Saturday, May 31, 2008

peonies on long island

I remember the first spring I grew these. there were dozens of ants crawling all over the buds. I wondered if the flowers were going to be eaten alive. then just by luck I heard that the ants actually help the buds to open up so they can flower. how cool is that?
peonies are one of my favorite flowers to bring inside the house. they last a long time in a vase with some sugar water. their scent is similar to a rose.

Friday, May 30, 2008

our yorkie priscilla took this photo

I thought it would be interesting for you to see long island from her perspective. she is a native long islander after all. she kept sniffing the camera lens before shooting the picture which accounts for all the blurriness. though the fumbling with the paws might have caused some of that too.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

the coolest thing

I don't know about you, but every time I see this I have hope for mankind. I wonder if they are used in other places besides long island. This one is by a train station so people can easily throw their papers away while recycling them at the same time. recently our grocery store started recycling plastic bags too. their recycling bin isn't nearly as interesting to look at though.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

suburban light effect

I don't like these lights at night when they are all lit up. I like them much better here in this picture. a small prize goes to the person who can tell me (by Sunday June 1, 2008) where on long island these lights reside. all you have to do is leave a comment with the correct answer and you will get a surprise, I mean prize! Well, I guess they aren't much different...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

another interesting thing about long island that I love...

here on long island you need not look far to see names of towns or roads whose origins are that of the american indian. this photo was taken on sunrise highway in massapequa.
growing up on a street named secatogue helped hone my spelling skills at an early age. as a child I took pride in spelling it out for the adults around me.

Monday, May 26, 2008

memorial day

two of my favorite photographers were gracious enough to share their memorial day photos with long island daily photo. I couldn't narrow it down to just one today so I decided to include all three.
this first picture was taken by my son Ian. I call it waiting for parade. it was taken on main street in farmingdale.

I call this one main street long island.
this is another great shot taken by my husband anthony. I love this scene because I feel it captures a sense of what suburban long island is about. this is taken in front of the towns farmingdale post office.

this photo doesn't need a title. this shot was taken by ian and for me this is basically what memorial day is all about. here we have a vet who obviously gave everything he could for our country's freedom yet he is still giving more.
thanks ian and anthony.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

long island car wash

this is what the tip cup looks like at the car wash I frequent. it actually is held together with duct tape. all the guys and gals that work there work very hard making my car clean and shiny and fresh smelling. they will never accept a tip unless it is put inside this box. at the end of the day they share what is in the box equally among them. this is how the people behave on long island.
is car wash one word?

Saturday, May 24, 2008

montauk point seen from the ferry on a sunny day. the lighthouse was authorized by george washington. this lighthouse is a historic landmark. it's a steep climb but well worth it. when you get to the top the view is spectacular! go here for a beautiful picture and some history of the lighthouse.

Friday, May 23, 2008

atlantic ocean

~ another photo I came across while reminiscing over my block island adventures. this was taken from the ferry from long island to block island. one of the cool things about living here on this island is that although we are all surrounded by water, none of us actually need to get our own personal boat. there are bridges and tunnels and ferries at the ready day or night specifically designed to transport all of us to and fro. well, maybe not the ferries. Their schedules are more limited, but they are there none the less!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

juice and java

this picture was actually taken in block island inside of my favorite cafe's called juice and java back in the summer of 2006. block island is an excellent place to travel too from long island's montauk point. I always take the viking fleet ferry. they only allow people and their bikes on this ferry which is really fine since they are a very bike friendly island. if you don't like to bike they have a reasonable taxi service that will take you into town or if you like, give you a tour of the small island. this island is amazingly beautiful.
if you click on the photo you will see how old the glass on this new england window is.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

another mall photo

long island has lots of them-malls that is. I promise you I didn't go to a mall two days in a row. the photo from yesterday was actually from another day entirely. I took this photo today because as soon as I saw this I thought that if I was a little kid I would probably really want to swim in this star shaped pool. being that I'm an adult all I can see when I look at this is that the model is diving towards the shallow end. Yikes!
other than that, this is how many people spend memorial day, either opening up their swimming pools or going shopping. it's not that people don't fly their flags here on long island, there will be plenty of that going on as well.
oh and parades, almost every town here on the island has a parade too.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

walt whitman mall

as you walk about this mall in huntington, long island, you have a unique view of the sky from these windows. They are mostly tinted with the exception of a few that let the natural light in creating an airy sunshine filled feeling.
I don't really like going to malls, but I do like this one. this one is small compared to the other malls on long island, maybe that's why I like it. or maybe I like it because it is named after one of my favorite poets.

