bird photos you see in magazines and on the internet.
The real skill comes when birds are photographed in a more wild, natural environment, but let me take this one step at a time.
For me, right now, the bird feeders will be my photography "studio!"

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

St. Josaphat's Monastery Tea House


St. Josaphat's Monastery Tea House, Glen Cove

See the historical background below...


Sunday, May 03, 2009



Share Your Stories, Photos & Home Movies

In the tradition of WLIW21’s award-winning New York The Way it 
Was series, the New York public television station is getting 
ready to explore the story of one of Long Island’s most 
interesting communities – Huntington
Following the tremendous  success of New York War Stories, which featured viewer- contributed videos and letters, WLIW21’s production team turns  to viewers like you once again for stories, photos and home 
movies of family celebrations, sporting events, carnivals, 
parades and other Huntington activities. 
If you lived in 
Huntington Village, Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington Station, 
Northport, Greenlawn, Dix Hills and Lloyd Neck 
between 1950 and 1990
please share your memories of the places and people that 
will always remind you of your hometown, Huntington. 
cameras can capture Huntington today, but need your help to 
tell the story of yesterday. 

Visit for details.

Send your photos or movies (any format) to:
Stephanie Marsh
P.O. Box 21
Plainview, NY 11803
Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you want 
your submission returned.

All photo submissions will also be considered for the film’s 
DVD cover.

Email your stories of life in Huntington as you knew it to

Call 516.367.2100 x8461 with any questions.

Submissions will be accepted through June.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

St. Josaphat's Monastery Garden Gate

St Josaphat Gate, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

St. Josaphat's Garden Gate, Glen Cove

A little history on the once wealthy estate, and now part of the St. Josaphat's Monastery:

"In Lattingtown, one of the wealthiest communities in the country, there is a 118-acre estate whose residents have taken vows of poverty. It is St. Josephat's Monastery, and the Basilian monks who have lived there since 1944 use the 74-room mansion as a place of quiet prayer. The mansion had been owned by industrialist J.E. Aldred until he went bankrupt in 1942. A bank seized it and found no buyers until the order of Basilian monks snapped it up for $75,000, a bargain even then."

More history:

"Ormston House John E. Aldred estate, built 1910-Now used as a monastery, this 40 room mansion is reminiscent of an English country estate. Situated atop a sloping hill, it commands a magnificent view of Long Island Sound. J. E. Aldred constructed this estate at the same time, and adjacent to, the former W. D. Guthrie estate, Meudon. Aldred and Guthrie were both friends, who together purchased the town of Lattingtown. They then demolished all of the homes and businesses in the town to create their estates. Although Lattingtown no longer exists with a town center, there are some remnants of its history. The original Latting House, for whom the town was named, still remains today and is privately owned. Ormston is still in good shape, but Meudon has been demolished and replaced with private homes."