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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Autumn Orange

I associate pumpkins with halloween…BUT pumpkin pie?  Now that’s Thanksgiving!  I am now in the midst of farmland and every other mile is another farm stand, they all still offer the pumpkins.  Grabbed this shot last weekend as I was exploring.  I must admit, while most of my cooking/baking is from scratch, pumpkin pie is one of those things that I buy frozen and “bake” in my oven  🙂

 

 

Long Island north shore farms

Long Island north shore farms

Sunrise on a cold autumn morning

Trying to make time to get out with the camera, with still so much to do to finish off the new home I have to force myself to get out even if for only a few hours.  Last week I was at the Babylon docks to watch the sunrise and it was so nice to have a cloud free morning.  It was a bit chilly but so beautiful.

I will admit this photo has an enhancement.  I was contacted by Jane about a week ago offering a barter, she would provide me with a few free overlays if I would try them and then share them.  Good deal to me 🙂  I chose the Light Ray’s collection, thought it would be fun.   the image below was enhanced using https://sleeklens.com/product-category/photoshop-overlays/.  What do you think?  Would love to hear feedback

Taken from the Babylon docks on a cold autumn morning,

Taken from the Babylon docks on a cold autumn morning,

Home is Home

The title for this post is borrowed from the movie Brooklyn

We are making some significant changes in our lives over the next few months, very excited about it 🙂  Shooting time will likely be cut to 0%.  BUT, I do have thousands of old photos that I can go back to when I have a little time at night…which is what I did last night.

Oh those significant changes…? We are relocating back to NY!  Yeah   We’ve been in Texas for 10 years and the time has come to go home.   Along those lines thought I’d share a few images from our homestate…

Chrysler building

I doubt this image needs an  explanation, The Chryster building and the Brooklyn bridge are my favorite structures in the city.

 

brooklyn Beer

A little artistic license taken with this one.  The Brooklyn Brewery Sign.  Took this photo in 2012 while visiting my kids.  Saturday at the Brooklyn Flea Home, great food vendors and flea market. Below is an image from inside the flea market, just loved all the vintage items 🙂

Brooklyn flea market

 

This next image is from 2011, downtown when the Freedom Tower was under construction.  Love the body language on these guys, and I love the texture of the building

 

workers at WTC

Concluding this grouping with a world recognized icon, altho probably not seen often from this viewpoint

 

Lady Liberty Poster

Lady Liberty

Bobcat

As usual, if Saturday is predicted to be sunny, I will be out somewhere in search of that new bird.   This morning I decided I would visit VCDB aka Village Creek Drying Beds as I hadn’t been there for awhile.  The weather was beautiful and I was soooo enjoying the peacefulness.  Of course I also really want to take pictures 🙂   This was just not going to happen today, the ducks where too far away and spooked whenever I tried to get close,  my favorite songbirds were just not singing…. Oh well still enjoyed the 3 mile walk.  I was going to head to the car when I decided that one more walk down this particular path that usually provides luck was in order….too early to go home.   As I made my right I saw something in the path, I don’t carry binoculars as I have enough weight with all the camera stuff, I use my 400mm lens as my binoculars.   So put the tripod down, took a peek and WOW, there she was.   Bobcat sitting in the path.  I snapped a shot knowing it was not going to be clear but figured I wouldFirst sighting get one of those “documentary” photos so my husband would believe me 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walked a bit closer and she layed down, that seemed strange.   Took another shot.

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Walked closer and she decided she’d had enough of me and scooted into the brush.  So I continued to walk but as I did I realized that where she ran off to was water….didn’t think she would swim away so as I walked I kept an eye on the bushes, sure enough she was hiding behind some reeds.

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BobcatAs I turned around she came out of the bushes and scurried down the path away from me.

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Love the white stripe on the ears.

What a thrill!  I’ve seen many a photo of bobcats at VCDB but figured I’d never get one.

The Bridge

There is a story behind this bridge… This is the bridge that connects the “mainland” to the barrier beach in Suffolk County on Long Island.  There is another bridge that then connects to the other barrier beach known as Fire Island…for  those of you not familiar with Long Island…this can get confusing  🙂    So way back when I was in grade school and God was a child, I lived on Oak Beach which was a bridge ride to school every morning.  There were 3 families (with kids)that lived year round on the beach, it was myself, the McCroddens, and the Lynch’s. While the Lynch family had like 13 kids…the rest of us combined were 4.  The school bus came every morning…it was a full-sized school bus by the way….picked up the beach kids and drove us to the “mainland” to school in Babylon.  The original bridge that connected Babylon/Islip to Jones Beach was built back in 1951,   however the need for more lanes to the beach required a second bridge be built.  I cannot remember exactly how long it took, but we rode that school bus and watched the second bridge being built…It is hard to see in this photo, but there are 2 bridges side by side here.

This photo was taken at the Babylon Dock last year when I had my annual visit home, lots of stories at the Babylon dock too…but perhaps another time.40 x 13.5 pano bridge

Architecture and Research in Las Vegas

 

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Visited Las Vegas a few years ago with some friends.  Mike insisted that we take a ride to see this crazy building…just had to see it.  It was, in fact, something quite unique.   Totally enjoyed photographying it but never  checked it out any further.  When  my kids wanted a printed frame of it, I thought I would investigate further.  Turns out it is the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health building.  I’ve linked the Wikipedia information here, famous landmark for both architecture and fundraising for research and eduaction on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s Dieasess, Multiple Sclerosis and ALS.