Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Pier 17 NYC

Pier 17 NYC by Alida's Photos
Pier 17 NYC, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

View from the Brooklyn Bridge.

Just love my trips into the city. Driving and parking is always such a hassle but not too bad on weekends if you stay away from mid-town.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Dreaming of a white Christmas?

snowy trail by Alida's Photos
snowy trail, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

from 2009
A snowy trail in Connetquot State Park, Oakdale, Long Island, NY

No snowy Christmas this year.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Rain on screen

Rain on screen by Alida's Photos
Rain on screen, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Early morning sunrise in Florida. The intracoastal is in the foreground and the ocean in the distance. It rained the night before but the day has the promise of sunshine. Florida sunshine.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

lifeguard station

lifeguard station by Alida's Photos
lifeguard station, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

The year-round people in Florida think it's just too cold to go to the beach. After all, this is their winter. Me? It feels like June in New York. I'm ready for the sand and sunshine!

Friday, December 09, 2011

Florida dreaming

Intra-coastal waters
Back in the 1960s, I did some California Dreaming. It was the place to be (our culture of the time said) and I couldn't get there. Just a young teenager with strict parents, it didn't matter that it was 1967 and the "summer of love." For this little girl from Brooklyn, it was "stay home and help your mother!"
Well, now that I'm older, I'm not going to California, but Florida. Warm weather, sunshine and tax breaks for retirees. Who knew?

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Winter Beach Walk

The days have been cold but not terrible. What better way to "cheat" the season, than taking a walk on the beach?

Sunday, December 04, 2011

My Winter Friend

Our big blue friend, the Great Blue Heron as he is known, comes to visit us every winter. We sometimes see him in other seasons, but I think he like it here in winter, tucking himself out of the wind.

Saturday, December 03, 2011


bridges by Alida's Photos
bridges, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

...from my Robert Moses Bridge series.
How many different images can you get of the bridge and roadway?

Thursday, December 01, 2011


noon by Alida's Photos
noon, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Where does the time go? It's December and the holidays are here with the crazy pace of shopping and preparations. Did we just bring in the year 2000 with the Y2K scare? Seems like yesterday! Now that's scary!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

beach grass

beach grass by Alida's Photos
beach grass, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Davis Park, Fire Island

My last trip to Fire Island for the winter. The boat is out of the water, cleaned and wrapped. Time to think of holidays and winter, but we'll be back in spring!

driftwood davis park

driftwood davis park by Alida's Photos
driftwood davis park, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Davis Park, Fire Island

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving by Alida's Photos
Happy Thanksgiving, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Let the eating frenzy begin.....

Lots to be thankful, friends, good food. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Macy's by Alida's Photos
Macy's, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

The shopping craziness has begun. Does it get you stressed and uneasy?

This is Macy's in Manhattan. I used to work here part-time while in college. I took the train from Brooklyn, often getting home very late at night. As a "floater" cashier, I had to close up the registers which meant counting up the money and making sure it matched the receipts. Then the next day's cash drawer had to be set up.

It wasn't all automated and computerized the way it is now. Cash registers didn't tell you the exact change. Money had to be counted out when returned to the customers. There are few cashiers who can do that today!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

duck box

duck box by Alida's Photos
duck box, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Built by a neighbor, a few years ago, the box sits in the phragmites. I've never actually seen a duck in the nesting box but we do have plenty of ducks on the river. It is my understanding that this is built specifically for Wood Ducks, and we mainly see Mallards here. At this time of year, the Buffleheads come to visit, migrating through Long Island, and away from the windy Great South Bay.

Friday, November 11, 2011

thank our veterans

our veterans by Alida's Photos
our veterans, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

A thank you to our veterans and their families for sacrifices they have made!
Thank you!

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Arboretum bench

Arboretum bench by Alida's Photos
Arboretum bench, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Just a walk through the arboretum, on a beautiful autumn day. The leaves are not as vibrant this year due to hurricane Irene and the heavy ice storm last week. Many trees are bare and any leaves on the trees are just a drab brown color. In spite of the lack of color, it does have its beauty!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Browns River

Browns River by Alida's Photos
Browns River, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Browns River, looking south to the Great South Bay. This is considered a watershed area and protected by the DEC. There is still areas of Long Island that are relatively undeveloped and natural to protect our water supply. Thank the environmentalists and government agencies for protecting our watershed areas and keeping things natural for our enjoyment!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Fire Island, bayside

Fire Island Bayside by Alida's Photos
Fire Island Bayside, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

This is the bayside of Fire Island, at the Sunken Forest.

