Wednesday, June 30, 2010

xenodocheionology




























did you notice the fancy X word for today's title? well, it has nothing to do with this picture. xenodocheionology means, love of hotels. so why should we care about this then? because today is wednesday and if you visit the abc wednesday meme, you will find all kinds of information about the letter X!
so, for today this is my contribution, an unusual X word with a photo of an unusual creature. I found this furry little ewok looking character stuck to my front door the other night. I think he is a moth but I'm not sure. if you double click on this photo you will be able to see all the tiny hairs he has all over his little body. he kind of reminds me of our dog priscilla. they both have the same hair color and dark round eyes. but seriously, have you ever seen a cuter bug?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

fog in montauk




























one of my favorite places to just hang out and 'be' is on the eastern end of long island out in montauk. last weekend my hubster and son ian and I found ourselves there on a spur of the moment mini vacation for two nights. both saturday and sunday morning I awoke to a beach blanketed with fog so thick you couldn't see much past the shoreline. it was pretty awesome. I felt like I was in another world.
soon after I took this shot, I noticed the lifeguards got an emergency call and immediately began to wheel their jetski out into the water. within seconds two of them boarded the craft and headed down the beach disappearing into this fog. it always amazes me that there are people who do not think twice about springing into action to rescue those of us who need help.

Monday, June 28, 2010

marigolds




























I love marigolds. I plant them all over my yard in the spring. some go in pots and some go directly into the ground around our perennial flower beds that need a little filling in here and there.
please visit "today's flowersif you'd like to see more beautiful blooms or if you'd like to add your own.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

shadows on an old garage




























I saw three tiny kittens emerge from underneath the opening of this door. the mama kitty sat quietly nearby, keeping an eye on them. they were the cutest things. I could have watched them forever. I ran home quick to get my camera but upon my return a mere 5 minutes later, they were already gone.
please visit tracy's fun meme, shadow shot sunday if you'd like to join in or if you'd like to see more shadows.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

church reflections




































walking towards this door I was happy to spot this church reflection.
if you'd like to see more reflections or join in the fun, please check out james of newtown area photo's wonderful weekend reflection meme. thanks james!

Friday, June 25, 2010

blurry skywatch





























I love stepping out my front door and finding skies like this.


Thursday, June 24, 2010

a giant beetle bug




























I actually have no idea what type of bug this is. it seems like I see one somewhere on long island every couple of years. it was moving so fast up this tree when I first started photographing him. then he suddenly slowed down and tried to cram his head under a piece of bark. I have a feeling he sensed a larger being invading his space which may explain that rather pointy orange tail that appeared out of nowhere.

"If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos."
~ Edward O. Wilson 

I do my best not to harm any insects. well, except for mosquitoes.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

w is for wheeple




























that was me, letting out a bit of a wheeple when I saw the prices of this discounted fabric over at the fabric mill yesterday. just in case you don't know what a wheeple is, it means to whistle feebly. I actually whistle quite robustly but I had to figure out a way to incorporate the word wheeple into this post so I made that whole first part up, except for the discounted fabric, that was real.
if you'd like to add your own thoughts on the letter W, please do so by joining in over at abc wednesday, thanks to mrs. nesbitt & her helpers.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

summer evening at variety on main street


























while walking down main main street last evening, I couldn't help notice all of these colorful chairs on display at our four star variety here in farmingdale. then I realized, yesterday was the first day of summer! I feel lucky we have this store in our town. there aren't many places left outside of strip malls and shopping centers where you can get a "variety" of things you may need.
to share a part of your world or just see more of others, please go to "that's my world tuesday". thanks to klaus for hosting with his team of helpers, sandy, wren, fishing guy and sylvia.

Monday, June 21, 2010

I will miss you Bobbie...

it is with a heavy heart that I write this. a dear friend and fellow blogger of mine, bobbie from "almost there" passed away this last saturday. her daughter Kitty wrote a very moving post about her on bobbie's blog that you can see here.
when bobbie first started visiting my blog she used to have a picture of herself from her childhood as her icon, something we have in common since I do as well. after awhile she switched it to marigolds, one of my favorite flowers. her nickname is bobbie which also happens to be my own mother's nickname. & coincidentally my mom was also born in march just two years later.
almost two years ago I "met" bobbie for the first time on long island daily photo. she had joined the 'skywatch meme' I participate in every friday and left this comment july 25, 2008,

bobbie said... "I saw "LI Daily Photo" and had to take a look. I lived in Massapequa for 30 years.
This is a really great shot. Just beautiful!"

the photo below is the one she was referring too.

 last holiday season I held a giveaway at this blog. it was a calendar of photos taken from my blog and bobbie won. when my son ian picked her name from the hat I remember feeling so happy it was bobbie because I knew she used to live on long island (another thing we have in common) and always enjoyed visiting my blog and seeing the different places she remembered.

bobbie left her last comment here on monday, the day she suffered a heart attack.
Bloggerbobbie said...
"A fantastically beautiful shot!"

this is not surprising, she always encouraged me, always left a nice comment or a thought provoking one, an honest person who didn't think twice about sharing her opinion when it came to advocating for one of the many good causes she believed in.

bobbie, I will miss seeing your marigold icon on my comments page. thanks for always being there these last two years. and like your daughter kitty wrote, "...you have arrived.".
& though I am happy for you in that respect, you should also know you will be sorely missed.

