Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Eighty Days Until Spring

Star-Magnolia-Tree


































Today is the last day before our new year. There is something sweetly melancholy about celebrating New Years Eve. I look forward to a new beginning yet I feel sad for the time that has passed. For me it is always a time to reflect. I usually stay home and count my blessings. I get a similar feeling when the seasons change.I clearly remember the day I happened upon this tree with my son. There was a warm breeze, yet it was still a little cool and seeing this beauty before us somehow made us both giddy. I posted a close up of this tree's flower last April hereHappy new year my friends!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

a sweet spot




under the cherry tree and the grapevine. this is my favorite place to enjoy my coffee while sitting in the early morning sunshine. I took this photo soon after I took this other one. I thought we could all use a bit of summer today to help those of us struggling through the winter. have you ever gotten the chance to go somewhere warm in the winter?

Monday, December 29, 2008

fallen tree





though I am only guessing this fallen tree was due to stormy weather just days before, I can not say for sure. I took this photo while hiking in early november at the uplands farm nature sanctuary. please go here if you would like to see a more tranquil view of the sanctuary. it is one of my favorite places in long island.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

one last decoration...





with only four days left until the new year, I would like to share some photos related to posts I have done throughout this past year. I picked a photo from each season of the year and will be posting a different one each day through wednesday.
the day I took this photo was the day I visited the st. james general store . I thought the shadows on the wall evoked a sense of warmth and coziness I associate with being inside during the harsh winter months. this is also part of
the shadow shot sunday meme in australia, thanks to hey harriet.
please go here if you are interested in more lovely shadows from different parts of our world.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

surreal bear

Blow-Up-Happy-Hanukkah-Bear-with-Dreidel


































these blow up decorations are surreal looking to me in general, but this giant bear with dreidel is especially surreal. I actually took this photo on monday when it was freezing outside. it's hard to believe the temperature is rising to the mid 50's later this afternoon.


Friday, December 26, 2008

last december skywatch





this looks so much worse than it actually is. This factory is a processing plant that efficiently breaks down garbage and the smokestack is actually letting out steam. I wish I could remember the name of it. I pass it when driving on the meadowbrook parkway over by westbury. does anyone know what it is called?
for more beautiful skywatch pictures, please go here.
happy friday everyone.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

merry christmas everyone!





the waiting is over...now for the presents! and to those who do not celebrate christmas it is my wish that you have the day off or if you are working, I hope you are getting paid overtime.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

wondrous


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this nativity scene is displayed in front of chaminade, an all boys catholic school in mineola.

wondrous is my word for the letter w. for me there isn't a better way to describe a story such as the birth of jesus christ. it is truly a wondrous story.
merry christmas everyone.
if you'd like to see more illustrations for the letter W, please go here.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

God is Love





I pass this sign at least twice a week. it is posted outside the
westbury friends school. although this is a quaker school it is open to all children. a few feet from this sign, there is a larger one that reads, save darfur. I find seeing these signs of social conscience very inspiring. when I went to the school's website I was happy to see the Obama family is sending their daughters to a quaker school.
long island is filled with many different people who are free to practice what they believe in. today's post represents part of my world, a place where I am happy to be among such a diverse group of people.
if you'd like to see bits and pieces of other places around the globe, please go here.

Monday, December 22, 2008

happy hanukkah





this week is a week filled with holidays that many long islanders plan on celebrating. Today is the first day of hanukkah. happy hanukkah my dear friends!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

still snowing...





driving home from christmas shopping early last evening I decided to try and photograph this christmas tree with blue lights. The sun had just set and it was still snowing. the best thing about snow is how quiet it makes everything. happy sunday everyone.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

the big news of the day...





though it wasn't our first "snow" it was our first snow storm. people actually left work early hoping to avoid a hazardous rush hour. some schools canceled classes in anticipation of the storm. others had early dismissals. I was lucky to be able to fit all my long distance driving in early in the day before it got icy. I took this photo while exiting the gas station. I was actually hoping to get a shot of the dunkin donuts across the street when this truck drove by blocking the building entirely. doesn't this look like a town out in the country somewhere?