September and October are the best months on Fire Island, in my opinion, because the summer crowds are gone and the weather still beautiful. It is quiet except for the sound of the ocean waves and birds, long gone are the many boats heading to the beach. An occassional plane or helicopter passes overhead. It is warm between the dunes and a long walk is the perfect way to spend the day!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan by Alida's Photos
Lake Michigan, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Went to visit family in Wisconsin.
Didn't know the Great Lakes could look like the ocean. New information for me! This is Lake Michigan on a mildly windy day. Waves, rocks, driftwood...It looked just like the Atlantic Ocean!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

pollen & bee

pollen & bee by Alida's Photos
pollen & bee, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

The dahlia garden at the Cutting Arboretum in Oakdale is at its peak. Take a ride over there and view the beautiful dahlias! There are also lots of bees but don't worry. They won't be interested in you with so many colorful flowers available!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

praying mantis 2

praying mantis 2 by Alida's Photos
praying mantis 2, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

According to wikipedia:
"Close up image of a mantis' face (Archimantis latistyla) showing its compound eyes and labrum. The structure of the compound eye creates the illusion of a small pupil."

Friday, September 16, 2011

grape vine

grape vine by Alida's Photos
grape vine, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

North Fork Wineries grape vine
We took a car ride out to the North Fork Wineries and made a few stops to sample some Long Island wines.
I volunteered to be the designated driver so I kept busy by photographing the grape vines and scenery.
A few vines still had their dark red/purple grapes.
Luckily hurricane Irene did not spoil the grapes although you could see the salt water damage on the grape leaves.
It was a beautiful day for a drive and it always amazes me at the vast areas of agricultural land still there on the east end.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

parking by the bay

parking by the bay by Alida's Photos
parking by the bay, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

There is something so different about the air once Labor Day arrives. The sky has less haze and more fluffy clouds. The coolness in the air has that almost autumn feel. It is one of the best times on Long Island!

Friday, September 09, 2011

Port Jeff ferry

Port Jeff ferry by Alida's Photos
Port Jeff ferry, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

The rain finally stopped long enough to walk around Port Jefferson. We love to watch the huge, powerful ferry turn in the harbor loaded with so many cars. Don't you wonder how something so heavy can float? I know why, but it always amazes me. I feel the same when I see a heavy plane take off and fly. Doesn't seem possible, but it is. Just amazing!

Monday, September 05, 2011

blue 5, the color series

blue 5 by Alida's Photos
blue 5, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.
Every once in awhile, I participate in a little project. It motivates the creativity, since I'm always taking photos and sometimes feel like there is nothing new to photograph in my everyday life. This week the project was color! Here are three photos, blue, violet and orange.

violet 3, the color series

violet 3 by Alida's Photos
violet 3, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

orange 6, the color series

orange 6 by Alida's Photos
orange 6, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Fire Island beach

Fire Island beach by Alida's Photos
Fire Island beach, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Leaving Davis Park, a police patrol rides along the beach.

I've spent the last three days on the beach and the weather was perfect! My thinking is that I needed to squeeze in all the beach I could get since Labor Day is here and the weather will quickly cool down. Perfect weather!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

flooding river

flooding river by Alida's Photos
flooding river, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Hope you all recover soon!
The flood water has receded but many of you are without power. In this photo, taken on Sunday, the water pours out of the river onto a residential street.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Race Rock Lighthouse

Race Rock Lighthouse by Alida's Photos
Race Rock Lighthouse, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.
One of the lighthouses on our Lighthouse Cruise out of Greenport.

One of the engineers of Race Rock Lighthouse, Captain Thomas Albertson Scott, also built the seawall at Governors Island and the foundation for the Statue of Liberty.

It was a great cruise!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

North Dumpling, Fishers Island

North Dumpling Lighthouse was one of the lighthouses we saw on our Lighthouse Cruise. It leaves from Greenport. Check it out:

Friday, August 19, 2011

beach grass

beach grass by Alida's Photos
beach grass, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

The weather has been beautiful. The ocean waves have been calm and the water warm. It's been perfect beach weather, but last night's storm gave us a reality check. Enjoy the summer while you can!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

our visitors

our visitors by Alida's Photos
our visitors, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

The lamb and goat story...

