Thursday, December 29, 2011

Winter Sunset

Winter Sunset, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
An early winter sunset on Long Island has it's own beauty. Cool December afternoons can produce some impressive "eye-candy".

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Icy Pond

Icy Pond, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Morning ice on the pond adds an exclamation point to the fact that it is indeed winter on Long Island. This snowbird is checking his wings.....

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
As the excitement and anticipation grows, rumor has it that the red suited one has been busy checking lists and tuning up his sleigh. At our house I see seven fish awaiting the oven!
Hope this finds you "home for the holidays". :)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Toy Land

Toy Land, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Holiday lights, children with wide eyes and plenty of joyful anticipation. 'Tis the season...enjoy!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Farewell For Now

Dawn, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Time to head north for some serious family Santa time! Life is Good.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Fisheye Xmas Duck

Fisheye Xmas Duck, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Meanwhile back on Long Island it's Holiday Time!.......Condo chaos continues as we prepare to wing it back to NY for some Christmas celebration. This holiday season is a bit of a frenzy in our world!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Morning Light

Morning Light, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Cheers for the quiet sunrise....and then back to contractors, estimates, furniture stores and more. It's all good stress if one can remain patient.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Sunrise Birds

Sunrise Birds, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
In spite of the chaos of condo remodel there is always time to appreciate the main attractions! AND...then back to the cleaning, scraping and painting.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

New Begingings

Sunrise, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Another Florida sunrise...and a flurry of nesting activity as we settle into our new winter home! Life is Good!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Jupiter Light

Warm sunshine, gentle breeze, and one very happy camper! Life is good.

Monday, December 05, 2011

Change in Latitude

And the snowbird's smile is from ear to ear...Florida...December...pinch me!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Playoff Time

December and once again it's crunch time for many teams in the NFL. Except for the talented few (Green Bay Packers) many NFL teams face elimination from the post season. December will separate the contenders from the mediocre as every game matters. If you're a fan here's to wishing your team a victory (unless they are playing the JETS!).

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Change In The Weather

The temperature of that delicious ocean breeze has turned sharply colder since this picture was taken. The last of Long Island's striped bass and bluefish have turned the corner on their trip south. I think I'll follow...

Friday, December 02, 2011


Under the bridge, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
"The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn."
David Russell
Now there's a sage observation!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Dune Light

Dune Light, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Long Island's iconic Fire island Lighthouse....The December chilly winds have arrived making walks on the beach a bit less appealing. Time for this snowbird to start packing. Life is good!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

November Beach

November Beach, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Yesterday was a real treat from weather central. Is it really the end of November on Long Island with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees? Yesterday's record setting high temperature for the date (69 degrees) is a far cry from the record low of 20 degrees. Enjoy it while it lasts. Keep an eye over your shoulder as the weatherman promises a very chilly weekend and a stroll on this beach will be much less comfortable!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Brief Interlude

Reading Chair, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
I love the "coming home"of family for Thanksgiving. The sharing of food, laughs, stories and good wine is it's own reward. Like all holidays Thanksgiving has evolved into more than just a day, we have the travel day, Black Friday, College Football-Left Overs Saturday, and Get Away-Sunday (when the relatives hit the turnpike). Lately, I have found another holiday reality that is equally as wonderful. It's rather nice to get one's home back and enjoy the solitude after helping to pack those mini-vans and waving goodbye. It's pleasantly quiet now and I do think that there just might be a enough left overs in the fridge for one more turkey sandwich.
I can't get too comfy though, it is after all Cyber-Monday and there are all those Christmas decorations in the attic! How many "shopping days" do I have anyway???

Saturday, November 26, 2011

End Of November

Reflections, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
The last of autumn color shows in reflections as November draws to a close. Can next weekend really be December? Like the osprey and the songbirds my compass is beginning to point south.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Time To Shop?

Street View, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
To shop or not. The much ballyhooed "Black Friday" is upon us. I see it thusly, I can go out, get in line, fight traffic and hope that I can buy that discounted gift ( praying that there is one left )... OR... I can stay home and eat leftover turkey and pumpkin pie. It's a no-brainer for me.
BTW: Is it me? Is it fair? Do I see "Black Friday" creep? Does "Black Friday" now start while some of us are still doing dishes on Thanksgiving?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Best, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
"A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues". ~Cicero

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Appreciation Energy

Departure, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
The day before Thanksgiving most of us are either traveling or we are cooking. Regardless, there's a good deal of energy that goes into saying Thanks with family and friends. More than just a meal, Thanksgiving is a day to count one's blessings and appreciate the gift of family, friends and loved ones! It's a special holiday and it's well worth the effort.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Traffic, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
The media keeps reminding us that tomorrow, the day before Thanksgiving, is the busiest travel day of the year. From what I hear, over 40 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home in order to share Thanksgiving dinner with family. They also tell us that 24 million of those travelers will be flying to their destination, so.. take your headphones and try to get an aisle seat. The rest of us will have to deal with a whole bunch of cars on the highways....Happy Thanksgiving, and be careful out there!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Stepping In

Stepping In, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
My wife and I feel like kids again. The excitement comes with finally finding our own piece of Florida where we will be stretching our snowbird wings! Life is Good.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Heavenly Vintage

Heavenly Vintage, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
This west side storefront struck me as a scene from 1970's New York. I decided to play a bit with post-processing in an attempt to give the image that 60's-70's film process look. Remember when photos were "developed" in a darkroom, not to mention waiting a week to see the finished product!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Catching Reflections