Friday, December 19, 2008

snowflake skywatch





taken from a different vantage point, these are the very same snowflakes I photographed last november. if you'd like to see what these snowflakes look like during the day, please go here. today is skywatch friday. this week I wanted to depict how quickly darkness settles into the day around this time of year. this photo was taken at about 5:15 PM.
please go here to visit other more beautiful skywatch photos from all over our planet.
happy friday everyone.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

snowman with the claus family





there seems to be a hodgepodge of everything in this display I found over at hicks nurseries. every year they set up an animated story that is especially neat for the little ones. at the end of the walk through they have a collection where you may contribute to help feed the hungry on long island.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

snow trees





I was heading towards the bethpage parkway when I felt like I was somewhere in upstate new york. after working inside all day the beauty in being surrounded by snow covered trees was a welcome reprieve.
if you click on the photo you can see the same traffic circle at the end of this road that is at the end of the video in the above parkway link.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

an army of christmas cheer





without fail this house decorates their front lawn for every holiday throughout the year. their christmas decorations standing all in a row at the ready remind me of a small army. with christmas being a mere ten days away, everyone in our neighborhood seems to be putting up their holiday decorations.
if you'd like to see what is happening in other parts of the world, please go here to that's my world tuesday, generously hosted by klaus, sandy, ivar, wren, fishing guy & louise.

Monday, December 15, 2008

best trees in town merry christmas






that's exactly what the sign said at the entrance way to the lot where we go to buy our christmas tree every year. I like this place because it reminds me of something from when I was a kid, vacant lots turning into make shift nurseries selling christmas trees. charming isn't it? this year a gentleman greeting people as they walked into the lot suggested the frasier tree. he said the needles don't fall off as quickly, though they are more expensive. I thought it might be worth it since we like to keep our tree up at least until after new years. last christmas was supposed to be the last year this vacant lot would be used for this seasonal tree selling. it was to be developed, so we heard. I guess with things being the way they are we were lucky our favorite place to get a tree was still around for one more christmas. sorry I'm not sure I know what town they are in, it might be in west babylon. I know it's on route 109 heading west passed the southern state parkway. a few years ago we were just driving around looking for a christmas tree & pretty much stumbled upon it. we've been back ever since.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

santa claus on main street


please click on photo to see santa and his helpers up close


well he's actually on conklin street but main street is right around the corner. every year the fire department in the village of farmingdale drives santa around so he can wave hello to all of the children in the neighborhood. they usually do this two weeks before christmas. you can always hear them coming because they blare the fire sirens and as they get closer you hear christmas music too. if you open your front door santa's helpers will hand deliver your youngsters a candy cane too. it's really quite nice, this farmingdale tradition.
yesterday I was waiting at a stop light when I happened to pass by santa making his rounds. I saw this shadow shot & thought it was perfect for the season. if you'd like to see more shadow shots, please visit hey harriet over here.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

holiday music at the RexCorp Plaza...





was formerly known as the eab plaza. last night we had the pleasure of watching the locust valley suzuki group perform in the atrium of the eab building on hempstead turnpike in uniondale. it was an amazing performance well done by a group of young talented violinists. notice the beautiful tree in the background out side.
have you put up your holiday decorations yet?

Friday, December 12, 2008

rainy sky with snowflakes too


please click on photo to get a better view of the snowflakes


can you see them? the closest one is over on the left in the trees. while driving down jericho turnpike last night during rush hour it was raining buckets. the rain isn't very obvious in this photo but you can see how wet the street is. sorry for the rainy skywatch folks. it's just all that seems to be happening lately! if you'd like to see more beautiful skywatch photos from all around the world, please head on over to here.
the sky has been grey and rainy for the last two days. well, with the exception of this sunset blue. then again there is no sun, but you know what I mean...I wish it were snow instead. when is the last time you had a snow day?

