Saturday, July 31, 2010

Tug Astern

It's always a good idea to glance over your shoulder from time to time....

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summer Concerts

The free summer concert filling the air with sound at the beach, the park or the local street fair has become a welcome mid-week diversion on Long Island. Summer, gotta love it!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Harbor Traffic

Knowing the nautical "Rules of the Road" really matters in New York Harbor!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Lefferts-Van Wyck Mill

Llyod Harbor's historic tidal mill, Long Island's last standing tidal mill, is in desperate need of restoration. The mill sits precariously on an eroding dam and is very vulnerable to the forces of nature.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Beach Get-Away

Dune Road, Westhampton Beach where million dollar summer "cottages" crowd the beach side by side is a busy spot on most summer weekends. Maybe a weekend "get-away" for some but a bit over populated for my tastes. In the not too distant past this stretch of beach was destroyed by storms, one can't help but think that the current residents are tempting fate.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Heat Wave

Three weeks into July of 2010 and they tell us the month has already set the record for heat. The weekend promises more uncomfortable temperatures with highs approaching the 100 degree mark. The good news is that I'm not standing in a long line at Disney World!! :-)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Night Shift

World Trade Center Site...Construction at the site is a 24 hour a day process. (photo best in large view)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Margaret Moran

The old Irish girl working the waters of New York harbor. I suppose my childhood fascination with tugboats continues.... (best in larger view).

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

Happiness is....

....a good lens and a good view. Some women would prefer having their nails done or perhaps a day of shopping but my wife smiles most with a camera in her hands!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Tidal Mill

The Lefferts-Van Wyck tidal mill and dam in lloyd Harbor shows excessive dam erosion. Stewards of the last remaining Long Island tidal mill say that the entire complex is unsafe and "a major storm" away from destruction. The surrounding pond and waterfront homes would also face environmental changes.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Let It Be

Buzz Off? Taking the sting out of getting too close, a 150mm macro lens! (best in large view)

Friday, July 16, 2010

Smile!

From the "Proud Grandpa" series....Learning that a request to "smile" does not involve hand signals!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Summer Visitor

Macro fun and trying to get close to nature can be challenging. This co-operative subject was very patient with me as I got as close as I dare. I also suspect that the recent dry weather leading to a shortage of wildflowers gave him cause to hang around! (Best in larger view, click on the photo)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Historic View

This view of Lloyd Harbor is from the last standing "Tidal Mill" in New York. The Lefferts-Van Wyck mill circa 1790 used tidal currents and an earthen dam to power it's impressive wooden gears. Serious erosion of the dam has forced the mill to be closed to the public, the entire site is in jeopardy due to a lack of funding for any type of preservation. The mill ceased operating in the late 1880's.

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Double Dare

Timeless childhood summer fun, after dark they'll be chasing lightning bugs!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Lunch

Not your basic three martini lunch, but a cold Snapple is just as welcome. I loved the way these WTC workers were watching the world go by as they obeyed the sign above and to the right of their group. (the NO STANDING sign is more visible in the large view, click on the image)

Friday, July 09, 2010

Off To The Races

A cultural formality remains in horse racing providing a sense of ritual and elegance. Sounds of the bugler's "Call to Post" echo throughout the park signaling riders to the starting gate. Here, an entry is being lead from the paddock to the track. Rituals at the betting windows, however, seem far removed from formal or elegant!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Take A Walk

Take a walk, watch the sun set or the moon rise. Few "free activities" in New York can top a stroll from Manhattan to Brooklyn on this architectural treasure. Life is good...

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Final Turn

...And headed down the homestretch. Photo fun at Belmont Racetrack in spite of the oppressive heat! (best in large view)

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Summer Sunset

A perfect sunset puts a finishing touch on yet another perfect day! Life is good....

Monday, July 05, 2010

Great South Bay Fireworks

Fireworks on the bay provide a spectacular end to the Fourth of July festivities. The boat traffic afterwards provided it's own form of entertainment!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Celebrate!


"Those who desire to give up freedom to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one". Benjamin Franklin


Saturday, July 03, 2010

Financial Fisheye



Closed for the long holiday weekend, a guarantee not to lose money until next week!

Friday, July 02, 2010

Demonstrative Mermaid

At the Coney Island Mermaid celebration I had a serious flashback experience. Just can't help thinking that we went to the prom together... or perhaps it was the Debutante Ball?

Thursday, July 01, 2010

A View From The Bridge

(Best in the larger view) The setting sun behind the manhattan skyline only enhances an early evening walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. I remember hearing early in my childhood that the best things in life are free, add this to the list!!