Catching Reflections, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
There is so much to learn about photography. I often shoot with a group of friendly fellow photographers and the conversation is always peppered with f/stops, focal lengths, shutter speeds, etc. I have come to realize however, that a major part of photography is all in the "seeing" (as opposed to just "looking"). I'm always amazed how one or two of our group members always seem to get "THE" shot because they saw something that I just "looked at". It's where the real talent is I suppose, creative people just see beyond the ordinary.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cool Shadows

Dune Fence, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
November afternoon shadows seem to pass quickly as the light sinks early on the horizon. The temperature seems to be dropping almost as fast as the sun!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Flower Tracks

Flower Tracks, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Nature's reclamation project, gardens between the rails along NYC's High Line Park.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Crowd

The Crowd, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
News Item: The world population has just exceeded 7 Billion. Seems as though the benchmark of the first Billion took over a thousands years, the following 6 Billion took a couple hundred years. While there's always room for one more, I for one am planning on getting that flu shot!

Monday, November 14, 2011


Color Panes, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
More from along the High Line...finding art in abandoned industrial space.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Street Sounds

B&W Blues, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
I'm a sucker for street performers. There's always something special about live music. While most of these artist are playing for handouts, I really do believe that they love what they are doing. They certainly add enjoyment to my city meanderings.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Pier 54

Pier 54, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Waiting for your ship to come in? I think I'll just appreciate the fall colors along the Hudson. Life is Good.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day Plaque, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Two postings today to express gratitude to our nation's veterans. (See the second post below.)

Veteran's Day

In a salute to all our veterans of all our conflicts I was struck by the pride in this old soldier. Joseph is a veteran of the Korean War and he is also the commander of the Long Island Camp of "The Sons of Union Veterans of The Civil War". Civil War buffs will know that the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) was founded in 1866 as the official Civil War veteran's organization. The GAR remained very active through the first half of the 20th Century, it's last surviving member died in 1956. By an act of Congress in 1954 the SUVCW was designated the legal heir to the Grand Army of the Republic. Today, full members must prove direct lineage to a Union veteran.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

High Line Hydrangia

High Line Hydrangia, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Autumn color along the High Line...Life is full of appreciations! :)

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Helm View

Helm View, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
While every day is a gift, some gifts are nicer than others. Long Island enjoyed a 70 degree November day yesterday. If you had the day off and your boat was still in the water you just may have spent election day on the water. It occurred to me as I stuck the camera out the helm window that this could just be the last time Recess returns to port this season. Life is Good.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

High Line Walk

High Line Walk, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
An elevated oasis in the heart of Manhattan's west-side, the High Line offers spectacular city views and a touch of Autumn color. A modern day stroke of green genius, the park has converted one and a half miles of urban blight into a natural garden/walkway. Put a stroll on the High Line on your "must do" list!

Monday, November 07, 2011

Stacked Up

Stack, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
A fisheye view of the old industrial and gritty New York is quite a contrast to the artsy and elegant new neighbors!

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Wall Art

Wall Art, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Some rather impressive "Street Art" found just off Manhattan's Highline Park...

Friday, November 04, 2011

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Autumn Afternoon

Autumn Afternoon, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Serenity on a November afternoon along the shore of the Connetquot River.....

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Data Buoy

Data Buoy, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
"Hey...what's that?" After more than a few years on the bay I've got that whole green buoy/red buoy thing down pretty well. Seeing a bright yellow buoy where there just has never been any buoy certainly got my attention recently. My curiosity led me to discover that the folks at Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences have been busy collecting data about the Great South Bay. A long range study of the bay's ecosystem has been utilizing instruments on these buoys throughout the bay. Buoy placement has been mostly in the "off season" as to not interfere with recreational boaters.
Yellow buoys.."who knew?"

Monday, October 31, 2011


Halloween, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Trick or Treat...I suppose I've become "grumpy" but I'm always glad when this holiday is over, it has changed so much over the years. It was always a fun holiday for kids and we carved a pumpkin the night before which pretty much was it for elaborate decorations. Adults and teenaged siblings helped the costumed little kids go about the neighborhood getting free candy. Many in my generation can remember being "too old" to go Trick or Treating, usually somewhere around Jr. High age. Later generations saw a pillow case and a can of shaving cream as an ideal way to extort candy from the neighbors and adults began to have lavish parties that did not include any children. ... So what has happened? Retailers now call the season "Falloween", consumers spend more on decorations for Halloween than any other holiday and The National Trade Federation estimates about $6.8Billion (with a B) will be spent this year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween has the highest proportion of alcohol related traffic deaths of any holiday. There are 3% more of these type of fatalities on Halloween than on New Years Eve!!
So...Happy Halloween and be careful out there!

Sunday, October 30, 2011


Philly Fan, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
I still love this shot of the napping Phillies fan! Hard to believe you've been gone a whole year. Thanks for the lessons, the laughs and the love.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Civil War Surgeon

Civil War Surgeon, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Members from the 67th New York/ 1st Long Island Volunteers gave a presentation through our local library this week. I'm always impressed with the realistic manner in which these docents present themselves. For them, it IS 1862. Of course, no Civil War presentation would be complete without the vivid and gory details of early battlefield surgical units. This always causes those in attendance to squirm and to also develop a newfound appreciation for anesthesia. (Myself included!)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

My Favorite Marsh

My Favorite Marsh, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Long Island's quiet side shows off the salt meadows decked out in fall colors.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Do Windows?

Big Job, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
This puts that window cleaning chore in perspective for me....

Monday, October 24, 2011

Foggy Morning

Foggy Morning, originally uploaded by Chris S Thorpe.
Looks like several canceled flights due to the early morning fog.