Thursday, December 11, 2008

past & presents ltd. in sayville





I love this display. whoever was responsible for this should be very proud, I wanted to buy everything I saw on this table! if you ever get the chance to visit sayville, check out this gift shop. it's in an old but beautiful brick building on main street.
have you started your holiday shopping yet?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

the sayville chocolatier





unique in its look & feel of days gone by, the sayville chocolatier is another fine establishment in sayville. what could be better than walking into a room that smells like chocolate? I don't think I have ever seen a more perfect confectionery. I'm not sure which I liked more, the chocolate or the way this lovely shop was decorated. if I had a wide angle lens you would be able to see the curved glass case filled with homemade chocolates. they even had one of those big old fashioned silver radiators keeping the place toasty warm. my son and I purchased some delicious chocolate truffles, he the caramel & I the fudge.
my word is unique, representing the letter u. if you'd like to see more illustrated u's please go here. thank you mrs. nesbitt, our host of today's meme, abc wednesday.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

christmas shopping in sayville


please click on photo to see greater details of angels and such...


I haven't been to sayville in years so I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this lovely gift shop by the name of village gift shop. this establishment has such a warm inviting atmosphere making all of the beautiful items for sale look even more beautiful. and there is nothing like a well appointed shop to get you in the mood for holiday shopping. this place was especially fun because they have a mix of moderately priced things mixed in with the pricey stuff. I'll definitely be back.
this post is participating in that's my world
tuesday's meme. if you would like to see a bit of someone's world or perhaps join in and share a bit of yours, please go here.

Monday, December 8, 2008

the weather outside is frightful





every year for as long as I can remember this house always puts up this gigantic wreath. I think it is amazing that people decorate their houses like this year after year without fail. It really is a gift they are giving to anyone who might pass by. who doesn't pause to admire pretty christmas decorations? you might also happen to notice the light blanket of snow on the ground. saturday night it started flurrying and didn't stop until this morning.
have you put up your christmas decorations yet?

Sunday, December 7, 2008

wonderbread colors





if you click on this photo to enlarge it, you can see the pretty colors inside the balloon shadows. I took this unexpected shadow shot while waiting at a red light. it wasn't until I got home that I noticed what the signs said. I wonder if this store will make it?
if you want to see more shadow shots, please visit hey harriet's shadow shot sunday here.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

gifts from god





this post is dedicated to my grandmother, a native long islander for ninety two years, may she rest in peace. pictured here is a christening gown my grandma made for my baptismal. only in this photo you see my son wearing it for his baptismal. grandma also knitted the blanket my son was laying on. there is more history regarding this christening gown than family tradition though. my grandfather worked for grumman. founded in 1929, grumman's was the largest single corporate employer in long island during the cold war. in the early sixties when my grandfather worked there, my grandmother entered this christening gown in a competition sponsored by grumman and she won first place. I was always so proud of her for that.
today we are laying my grandmother to rest. please god bless her and everyone else who is mourning a loss.
R. I. P. Grandma, we love you.

Friday, December 5, 2008

winter skywatch





ever so slowly winter is creeping in. here you can see the grey cloudy sky as the sun goes down. all the leaves are nearly off the trees. this photograph was taken driving home during rush hour. traffic was slow giving me pause to stop and notice the sky. I thought the street light was a colorful bright spot in this nearly monochromatic sky.
please go here to see more beautiful skywatch pictures from around the world. you are going to love this weeks photo on their main page. so make sure you click on the link to see it, it is brilliant!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

mr. cheapo


please click on this photo to see what is hanging in cheapo's window.


my super smart music minded nieces alerted me to this establishment. located on the always busy jericho turnpike in mineola, mr. cheapo is the place to go to for gently used CDs as well as other assorted media. the best part is- they're cheap! but in a good way, like you don't have to spend a lot of money & you still wind up with something worth paying money for. I know in these times that must be music to your ears, har-har.
they also sell cool band posters and funky patches you can sew onto your t-shirt if you'd like. if you are looking for something classic, chances are you will find it here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

t is for torrential...