On Wednesday, we were visited by a small lamb and goat. Thinking they just wandered from a neighbor's yard (some homes here are on one acre or more), we sent them back into the direction from where they came. Two hours later a Suffolk County police officer knocked on the door, looking for a lamb and goat. We told him that we saw the animals but they were no longer here.
An hour later, the goat and lamb returned. I called the police to inform them and the police sent three cars and three officers, one with the SPCA division. This was about 3pm on Wednesday. The men used our patio furniture to contain the animals in one area of the yard, near the canal, to limit their wandering.
They tried to find the owners of the animals with no success.
My husband and I had to leave by 7pm, so we left the two animals and three officers and a pile of patio chairs next to the canal in our back yard.
We returned at 9pm only to find the animals on our driveway, no police or SPCA, and a missing chair. Where could the chair be? In the canal of course!
Apparently, having no way to remove the animals and nowhere to place them, the officers left. The animals stayed and pushed their way out, sending one of our patio chairs into the water.

Next morning, the animals, still very comfortable in my yard, were eating my annuals and shrubbery. I called the SPCA again. After answering 20 questions from someone who obviously didn't know what I'm talking about, they eventually call me back and explained the situation. They cannot take the animals. There is no placement for them, and according to the lieutenant "...they called every farm, petting zoo and animal rescue group on Long Island and no one can take these farm animals..." I will just have to wait.

Friday morning, the cute little goat and lamb are still here. (We are becoming attached to them, honestly, but still don't want them here.) No calls from the police or SPCA either. I make, what happens to be, my last call to the SPCA. I answer another 20 questions and I'm told they will call me back.
I never get a return call. The SPCA and/or the police never returned my call!

By the end of the day, realizing I was on my own and there would be no help from a government agency, I start calling my animal-loving friends. Our friend Gail knows of a group, the Double D Bar Ranch. They rescue farm animals. We call them and in about one hour, they travel from Manorville to Bayport and pick up the animals. No problem!
Check out their web site.
Rich and Gay Devoe came and gently captured the animals with their bare hands.
Placed them into the back of an SUV and drove away!

The Double D Bar Ranch was set up to provide homes for prior abused or unwanted farm animals. This Is a Non-profit Organization 501 (c) (3) Approved. (All Donations Are Tax Deductible and All Funds Received go to the Animals. No Salaries or Administration Fees Are Taken, according to their web site.)
They are located at:

344 Wading River Road
Manorville, NY 11949-3444
Phone (631) 878-4106
Fax (631) 874-4024
Cell (631) 513-6828

I am writing about this and posting this to make everyone aware of these generous animal-caring people.
I want to thank them for responding so quickly and taking the animals in a loving and gentle way.
Thank you Rich and Gay!
If you'd like to help them, check out their website.
Read the stories and contribute a donation or volunteer to help!

Friday, August 12, 2011

great south bay race

great south bay race by Alida's Photos
great south bay race, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Last night (August 11, 2011) on the Great South Bay

A beautiful night on the water, calm breezes and warm temperatures.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Home of George B Post

I had an interesting day today.
Since I am on the House Tour committee for the Bayport Heritage Association, I toured the house built by George B Post.
The home, the Littlewood Estate, built 1896, is now for sale.
Since it is such a historic house and built by a well-known architect, the Heritage Association wanted to have it shown to the public.
It is not known what the new owner will do, how the house will change or even if it will remain standing (Yikees!).
It is a beautiful old home, with 9 bedrooms, servants quarters, trunk room, full basement and attic. It needs much updating but the right owner can do it justice and return this to the masterpiece it once was.
My wish is for its preservation, of course.

If you'd like to go on the Hour Tour, October 16, 2011, please comment to this post and I will send you more information to buy tickets, $25. There will be 5 or 6 homes on the tour as well as refreshments at the estate of Meadow Croft.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Phoenix Art Gallery, Bellport

Muttontown Preserve by Alida's Photos
Muttontown Preserve, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

This photo is for sale, on canvas, 14x14", at the Phoenix Gallery, Bellport. Canvas wrapped and ready to hang, profits go to the Brookhaven Arts Council.

Click here for address and directions:
Hope you will stop by and see the amazing photography of NWPLI, the Nature and Wildlife Photographers of Long Island.
Thank you!