"bobbie" March 16, 1932 - June 19, 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

wild suburban garden with roses for father's day



























happy father's day to all the dads out there! I hope you celebrate by doing something that makes you happy.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

reflections on a cherry pie


























does anyone have any idea how long it takes to pit four cups of cherries? that's how many cups you need to make one cherry pie. and then when it's two hours later, and you are all done pitting them? you see you are half a cup short but by that time you don't care and just use what you have. this year I found a new pie crust recipe in my mother's old 'betty crocker's picture cookbook'. it was the easiest pie crust recipe I ever made. I had a feeling it would taste really good when I was making it and guess what? it was sooo good and sooo worth it all. please go here if you'd like to see how I made my cherry pie.
if you'd like to see more reflections or join in the fun, please check out james of newtown area photo's wonderful weekend reflection meme. thanks james!

Friday, June 18, 2010

june storm clouds


























we've had little sunshine compared to lots of grey skies this last week. here was a moment when the sun had its chance & broke through the dreariness. the forecast for today is sunshine and blue skies- just in time for the weekend.
if you'd like to see more skies from all around the world or if you'd like to add your own sky, please visit the skywatch friday meme, thanks to klaus and his team, sandy, wren, fishing guy, and sylvia.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

springtime bugs





























a big thanks to my son ian for today's photo. if you'd like to enter a 'bug' photo contest, please visit pioneer woman's blog. the photos that people have been entering are amazing.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

just like velvet


































have you ever noticed some flower petals feel just like soft velvet? these little buds on this lavender plant felt a bit like velvet to me as well, which was convenient since I happened to be looking for something to photograph pertaining to the letter V.
please visit the abc wednesday meme if you'd like to learn more about the letter V.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

morning rituals



























I suspect everyone has some sort of morning ritual whether they realize it or not. I usually go out to get my coffee at some point. long island doesn't have many places where you can hang out and enjoy a cup of joe, so starbucks does very well here. I've always admired their lighting and use of glass to let in the light. this was a nice scene to enter after leaving the muggy grey skies and concrete suburban landscape outside.
to share a part of your world or just see more of others, please go to "that's my world tuesday". thanks to klaus for hosting with his team of helpers, sandy, wren, fishing guy and sylvia

Monday, June 14, 2010

honeysuckle and the rambling rose






































usually just honeysuckle grows here. this is the first time the rambling rose made its way over to the honeysuckle's side of the yard creating a beautiful bouquet of flowers. the sun was so intense as it set the other night you can see it was nearly obliterating the trunk of this tree. I like the grainy effect it produced with the texture of the tree's bark.
please visit "today's flowersif you'd like to see more beautiful blooms or if you'd like to add your own. 

Sunday, June 13, 2010

bridge over long island expressway






























this is the bridge you drive under when leaving the queens midtown tunnel from manhattan. I've posted a photograph from inside the tunnel on this site before right here.
please pop on over to san francisco bay's daily photo to check out the "sunday bridge series". thanks for hosting louis la veche!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

beautiful woman






























I love the serene look on this woman's face. she seems so full of life, and completely in the moment, totally at ease and undeterred by her nakedness. According to the MET, this piece was done in 1927 by american sculptor gaston lachaise.
notice how the reflections of light perfectly highlight this sculpture. if you'd like to see more reflections or join in the fun, please check out james of newtown area photo's wonderful weekend reflection meme. thanks james!

Friday, June 11, 2010

cherries under sky


























the really neat thing about skywatching in spring is being able to look at pretty things like ripening cherries up in your cherry tree while you sit beneath them gazing up at a boring grey sky. only, the sky isn't so bad when these pretty cherries are in the way! I don't know if I would have noticed this otherwise but in looking back through my archives, we always seem to have stormy weather around the same time our cherries start to get ripe. check out this 'cherry tree with storm clouds'.
if you'd like to see more skies from all around the world or if you'd like to add your own sky, please visit the skywatch friday meme, thanks to klaus and his team, sandy, wren, fishing guy, and sylvia.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

wonder bread





























I took this photo one recent early evening when the light illuminating the bark on this sycamore tree caught my eye. at least I think it's a sycamore tree. does anyone know? I hadn't noticed the wonder bread bakery outlet in the background until I enlarged this picture on my computer. has anyone ever thought of wonder bread as bakery food? 