please click on this photo for a real treat


it wasn't snowing outside last sunday morning, it was sleeting! & much to my surprise, this is what I saw when I got into my car. I've always loved the designs that ice storms make. then it started to rain! I heard it coming from a distance like a giant wave, just like it does in a torrential downpour. I quickly grabbed my camera hoping to catch this design before it was completely washed away.
at last, we've had a slight reprieve from the frigid cold. monday actually felt like spring. sunday when the weather was more like the above photograph, I noticed lots of stark dark trees with black limbs and not any leaves, much like the one in this picture. there are 18 days until it is officially winter. then at least our days will start to get a little longer!

if you'd like to see more pictures beginning with the letter t, please go here & see what mrs. nesbitt has got cooked up.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

st. james general store




every christmas, my world includes a tradition where my son and I spend at least a couple of hours shopping for gifts in our neighborhoods country store. sadly that very store closed down this year. wondering where we could go to carry on our tradition, I luckily remembered the st. james general store. I knew that it was an old store but I didn't know it is the oldest operating general store in the united states. and it's right here on long island, though I did remember that part!
the original owners name was ebenezer smith and he built his store in 1857. it soon became the central meeting place for the surrounding community where the very first telephone was installed in their village.
out of everything in the store, I liked the old wooden floors & ceiling the best. it's
the kind of detail that lends the store its charm. my son thought the best part was their old fashioned coke bottles they kept cold and ready for paying customers. it looks like we'll be heading back that way next year. we both agreed it was definitely worth the ride.
please go here to check out other more interesting stories from all around the world.
& a big thank you to klaus, sandy, ivar, wren, fishing guy & louise for hosting this meme!

Monday, December 1, 2008

listening is an act of love...on long island

I just received this notice from amy weinfurter, that Dave Isay, founder of StoryCorps, will be sharing stories and answering questions december 2, 2008, at the Van Nostrand Theatre of Suffolk County Community College at 7:00 PM. amy wrote,

StoryCorps is thrilled to be returning to long island, where many of our participants hail from, and would love to join the vibrant description of life featured on Long Island Daily Photo. For more information about "Listening Is an Act of Love" please visit http://www.storycorps.net/book/book-tour. To learn more about and to rsvp for this event, please visit http://wshu.org/events/conversation_main.php.

just in case you were interested... I thought it looked like a fun event!

maximus, a long island beauty salon





notice anything odd about this picture? when you first look at it, this salon looks empty. upon closer inspection a very observant person can see there are a bunch of people reflected in the mirrors.
I don't know, maybe that's not so odd. maybe it's more odd that the beauty salon is busy on a sunday, especially in this economic climate.

whatever the case may be, please go here and scroll down katney's side bar if you'd like to see more "odd" shots. thanks katney!
here's wishing you all have a great week everyone.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

christmas wreaths at home depot




























unfortunately I wasn't christmas shopping at the home depot this weekend, but I couldn't help noticing the shadows displayed amongst the christmas wreaths while shopping for household supplies. the sun was streaming inside the outdoor section of the store causing even the most mundane things to appear extraordinary. it always amazes me how light transforms everything. thanks to dear tracy over at hey harriet's, if you'd like to see more shadow shots, please go here.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

bond... james bond





in america it is a popular tradition to go to the movies the night of or the day after a big holiday. last night I finally got to see quantum of solace. I always like the beginnings of james bond movies. the graphics and music in this one were no exception.
when is the last time you went to the movies?

Friday, November 28, 2008

skywatch over track and field


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walking through my neighborhood on a very cold Autumn late afternoon, the sun was starting to go down when I noticed these clouds floating above a group of buildings across the middle school's track and field. I noticed the sun seemed to shine only in the background of this scene while the foreground had a shadow over it. the light made me ponder how different the sky is this time of year. the days are shorter and before you are ready for it, the daylight hours come to a quick end and it's suddenly dark out. according to sunrisesunset.com, on this very day we only have nine and a half hours of daylight in new york. I don't know if I ever get used to such short days.
if you'd like to see more beautiful skies, please go here.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

happy thanksgiving





I wanted to dedicate today's post to everyone who is spending thanksgiving alone. maybe it is someone who is in a hospital or a nursing home or someone who has family and friends that are far away. whatever the case may be, happy thanksgiving to you.
I also wanted to say thank you to everyone who stops by here to pay me a visit. I love writing this blog, but it wouldn't be any fun without you, so thanks.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

