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

Kempf Preserve at Wading River

Today was my first adventure out from my yard with the camera.  I spend Friday night searching possible places, I had originally wanted to go to the south shore /ocean but the weather was saying clouds so I stuck close to home. Edward and Dororthy Kempf Preserve at Wading Rivier is where I finally ended up, a short 5 min drive from the house.  Very peaceful place indeed.   I didn’t capture many photos as the canopy is quite full and not good light for shooting, but saw and heard quite a selection of wildlife.  The usual songbirds, some wild turkeys, deer, chipmunks, a few heron’s and if I am not mistaken I also heard a kingfisher.

So now that I am back on Long Island I don’t have to worry about running into feral hogs, or snakes HOWEVER, there is a “predator” here. My BFF warned me to wear long sleeves, long pants, and spray with bug spray.  I did follow her advise and assumed I would be OK….shortly after leaving the preserve I starting itching and feeling like I was getting bitten…figured I had just rubbed up against some bush that irritated my skin…no such luck.  I finally pulled my pants leg up and horrors……ticks, itty bitty , way too many ticks all over my legs.   I mean no bigger then the head of a pin,  if they hadn’t moved I never would have seen them.  YUCK!   showered and scrubbed and washed everything I was wearing in hot water.   Felt much better, but I won’t be visiting any treed areas again until after the first frost…that’s fine I’ll stick to the beaches  🙂

Here are the only two photos worth posting from this morning’s walk.  An immature Cooper’s hawk that was carrying on like a spoiled little boy 🙂   And there were plenty of deer along the trail, caught one before he saw me and took off.

Kempf Preserve, Wading River NY

Kempf Preserve, Wading River NY

 

Kempf Preserve, Wading River NY

Kempf Preserve, Wading River NY

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

Quogue Wildlife Refuge

It’s been months since I’ve had any “me” time…work, a wedding, commitments, fundraising etc….I’m finally able to have some  time to do what I am passionate about…photography.  I had my annual summer visit to NY last August and yes I am just now able to start looking at the photo’s I took 4 months ago.  My thoughtful DIL Noelle made it a point to set some time aside to take me to Quogue Wildlife Refuge,  a 300 acre non-profit nature preserve that was founded in 1934 and is home to diverse wildlife. The outdoor wildlife complex houses permanently injured wildlife that require human care to survive including a bobcat, owls, falcons, a bald eagle, foxes and other native NY animals.   This beautiful bald eagle arrived at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge in 1988, making him over 30 years old.  Unfortunately a gunshot wound resulted in the amputation of his left wing, leaving him unable to fly.

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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.