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

unusually large






























if you need to find unusual words beginning with the letter U, you simply must check out this link. who knew there were so many? unquestionably, unusual types of U words too, like ultracrepidate which means to 'criticize beyond sphere of one's knowledge'. I know a lot of people who partake in this specific activity, so it makes sense there would be a word for it. but seriously, has anyone actually ever used this word in a sentence? my spellcheck doesn't even acknowledge ultracrepidate as a word.
what about unguligrade? I've never heard of this word either. it means, 'walking on hooves'. I'd love to meet the person who knows how to use unguligrade in an interesting sentence. if you do check out the link, you will find a whole treasure trove of amazing and not often heard of U words. it certainly made my evening.
& just in case it isn't obvious, today's post is all about the letter U. if you've never been here before, please visit the abc wednesday meme and join in the fun.
oh and by the way, I found this unusually large foot on the upper east side in manhattan.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

someone's american dream




the american dream, completely subject to one's own interpretation. undoubtedly, this is one person's idea  of what that might be. for some it could just be a one bedroom apartment of their own, for another, it could be a decent meal every night. whatever the case may be, it's important we all have a dream.
to share a part of your world or just see more of others, please go to "that's my world tuesday". thanks to klaus for hosting with his team of helpers, sandy, wren, fishing guy and sylvia

Monday, June 7, 2010

the allium




























allium are members of the onion family & depending on their variety, the flower heads range in size from an inch to a foot! supposedly the stems give off only a slight onion odor when cut or crushed. I love them just as they are seen displayed here at the farmingdale state college teaching garden. isn't this  a wonderful scene? 


Sunday, June 6, 2010

shorts, flip-flops and summertime shadows





























summer always takes me by surprise. first it's cold and damp and things can't seem to get green quick enough, then it's 85 degrees and my jeans suddenly feel like twice their weight on my body. watching the parade memorial day I could clearly see this was not the case for most people. everyone was wearing shorts & flip flops. I guess I better get my summer clothes out before it's autumn.
please visit tracy's fun meme, shadow shot sunday if you'd like to join in or if you'd like to see more shadows.





Saturday, June 5, 2010

reflections on the reflecting pool & garden festival





























The Farmingdale State College teaching garden is having a plant sale today and sunday. If you go, you won't be sorry. Their rose garden alone is worth the trip. Besides that, there will be master gardeners on hand you may ply with all of your pertinent gardening questions. Plus I heard the plants they are selling are reasonably priced too. You can check out the Farmingdale State College website for more information.
this post is a part of weekend reflections hosted by james of newtown area photo. thank you james!

Friday, June 4, 2010

man in sky






























can anyone guess what this agile young man is doing up there in the sky? thanks to ian for another great photo!
if you'd like to see more skies from all around the world or if you'd like to add your own sky, please visit the skywatch friday meme, thanks to klaus and his team, sandy, wren, fishing guy, and sylvia.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

happy dog





























we've had some unusually warm weather the last few days. normally temperatures hover around 70 this time of year but we have been getting highs of 85 degrees as of late. driving down the S.O.B. the other day I saw this cutie pie hanging out the window. as soon as I pointed him out, my driver (aka my dear hubster) sped up so I could snap this shot. dogs really do know how to have fun.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

tourists at the metropolitan museum of art?





























at least I think they are tourists but who really knows. maybe they just like to have their picture taken next to beautiful sculpture. 
I love this photo and wish I had shot it but this was taken by my son ian in the greek and roman sculpture garden at the met. thanks ian.
to see more great works of art, please check out long island daily photo on tumblr.
today is abc wednesday and the letter is T. please visit the abc wednesday meme page to find more T posts & join in the fun.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

the starn brothers take over the roof garden at the met



sunday morning I drove into manhattan to see the starn brothers "big bamboo" installation at the metropolitan museum of art's roof garden. I wasn't disappointed. if you like interactive art exhibits, you'll love this. it is not only a visual delight it is also physically challenging since you need to navigate through the bamboo jungle in oder to get to the exit. and if you are so inclined, you may also climb up inside the structure following a path of sorts that takes you 110 feet above central park and in some places, 40 feet above the garden itself. I didn't get to do this since I was wearing sandals. anyone wanting to climb up the bamboo paths must be wearing flat rubber soled shoes, like sneakers. there is also a whole list of other rules one must follow. the most stringent - not being allowed to take cameras or handheld devices on the tour for safety reasons. now that's a tough one. according to the starn brothers, this structure will evolve over time much like a living organism. this means it may look much different by the time I get back there with proper footwear - I can't wait.


to share a part of your world or just see more of others, please go to "that's my world tuesday". thanks to klaus for hosting with his team of helpers, sandy, wren, fishing guy and sylvia.