snowman in the suburbs





does anyone remember that winter about ten or so years ago when it seemed like every week we had a blizzard? it snowed so much, we were literally snowed "in" on a regular basis. this photo was taken around easter time. yes, it was a long winter that year!
today is abc wednesday and the letter for the week is S. I don't know why I thought of snow right away. according to this article, the farmer's almanac predicts an unusually frigid winter this year while the national weather service predicts a warmer than usual winter. I keep thinking we are going to get lots of snow. what do you think?
if you'd like to see other representations of the letter S,
please go here.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

this is my world...


please click on this photo for added details


and this beautiful sconce at the gerald schoenfeld theatre is a big part of it. living in long island allows one easy access to broadway shows and broadwaybox.com makes it somewhat affordable. last sunday I got to see Arthur Miller's play, all my sons. I enjoyed it immensely. the play was quite sad, but the actors were all such exceptionally passionate performers, I just couldn't take my eyes off of them. they were so intense, I wondered if they must be completely drained after their performance. each one of the characters seemed to be able to draw you into the story a bit more than the last, leaving you wanting to know how it all could possibly turn out. it was so good. sad, but good.
leaving the show, we quite unexpectedly stumbled upon the stage door where the actors exit after the show. barricades were set up to allow them a free passage way in which to walk. Diane Wiest came out first, signed a few autographs and quickly got into her car, then Katie Holmes did the same. I had wanted to ask Ms. Wiest to sign my playbill, but I became starstruck as she walked right next to me! I couldn't get the question out, but I did manage to tell her she was great in the play. the autograph seekers broke into applause when John Lithgow exited and the excellent Patrick Wilson was last. I managed to get both of them to sign my playbill. they were so patient and obliging with their sharpies at the ready. in between the stage actors exiting, mary tyler moore and meryl streep both separately left the theatre as well. I'm guessing they were backstage visiting the actors from the show.
personally, I can't get enough of broadway. I think it is one of our greatest forms of entertainment ever. just seeing the show was really enough, but I had to share this experience with you because it was completely unexpected and so much fun. it also seems like this is what makes new york, NY!
if you want to see other stories from around the world, please go here.

Monday, November 24, 2008

giant frosty anyone?


please click on photo to see greater detail


do you think this is odd? I kind of like these kitchy kind of things. I think most people love a home cooked meal more than anything but fast food can be a quick way to get a cheap meal making it a very tempting proposition. personally my favorite fast food is pizza. what's yours?
if you'd like to see some other "odd shots" go here and check out katney kaboodle's blog roll on her sidebar.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

christmas tree with sea shells





I wonder if people in other parts of the world share plants with their neighbors. I'm guessing that of course they must. my neighbor has an especially green thumb and is always offering me extra plants that seem to sprout up out of no where all around his yard. earlier this fall I was over his house digging up a crepe myrtle when he offered me this little christmas tree as well. I thought I would plant it in this pot & keep it by my door so I could look at it all winter. it turned out that today it was casting lovely shadows as well. if you would like to see more illustrated shadows please go check out hey harriet's shadow shot sunday over here.
happy sunday everyone!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

last leaves


please click on photo to see more leaf details


winter is approximately one month away but you would never know it from the cold snap we've been having. it's been absolutely frigid the last couple of days. the weather seems way to cold for this time of year! thursday's wind nearly finished taking what was left of the leaves. I wish the autumn didn't go by so fast. luckily I came upon this tree with a few golden leaves brightly shining just as the sun was going down. tomorrow I will try and do some last minute gardening. what type of plans do you have for the weekend?

