Thursday, November 30, 2006

I Know the Feeling...I met the poster child for Weight Watchers at Old Bethpage Village yesterday. :-)

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Misty Morning...When I went to crop this shot of morning mist on the canal I realized that the Blue Heron was in the shot. Like one of those "Where's Waldo" books...there is a crafty hunter in this image. Best seen in the large view (click on the picture).

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Good Morning!...Retiree entitlements: two newspapers, coffee and the time to linger. :-) Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 27, 2006

November Sunset...We have been enjoying rare early Spring-like temperatures for the last week of November, and change is on the horizon. :-)

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Shopping Season...And so it begins, overwhelmed/under paid chasiers at the end of very long lines of people trying to buy out-of-stock items. Drivers being rude in order to celebrate goodwill. A paradox of stress to enjoy Peace on Earth.

Me?...I'm shopping on-line. :-)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Thankful...for family, friends, and good times shared. Life is good (indeed, very good). :-)

Friday, November 24, 2006

Watercolors...late season reflections. Now...let the hectic shopping season begin. :-) Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving...May your day be filled with many reasons to be thankful. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Anticipation...Today is the day before Thanksgiving! Chances are that you are either traveling or you are busy in the kichen. They tell us that today is one of the nation's busiest days at the airports and that the highways will be jammed. Ironic that many hours of "traveling" are spent not moving. I'm thinking that patience needs to be the operative word for the day. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Walk This Way...and listen to the quiet. And lately, bundle-up! The last of the color in late November is on display. Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 20, 2006

Peaceful...Lots to be thankful for every day but this week is special. Perhaps the best holiday of the year, Thanksgiving is all about appreciating family, friends, good food and good fortune. No pressure to buy the "right" gift, just enjoy each other's company. Giving ourselves permission to over-indulge is a nice benefit as well. :-)

Sunday, November 19, 2006

And the Sun Came Out...After several dank and rain filled days it was time for a stroll to enjoy some fresh air. Out of the zip code but still nearby this is a shot from Bellport Village. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Die Hard Boaters...With the sun low in the late afternoon sky, a boat similar to ours (Parker) makes a pretty silhouette. When it's not raining, November has been rather mild this year with temps in the 60's making late season boating very comfortable. This is however, the wrong lattitude for December boating and I scheduled the inevitable yesterday. The boat will be hauled when the leftover turkey is all gone.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Pier into the Night...The weather here continues to be nasty making those outdoor shots a chore. This was taken at the local town marina, I was playing with the new tripod actually. Out of the camera it took on an eerie quality for me, like an interrogation waiting to happen.

The tripod opens up all sorts of low light opportunities but I'll be happy to see the sun again! Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Taking Flight...I feel honored that this guy has been spending his November mornings visiting us. While very beautiful at rest, he just simply dazzles me in flight. This shot was limited by the focal length and speed of my zoom lens, I'm finding him to be a challenging subject. Click on his wing for a larger view. :-)

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A Stream for All Seasons...The upper sections of the Connetquot River are very scenic and peaceful. I have taken photos from this vantage point at other times of the year but this mirror-like reflection of November color is hard to beat. Click on this image for a larger view. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Want to Get Away?...The stillness and quiet of a hike in Connetquot River Preserve is part of the special experience. AND...every once in awhile one is reminded that the 4,000 acre park in the middle of Suffolk County is an oasis in the midst of suburban sprawl. The Islip McArthur Airport borders the park's Northeast boundary, hikkers and fishermen get to check aircraft landing gears up close. :-) Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 13, 2006

Frequent Visitor...Becoming a regular fixture, the Great Blue Heron is apparently getting more comfortable just hanging out in the yard. I was able to take a few photos from the patio. In the past he would fly as soon as we opened the back door. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, November 12, 2006

November Beach day...We spent the day sailing to the beach as Kevin and Ragan came up for a visit. It was a rather eventful day for Ragan who got her "second ever" Atlantic Ocean view and her "first ever" sailboat ride. In spite of the cool temperature, she found the urge to wet her feet irresistible. Hey...she was at the beach. :-) Posted by Picasa

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Thank a Veteran...Another shot of the Long Island VietNam Veterans Memorial. Seems appropriate today.

