Flying Machine

So would you strap a few gallons of gasoline in a plastic container and a very large fan behind your back and fly over the ocean????   I certainly wouldn’t but then I am not the adventurous type…well not when it comes to heights!   Watched this guy a few weeks ago on the south shore of Long Island, surprised he didn’t have a camera of some sorts with him, would have made some pretty cool shots!

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Snowy Owl

One of the items on my Long Island “bird”  bucket list was to see a snowy owl, a friend of mine has seen one for the past few winters and I was hoping to be as lucky.  WELL  today was my lucky day.   Headed down to the Hamptons area early on this cold but promised to be a sunny day.  I have been to this beach during the summer, but my first trip in the dead of winter…looks very different.  My hope was to find a snowy owl but was happy to be out and see what I could find.   First sighting was a sandbar filled with seals… not very good shots as they were in the distance quite a ways….

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Then I as I was scouring the landscape there was a brightish something that just didn’t seem right….so sure enough as I got closer and looked through the 300 mm lens there she was!  I was so thrilled!  Took a few shots, walked closer, took a few shots walked closer  🙂  you photographers know the drill, have to capture an image even if it is only a record shot and hopefully eventually get that great shot!!

 

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Immature female, Long Island NY

 

Well did get some good shots, but I think between the extender and the fact that I was so cold I was probably shaking the camera they are not as clear as i would have liked…but happy to have captured this pretty immature female Snowy Owl!

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Immature female, Long Island NY

 

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

The only lighthouse on the mainland of New Hampshire, Portsmouth Harbor Light (also known as Fort Point Light, New Castle Light, and Fort Constitution Light) was constructed in 1877 on the grounds of Fort Constitution, a Revolutionary War fortification.

Location: USCG Station Portsmouth Harbor, New Castle, NH
Hours: The lighthouse can be seen from Fort Constitution State Historic Site. However, the area immediately around it is NOT accessible to the public except during open houses. See the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Light web site for schedule.
Web site: Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Light

 

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I just love the history in New England.  This plaque commemorates the first victory of the revolutionary war in 1774! The lighthouse was not built until 1877, but this harbor was part of the revolutionary war.

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At the town’s incorporation in 1653, it was named Portsmouth in honor of the colony’s founder, John Mason. He had been captain of the port of Portsmouth, England, in the county of Hampshire, for which New Hampshire is named. In 1679, Portsmouth became not only the colonial capital, but also a refuge for exiles from Puritan Massachusetts

When Queen Anne’s War ended in 1712, the town was selected by Governor Joseph Dudley to host negotiations for the 1713 Treaty of Portsmouth, which temporarily ended hostilities between the Abenaki Indians and English settlements of the Province of Massachusetts Bay and New Hampshire

In 1774, in the lead-up to the Revolution, Paul Revere rode to Portsmouth warning that the British were coming, with warships to subdue the port. Although the harbor was protected by Fort William and Mary, the rebel government moved the capital inland to Exeter, safe from the Royal Navy. The Navy bombarded Falmouth (now Portland, Maine) on October 18, 1775. African Americans helped defend Portsmouth and New England during the war. In 1779, 19 slaves from Portsmouth wrote a petition to the state legislature and asked that it abolish slavery, in recognition of their war contributions and in keeping with the principles of the Revolution.[5] Their petition was not answered then, but New Hampshire later ended slavery.

Thomas Jefferson‘s 1807 embargo against trade with Britain withered New England’s trade with Canada, and a number of local fortunes were lost. Others were gained by men who acted as privateers during the War of 1812. In 1849, Portsmouth was incorporated as a city.[4]

Once one of the nation’s busiest ports and shipbuilding cities, Portsmouth expressed its wealth in fine architecture. It contains significant examples of Colonial, Georgian, and Federal style houses, a selection of which are now museums. Portsmouth’s heart contains stately brick Federalist stores and townhouses, built all-of-a-piece after devastating early 19th-century fires. The worst was in 1813 when 244 buildings burned.[4] A fire district was created that required all new buildings within its boundaries to be built of brick with slate roofs; this created the downtown’s distinctive appearance. The city was also noted for the production of boldly wood-veneered Federalist furniture, particularly by the master cabinet maker Langley Boardman.

The Industrial Revolution spurred economic growth in New Hampshire mill towns such as Dover, Keene, Laconia, Manchester, Nashua and Rochester, where rivers provided water power for the mills. It shifted growth to the new mill towns. The port of Portsmouth declined, but the city survived through Victorian-era doldrums, a time described in the works of native son Thomas Bailey Aldrich, particularly in his 1869 novel The Story of a Bad Boy.