Friday, November 21, 2008

skywatch over marcus avenue


please click on photos for greater detail


we have had dull grey skies all afternoon. it wasn't until I was headed into this office building when I spotted something interesting enough for today's skywatch post. there are two skies here, one in the window's reflection and the other just above the building. this office complex in new hyde park is huge and takes up quite a bit of space. the cool thing is, is that there is
a lot of room for the big open skies that surround it. as I was leaving the parking area I saw this next scene.
if you would like to see more beautiful skies from all around the world, please go here.
enjoy your weekend everyone!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

snowflakes on main street





it's that time of year again. these holiday lights were just put up a couple of days ago. I drove by tonight and noticed they aren't lighting them yet. I remember seeing them last year and they really looked pretty lit up as the sun was going down. the sky was getting darker but still had some blue in it and there was just enough contrast for the warm color of the lights to compliment the cobalt blue in the sky.
do you notice all the power lines in the corner of this photo? I know, they are kind of hard to miss. at least they aren't too noticeable when it's dark out.
do you like holiday decorations?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

religion


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the letter for today is R, so I decided my theme for today's meme would be the word religion. I've been wanting to photograph the united methodist church in farmingdale for a while. the light seemed perfect so I finally snapped away. moments later, I happened to hear the artist Sting talking about his music being a religion to him. he then went on to explain that the word religion actually means to connect. I looked it up only to find out that yes indeed,the origins of the word religion mean to tie, fasten or bind. one thing I truly admire about long island is how many religions peacefully co-exist here. in my small town alone there are at least 8 different churches and one quaker meeting house.
please go here if you would like to see other illustrations of the letter R.
thank you mrs. nesbitt for hosting abc wednesday!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

queens county farm museum





yes we have farm animals here on long island. in fact, this is the largest working historical farm in the city. dating all the way back to 1697, it is open year round seven days a week. if you are so inclined, there is a gift shop on the premises where you can buy feed to give to the livestock. please go here if you would like more info about this interesting piece of history and farmland.
when is the last time you have been on a farm?

Monday, November 17, 2008

my local library, a clean well lit place






has anyone ever seen the film wings of desire? remember the scene where they show people in a library with angels over their shoulders encouraging them to read? that is what I always think of when I am in the library.

I love farmingdale's library. it is such a perfect place to go to if you are looking for something to do. they have two big bookcases in the front with all of the latest releases, a huge CD rack & rows of DVDs. they even have books on tape. the large children's library has its own wing within the main library and downstairs are several rooms for classes ranging from tai-chi and yoga to drivers education.
if you click on this photo you can get a better glimpse of the magazine reading room. I just took out three different copies of this old house so I can get some ideas for a few winter DIY projects I would like to do.
do you ever go to your local library?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

sweet sixteen





sweet sixteen parties are a big tradition here on long island. as far as I know it's usually girls that have them and my twin nieces are no exception. the type of parties range from renting a night club a la saturday night fever, to the more traditional venue such as your local VFW hall. my nieces opted for the albertson VFW post. their party included dancing with a DJ who played excellent music. dinner was a delicious buffet with cake and ice cream afterwards. the best part of the night was the lighting of the sixteen candles. this is where my nieces honored 16 people in their lives by saying something significant about them and then asking each one to light one of their candles. it was very touching to see how much they care about the people in their lives by listening to what they wrote about each individual.
have you ever been to a sweet sixteen party?

Saturday, November 15, 2008

leaves falling





notice all the leaves all over the ground? I heard it's supposed to rain all afternoon so I guess that's a good excuse not to rake leaves today! maybe it's a good idea to stay inside and watch movies or catch up on some reading. it's a tricky time of year with all the different bugs going around and getting extra rest is always a good thing, if you can.
what are your plans for this weekend anyway?

Friday, November 14, 2008

skywatch over the hudson river





I am so glad I was able to photograph the sky this week before the rain permanently set in. this is the view from the flight deck of the intrepid, looking out over the hudson river.
I know, this technically isn't long island, but like many of us, I take ownership of this great city of manhattan because it happens to be in the state of new york. no worries, I'll be back on long island saturday!
if you'd like to see more beautiful skywatch photos from around the world,
please go here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

intrepid's flight deck





this is the gorgeous view you see while standing on the flight deck of the intrepid. I couldn't resist showing this to you when I came across this photo I took from last sunday. I wanted you to get a feel for how gigantic this ship actually is- I couldn't see the other end of it from where I was standing! if you click on the photo, you'll be able to see more details.