Friday, November 10, 2006

A Walk in the Woods...A short stroll in the woods turned into a five mile hike through Connetquot River Preserve yesterday. This guy was actually lying down just off the trail, he was as curious about us as we were about him. It was a beautiful, warm November morning to confuse the blue trail from the red trail. I suspect that the illegible map provided by the park office was drawn up by someone who failed geography and has serious spatial relationship issues. It was, however, a perfect day to get a little lost in the woods. :-) Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 09, 2006

November Rain...With both the rain and the leaves falling the sunroom ceiling took on an icy appearance yesterday. Much too wet of a day for attempting any outdoor shots. It's not the weather that makes photography challenging, it's this photographer's lack of creative thought process. :-)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Painted November Sky...We are in for a few days of rain before we get to see another evening sky like this one! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Day...It's time to just shut up and vote. It's not a day to be cynical, if I don't vote then I am part of the problem and not part of the solution. I have often thought that in order for one to have a vocal political opinion proof of having voted should be required. Cliches' abound in regards to Election Day but the bottom line is if you don't open your mouth to speak, there is no chance of being heard. Speak Up! Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 06, 2006

Plenty of Room...Sailor's haven, Fire Island. Okay, so it's a bit cooler now but any weekend during the season it is difficult to find a place to anchor here, let alone tie up in a slip. It's still a beautiful spot that has an even more unique feel to it in the off-season. Friday, in sweatshirts and jackets, we had our pick of spots in the marina and we were fortunate to see deer, hawks and a low flying osprey with a fish in it's talons. Finish the afternoon with a glass of red wine and "snicky-snacks" and it's not such a bad way to spend a clear, cool November day. :-) Posted by Picasa

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Painting the town red...Some people just know how to party!
The city was in gridlock form yesterday and absoluetly mobbed in anticipation of today's big Marathon Race. The 37,500 estimated runners were in town with family and friends in their entourages. It sure seemed as if they all were milling about Times Square early Saturday evening, the sidewalks were at full capacity.

The senior citizens in this shot were still celebrating the final curtain of George Bernard Shaw's "Heartbreak House" circa 1918. Party on dudes...! :-)

Saturday, November 04, 2006

That time of the Season...The boats are coming out of the water on Long Island. Local town slips must be vacated by the 15th of the month or the Harbor Police impound them. I have always wondered about that policy..if the town impounds someone's boat where do they take it? The town marina that they want empty for the winter? Anyway, soon the only boats on the bay will be the ones in private slips.

Upon a closer look at this dingy "For Sale" purists will note that it really is a classic. See "Pete Culler". Clickon the image for larger view.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Lady With a Tripod...After awhile it becomes a little daunting to post a photo-a-day that is creative or different. At times I feel as though the entire zip code has been recorded for posterity. Must be time for a "road trip" :-)

The early sunsets are putting on a show and are hard to rsesist, the new tripods are getting a workout!  Posted by Picasa

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Shadows on a Sail...Never pass up the opportunity to use the bathroom and never say "no" to an invitation to go sailing on someone else's boat. Yesterday was unusually warm for the start of November with a light breeze and a perfect sky. There are few nice boating days left in this season and yesterday was a perfect day to be on the water.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

"...and the sky put on a show for free." Sometimes just looking out the window can be a jaw dropping experience. The last sunset of this October was just such a moment. Fortunately I had the tripod setup and ready to go, this was shot at 1/5 of a sec. ( slow) at f11. Though not a technical masterpiece it did capture the moment and a really special sunset, no fancy photoshop effects here. This is pretty much right out of the camera with just a little sharpening.