In the 20th century, the city founded a Historic District Commission, which has worked to protect much of the city’s irreplaceable architectural legacy. The compact and walkable downtown on the waterfront draws tourists and artists, who each summer throng the cafes, restaurants and shops around Market Square. In 2008, Portsmouth was named one of the “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.[7]

Portsmouth shipbuilding history has had a long symbiotic relationship with Kittery, Maine, across the Piscataqua River. In 1781-1782, the naval hero John Paul Jones lived in Portsmouth while supervising construction of his ship Ranger, which was built on nearby Badger’s Island in Kittery. During that time, he boarded at the Captain Gregory Purcell house, which now bears Jones’ name, as it is the only surviving property in the United States associated with him. Built by the master housewright Hopestill Cheswell, an African American,[8] it has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. It now serves as the Portsmouth Historical Society Museum.

The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, established in 1800 as the first federal navy yard, is located on Seavey’s Island in Kittery, Maine.[9] The base is famous for being the site of the 1905 signing of the Treaty of Portsmouth [10] which ended the Russo-Japanese War. Though US President Theodore Roosevelt orchestrated the peace conference that brought Russian and Japanese plenipotentiaries to Portsmouth and the Shipyard, he never came to Portsmouth, relying on the Navy and people of New Hampshire as the hosts. Roosevelt won the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize for his diplomacy in bringing about an end to the War.

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 US Coast Guard Station in Portsmouth

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The Bench

 

I visited the coastline of New Hampshire over the weekend to attend my cousins wedding.  I’ve never been, actually never knew, that New Hampshire touched the Atlantic Ocean…What a beautiful area.  More photos to come, but this one is for Carol and Jude.  As I was walking along the path in Odiorne State Park this bench welcomes a rest overlooking the ocean. It was placed in memory of John Nelson and the inscription read “To laugh often and love much, to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children, to find the best in others and to give of oneself, to leave the world a bit better…this is to have succeeded” Emerson.  I know you have a bench thing going, but I don’t get the pingbacks and attaching etc. so I’ll just post it here and do my own dedication to you two.  I so enjoy your blogs!

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The Ocean

I grew up on the ocean, after high school I moved further inland but still went down to the ocean when I could, when my kids came along I would take them to the beach spring, summer, fall and winter, each season has it’s own personality.  There is something so calming about sitting by the sound of that roar, watching the waves hit the shore and then recede.  I’ve ridden on top of it, swam in it, lost a good friend to it, and miss it terribly…there is nothing like it.

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Red Fox

This little guy was walking along the road at Fire Island National Seashore, it was March so very few cars on the road.  I spotted him and stopped the car to watch him/her and managed to grab a few shots before he ran off into the dunes.

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Red Fox

The red fox, Vulpes vulpes, is the largest of the true foxes and the most abundant wild member of the Carnivora, being present across the entire Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, Central America and Asia.
 

 

Finally done with broken…

First I dropped my camera and couldn’t shoot for 6 weeks….then when I got it back it wouldn’t stop raining….then my PC decided to have a fit and it had to go to the hospital…My goodness I think I’m finally done with broken, now lets more on to my recent trip back home for my Besties surprise birthday party.  She and her hubby and I got lucky and had a beautiful day to go to the beach.

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American OysterCatcher

A large, boldly patterned bird, the American Oystercatcher is conspicuous along ocean shores and salt marshes. True to its name, it is specialized in feeding on bivalves (oysters, clams, and mussels) and uses its brightly colored bill to get at them.

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Piping Plover

A small pale shorebird of open sandy beaches and alkali flats, the Piping Plover is found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, as well as inland in the northern Great Plains. Because of disturbance by people, all populations are considered endangered or threatened

Birds in Flight

During an early morning walk along the shore of the West End of Jones Beach I came upon a flock (is that the correct term?) of Semipalmated Sandpipers. The have protected areas all along the southern ocean beaches of Long Island. Very skittish little guys, I did manage to catch them while they were scampering around on the sand, but once one spotted me they took off… and what a sight! They put on quite a show!
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Long Island visit

I grew up on the beaches of Long Island New York thinking that all those shorebirds were just Seagulls…yeah I know they had different colors and were different sizes, but I just figured they were old or young, not fully grown etc. I go back to LI every summer to visit my kids, my childhood friend and THE BEACH! This is my first trip back since discovering my fascination with birds, learning about them and identifying them….who knew there were all kinds of gulls 🙂
Monday morning I drove to Robert Moses State Park to watch the sunrise and work on decompressing…if this doesn’t relax you, nothing will!
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This guy was squawking like crazy…
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Another noisy one…
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A least Tern
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There will be more to come, I’ll close today with the Fire Island Light house. Happy to see all the repairs are completed from Hurricane Sandy.
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