Saturday, December 31, 2005

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!

Friday, December 30, 2005

Personal 9/11 pottery tile memorials....
Started by pottery store owner Lorrie Veasey, this fence surrounding a NYC municipal lot in Greenwich Village now holds over 5,000 personal messages of art for the victims of 9/11. ( see previous post)

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.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Thin ice...
Winter arrives at Timber Point on Long Island's south shore.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Sunday, December 25, 2005

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Monday, December 19, 2005

Music For Sale...
New and Used: tools of the trade, New York City.

Waiting tables....
Picnic tables spend the off-season well above the high water mark at Fire Island's National Seashore.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Friday, December 16, 2005

Ghost of Christmas Past...
Spending the winter on the deck of a closed beach house on Fire Island this riderless and rusting tricycle seems frozen in time.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Wall Spirit
A lone garden icon appears to anticipate the coming of the winter solstice. Click here for information related this celestrial event.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

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.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Early Morning Hunter
A Great Blue Heron using stealth and patience to find an early meal in the shallows.

Light Breeze

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Photo Friday Entry for 12/09/05...."Weight"

Ashley Jeanne
Resting dockside, Ashley waits for her crew to arrive at the West Sayville Marina on Long Island's south shore.

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.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Just another clown on the train........
The Holiday Season has arrived in NYC!

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.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Blue Snowball
The season's first snowfall converts a hummingbird feeder into a festive holiday ornament.

Skyview NYC

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Manhattan's East River
The North view, from the 59th Street Bridge.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Late Morning Light
The November sun casts long shadows earlier in the day on Meadowcroft's restored front porch.

Friday, December 02, 2005

This relic of a clam boat, hidden in the underbrush, had missed yet another season on the bay.

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.

Geese Aplenty...
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

Window of opportunity.....
Meadowcroft Estate at Sayville, NY

Monday, November 28, 2005

Calm Reflections.....
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.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Dory being restored......
Lovers of wooden boats volunteer their time to restore classic hulls at the Suffolk Maritime Museum. This work in progress is a rowing dory used in seine netting and oyster fishing.
For more information about the museum Click here

Friday, November 25, 2005

Photo Friday Entry
"Yellow"..... Friday 11/25

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.

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.

Robert Moses Bridge at Fire Island Inlet

Monday, November 21, 2005

Late November and the Fire Island Light keeps watch........

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Long Island's VietNam Memorial
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VietNam Veteran's Memorial ....thoughtful moments...
One week after the Veteran's Day Ceremonies tokens remain and inspire reflection.
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Friday, November 18, 2005

My Profile

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.

Save me, scrape me.......paint me.

We all need a lift from time to time.....

Lonely pilings in November along Brown's River