Saturday, December 31, 2005
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2006...
As the ball drops I am filled with a mix of anticipation, reflection and renewal. For me, it is a time to appreciate life's intangabiles of health, happiness and loving friends and family. I look forward to the new year with hopeful optimisim and a sense of adventure! The "Journey" continues! Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
Posted by Alida Thorpe at 12/31/2005
Friday, December 30, 2005
At the corner of 7th Ave. S and Greenwich Ave in NYC's Greenwich Village is a grassroots 9/11 Memorial....
Tile Park is a chainlink fence adorned with over 5,ooo handmade tiles from across the United States. Each pottery tile is a unique heartfelt and personal memorial to the victims of 9/11. This on- going project was started immediately after 9/11 by a local pottery store owner in Greenwich Village. While politicians continue to debate the final form of the Ground Zero memorial, this small and significant corner has positive energy all it's own.
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Holiday Greetings from Bryan's Bridge...
Signs of the season adorn the bridge crossing between Bayport and Sayville, long Island. Bryan's Bridge, which spans Brown's River, was dedicated in 1997 in memory of local resident Bryan Schneck who campaigned tirelessly for the bridge's restoration.
Posted by Alida Thorpe at 12/14/2005
Monday, December 12, 2005
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Friday, December 09, 2005
Historic Oyster House
This restored building at the Suffolk Maritime Museum was once Long Island's busiest oyster shucking and packaging site. Changes in the bay's salinity, caused by the hurricane of 1938, brought an end to the era of oystermen in the Great South bay.
Posted by Alida Thorpe at 12/09/2005
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Retired Clam Dredge..
During the vibrant years of the Great South Bay clamming industry this dredge could be seen working slow circles over the clam beds of the BluePoint Clam and Oyster Company's holdings. Today the dredge awaits the scrap metal salvage crew in her temporary berth along the Patchogue River.
Posted by Alida Thorpe at 12/07/2005
Monday, December 05, 2005
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Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Fire Island Ferry
Ferry service between Fire Island and Sayville continues on an abreviated schedule, conditions permitting, throughout the off season. This late November crossing has few hearty folks on the open upper deck.
As any golfer or boater knows, Canadian Geese have become year round residents along the Atlantic flyway. Perhaps they have worn out their welcome in your neighborhood as they "mark" their terratory.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Monday, November 28, 2005
The dock at the Barret Beach section of the Fire Island National Seashore is mirrored in the unusually calm water of the Great South bay. Calm days on the bay are few and far between.
Posted by Alida Thorpe at 11/28/2005
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
Thursday, November 24, 2005
A building with character........
An out building at Meadowcroft that is scheduled for restoration. Most likely a boat storage shed, it seems to have volumes of family summer stories yearning to be retold. It seems ironic that in saving this stucture through restoration something will be lost.
Posted by Alida Thorpe at 11/24/2005
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Ready and Waiting.....
The front porch of "Meadowcroft" the restored Roosevelt Family summer home. The former summer home of Teddy Roosevelt's first cousin David is located near the headwaters of Brown's River and has sweeping vistas of the saltmarsh leading to the Great South Bay. In the 1980's this archtectural gem was in disrepair and rescued by the Bayport Historical Society. The local fire department had scheduled a "burn" to train inductees in fire fighting techniques. Restoration continues and tours are available.
Monday, November 21, 2005
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Friday, November 18, 2005
I am a recently retired Long Island High School guidance counselor enjoying new found freedom after 34 years in education. I charge my inner batteries by being outdoors, I love fishing, boating, beaching, scuba diving, traveling and photography. I enjoy Manhattan walks, good theatre, a nice meal and a decent glass of wine. I am blessed to have my loving wife as dive buddy, travel companion, co-captain and overall ideal playmate. I come from a loving family and share the joy of having five wonderful grandsons.
Some of the best advice I have heard about this journey we call life was: "Work like you don't need the money, dance like nobody is watching and love like you have never been hurt."
Every River has a story..........
Brown's River is a safe harbor for many boats that call the Great South Bay home. Until recently, the bay was the largest supplier of little Neck Clams in the United States. In the past decade the industry has collapsed due to overfishing and the clam harvest is a mere trickle of it's past glory days. Clammers and clam boats were once as common a sight as seagulls. At this site, along this tired bulkhead clammers would end their day by selling off their day's efforts to buyers who would then bag and ship the catch nationwide.
Recently, The Nature Conservatory has begun a re-seeding program in protected clam beds throughout the bay. Perhaps their efforts will someday renew this wonderful resource.