Saturday, October 30, 2010

Photography Exhibit

Do you love nature photography?
Well, if you do, don’t miss this show!
The NWPLI (Nature and Wildlife Photographers of Long Island) will have its annual Autumn Exhibition beginning
November 7th through December 5, 2010.

The reception, with refreshments, will be November 7th from 12noon-3pm.

It is being held at the
Castello di Borghese Winery in Cutchogue.
The exhibit will showcase the group’s best work in nature,
wildlife and landscape photography.

NWPLI has been awarded numerous honors for its work, most recently winning the Nature’s Best Photography International Awards (Camera Club Category) sponsored by Nature’s Best Photography Magazine.
Visit the group's website:

The photography on display will include natural subjects that have been captured with digital and film cameras.
Photos are from Long Island's own natural surroundings.
Some selected images will also be available for purchase.

The Show will run from Sunday, November 7th - December 5th, 2010,
during winery hours.

For directions to Castello di Borghese…Click Here!

For additional information, contact Lou Buonomo at
I hope you have the opportunity to stop by the exhibit on your yearly autumn visit to the wineries and to the pumpkin farms!
It’s nature photography at its best!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Central Park model boats

Central Park model boats, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

We went to Central Park today to meet with some other photographers. It was just a day to connect with friends and take some outdoor photos. What a beautiful day! The sun was shining and it was warm and pleasant. The park was fairly crowded which I expect is the usual on a Sunday.

The is a photo of the Conservatory Water- A quiet pond on the east side of the park, most noted for its model sailboats.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Barn Owl, Captured

Barn Owl, Captured, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

My group, NWPLI, (Nature and Wildlife Photographers of Long Island) met with an animal rescue group today for a chance to photograph some beautiful but otherwise difficult-to-capture raptors.
I'll be posting more from today's shoot soon!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Slideshow of Portugal images

I've been busy working on my travel images from Portugal.
Here is a slideshow of the first group of photos.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Talisman, Fire Island

Talisman beach, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

I'm home.
I haven't posted a Long Island photo in so long, I thought I should to keep up with the local beauty.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

on the balcony

on the balcony, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

Sunrise from the Lisbon balcony.
I'm back home but already missing the early morning coffee on the balcony.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

decorated crab plate

decorated crab plate, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

This plate was attached to a wall at a ceramic shop. The town is Sangres, Portugal, at the very south-westerly end of Portugal, the town from which Vasco di Gama sailed across the Atlantic.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Palace of Estoi

Palace of Estoi, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

Estoi, Portugal on the Algarve coast, this is a government run Pousada, restored palace.
See the information below!

Ceiling in the Palace of Estoi

One of the Pousadas of Poutugal, this is an old palace which has been remodeled and updated.

In the city of Estoi, read about it here!

Portugal has government owned Pousadas that are now luxury hotels, at a discount for senior citizens, over 60, in the off-season period.

This has been, and continues to be, a wonderful vacation in Portugal!


Sunday, October 03, 2010

selling in Nazaré

selling in Nazaré, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

This older woman was selling dried figs and nuts in Nazaré, Portugal. It's an older fishing village with lots of character. One item they sell here is barnacles. They collect them from the sea, then cook them, and peel and eat. I haven't tried them yet but I know on Long Island, we scrape them off the bottom of the boat. I'll have to try them before I leave.

Another woman was selling fresh figs which are in season here in this area of Portugal. Nothing is sweeter than fresh ripe figs! Now I know why my grandparents, from southern Italy, grew fig trees in Brooklyn. The difference is that in Brooklyn, the trees needed to be protected in winter. They were pulled over, wrapped in tar paper and covered with a bucket. Sounds crazy? Well, I guess you just have had to been there....... Ripe figs are delicious!


Nazaré, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

The fishing village of Nazaré, not far from Lisbon, Portugal.

Bicycles in Lisbon

Bicycles in Lisbon, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

This could be any US city, but it's Lisbon, Portugal.

The city has hills like San Francisco and a tram or trolley. Some of the buildings are much older since this is Europe, but there are modern buildings also.

The people are very friendly and we're having a good time speaking with the locals. From our experience here, they are happy to practice their English and we are using our limited Spanish and learning some Portuguese words. No problems what-so-ever understanding each other.

The Portuguese language is not what I expected. Some words look like Spanish and are familiar to me but it sounds very different, more like Greek or Russian (to my very untrained ear. Forgive me if this comment shows my ignorance! I'm not a language student.)

It's fun to travel and learn the differences and similarities that make us all human!

Lisbon Laundry

Lisbon Laundry, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

As in most cities of Europe, people dry laundry in the fresh air. This is a common European city scene.

Electricity is expensive and drying outdoors is so much more practical. How wasteful we are, drying in the electric or gas fueled clothes dryer!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Fatima Sanctuary, Portugal

We are still traveling through Portugal, today going to towns of Fatima and Obidos.
Fatima's statue, "Our Lady of Fatima" has much significance for many who make the long journey to see this holy place.

See this link for more information:átima


Chiado, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

The view from our apartment, renting through VRBO (vacation rentals by owner).

Friday, October 01, 2010

Castelo dos Mouros

Castelo dos Mouros, originally uploaded by Alida's Photos.

A castle in the hilltops, it's all climbing and steps to the top. They didn't tell you that in the guidebooks! It was a good workout and the view was spectacular!

Castle of the Moors:

Lisbon building facade

The facade (or façade, in French) of many buildings, includes a balcony, tile work and some graffiti!

No Photoshop work on this photo. I'm working on my laptop in Portugal and have been using Picasa for edits.