Monday, May 19, 2008

azalea bush before & after

two photographs today! I couldn't resist showing you the transformation of spring. azaleas are blooming all over long island. I was lucky to get this picture of my azalea in our backyard in the early morning light.



click on the above photos to see greater details.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

sunday statuary

I have long admired this type of statuary. it's simply but beautifully carved out of wood and is used to decorate various types of religious schools or places of worship.
the last time I saw one of these I was in someones home in virginia. this one is at holy child academy in old westbury.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

crest hollow country club

check out these lights! I felt like I was inside a very large spaceship. I was attending a luncheon here and couldn't help noticing them. interesting huh?
we were lucky though, watching the student fashion show brought us all back to reality.

Friday, May 16, 2008

jewish war veteran of the usa

I remember the first time I noticed one of these veterans with a bunch of delicate paper poppies I was with my sister-in law lorraine. she stopped to give the vet a donation and he in turn gave her a small red flower. because lorraine made me aware of their service, I in turn made my son ian aware. so when ian spotted the vet outside trader joe's in plainview, he ran over to me to get money to donate to a good cause. this vets red flower had a tiny strip of paper attached to it that read, the jewish war veterans of the usa and the national ladies auxiliary veterans hospitalization & veterans services.
many vets all over long island will stand outside stores giving these flowers away for donations in order to help support america's veterans.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

lacrosse on long island

sorry this isn't the most interesting photo, but I wanted to show you how lush and green everything is here after all of the rain we just had. I know the teenagers playing on the field look like little specks.
when I asked my son how his health class was going the other day, he told me that every time it's nice out the teacher tells his class to go outside and play lacrosse. his health teacher also happens to be his gym teacher and his favorite sport happens to be lacrosse.
click here for an informative site all about lacrosse in the united states.

Monday, May 12, 2008

connelly hall

holy child academy is a private catholic school in old westbury on long island. connelly hall is the original building that was used for classrooms when holy child first opened its doors in 1959. named after its founder cornelia connelly you can see by this picture that the school is a very warm and inviting place.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

mother's day lilacs

I highly recommend clicking on the above photo to enlarge so that you may see a floral burst of purple blooms up close & personal.

lilacs are one of my favorites. luckily for me these seem to be in abundance everywhere you go here on long island. as I walk around my neighborhood I notice their scent is so powerful I seem to smell them in the air before I actually see them.
I have been cutting bunches of them off of my tree arranging them all around our house so that I can enjoy them even when I am not outside.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

long island poppies

please click on this photo to see the animated quality of these poppies right before they bloom.

thankfully the title of this post isn't the poppies actual name. with all the varieties of poppies I'm sorry I can't tell you which one this is but I love them. I wait for them to bloom every spring so I can go out to my backyard and look at them. they are so lively looking aren't they? it was just raining right before I photographed them and there they were alight in all their beauty!
check out this link to read more about poppies. if you scroll down the page you will see the poppy seed cake I love to eat.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

target on long island

they are all over long island. there are so many things I like as well as dislike about this store. I like this sign for instance. It adds something to its dingy surroundings. the store itself housed inside the giant brick building with the signage on the side of it-that I could live without! and this toaster I recently purchased there designed by michael graves is perfect.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

vintage buick station wagon

spotting this car at the farmingdale train station in long island, my son exclaimed, "check out the cool car. that's the car I want to get!" when I asked why, he said it was because it is so vintage. it does stand out among the others!

Monday, May 5, 2008

massapequa high school, long island, new york

this painting looks really cool when you click on it to make it larger.

I never noticed this mural until I dropped my son off here last saturday morning so he could take a test. I thought it was pretty cool.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

waverly restaurant in greenwich village, nyc

when I lived in the village this was our favorite diner. I remember walking there on cold snowy winter nights to get some dinner. it was always warm and cozy inside. I am happy it is still open so I can take my son there for lunch. the food is very good. isn't this a beautiful city corner?

Saturday, May 3, 2008

in soho on greene street

I know-I'm not quite back to long island yet! I had to share this with you! my son snapped this photo the other day while we were in manhattan. as soon as he spotted what he wanted to photograph, he was intent on doing so. I was looking at the same wall of outdoor art he was and didn't see this . he has a good eye I think! I hope you enjoy this photo as much as I do.

Friday, May 2, 2008

boston's critical mass

I have a weak spot for positive activism. I think it is the greatest thing when people take action or take a stand for something they believe in. we were fortunate enough to witness critical mass riding through the streets of boston as we walked down the sidewalk last friday. there had to be at least a thousand cyclists. every time a car honked at them to get out of the way they started hooting altogether as if honking back but in a happy friendly fashion. it was pretty neat to see. find out more about them here.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Boston's State House

please click on this photo to read what the banner says

In case you haven't heard, the people in boston take their sports very seriously. dare I say I thought this banner pictured hanging here on the state house sort of ruined this building? Then I overheard my nephew talking to his roommate about how cool it was making me think twice.