Thursday, August 29, 2013
you can see my inadvertent selfie in the window reflection above and more interesting reflections below in the display window's close-up.
pictured below is what ian had. he always shares his food with me but after sampling a piece of this, I can't believe he let me have a bite - it was that good.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
how beautiful is this old house with the scaffolding? maybe if I visit here again I will work up the courage to ask for an inside tour (I can't imagine what I would say if someone knocked on my door asking for a tour of my house). last sunday we brought ian back to college and on the way we drove through this federal hill neighborhood to check out a bakery we had seen featured on bizarre foods america. according to wikipedia, federal hill is best known for its italian american community, mafia ties and abundance of restaurants. tomorrow I'll post more about the bakery.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
ian and I stood staring at the very same piece of wood and had I not been with him I am sure I would have missed what we believe may have been a baby praying mantis. clicking on the photo to enlarge it might help. in case that doesn't work you can see a close up of the insect below. sorry for the poor quality but I'm not very good with my iphone's camera. the excitement caused by spotting this tiny creature was sufficient but the caterpillar seemingly appearing out of nowhere heightened the unfolding drama significantly. you can see in picture number 3 the praying mantis took off for the end of this wooden railing as soon as the caterpillar began moving towards him yet by picture number 4, the baby pray held his ground. unfortunately picture number 5 and 6 didn't pan out well - not because I am sparing you the gory details but because like I said earlier, I am not very good with my phone's camera. in the end the caterpillar did not seem as interested in the baby pray like we feared and they both went about their way peacefully. all's well that ends well.
: ) oh, and, this is what I'm guessing that baby should look like by late october.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
sorry for my lack of posts lately. to say I've been distracted by ian being home is putting it mildly. these photos aren't the best of quality but they do represent a slice of summer activity here on long island. for instance; evening bike rides and spider web building. last night's nearly full moon prompted one such summer evening bike ride. at my first opportunity I looked towards the night sky only to discover a white plume of smoke rising towards the moon! I was more than a little concerned since I do have family and friends that live in the direction the smoke was coming from. ian and I rode our bikes over to the scene to find out it was someone's shed that suffered a small explosion. thankfully no one was hurt.
then there was this web from a few nights ago. I am sure these spiders have been living in our backyard since we've moved here (I've heard stories from the previous tenants). when I woke up the next morning there were two more built within inches of each other
Friday, August 16, 2013
sorry, I can't resist sharing this for today's skywatch friday. it's not just the sky that gets me, I love the people in this photo. most of my photos don't include people but this one tells a story that I like to see - people enjoying nature as well as each other. to see other more beautiful skywatch photos from all around the world or add your own to the mix, please visit skywatch friday.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
if you are traveling toward lloyd neck along the road overlooking cold spring harbor, (sorry, I have no idea what the name of this road is) the above photo is the landscape you will see on the right. cold spring harbor, the photo below is on the left. our weather has been very crisp and autumnal like as of late so I thought a scenic drive over to caumsett park was in order. ian just had his wisdom teeth taken out so he really isn't up for a lot of activity but it was too gorgeous outside for him to be sitting inside. a ride in the "country" was the perfect solution. if you'd like to read more about lloyd harbor, check out last sunday's new york times article here.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
since ian has been home from college we've been trying to do all the things we missed doing with him while he was away. so of course this includes our traditional summer visit to the MET roof garden. last weekend his dad and I brought him to see imran qureshi's, the roof garden commission. ian loved it - and the view of course was stunning. the vibe up there is so much fun. everyone is just hanging out informally enjoying manhattan in the summertime. afterwards we dined at the excellent petrie court cafe. I say excellent because their food is delicious but not too pricey and their service is excellent.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
lazy fish is one of my favorite stores to wander around in when I'm hanging out on block island. I love how their displays mix the old with the new which somehow makes everything so much more interesting to look at.
Friday, August 9, 2013
if I were a proper landscape photographer you would get a better sense of how perfectly these clouds hung over the perimeter of this scene. I couldn't help noticing them while out in the atlantic standing on a sandbar.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
maybe it's because I love eggplant but I absolutely love the color of this car. isn't it gorgeous? thanks to ian who obliged my request to snap this photo for me since I was driving (him home from college)! as you can imagine his dad and I are quite happy having him home again - just for a few weeks, but hey, we'll take it!
Friday, August 2, 2013
the clouds were pink tonight too but I was too busy doing who knows what and missed my photo op. I took this shot sometime last spring. please go to skywatch friday to see more beautiful skies.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Speaking of the Grand Canyon, I have often heard the canyon's colors can dramatically change over the course of just a few minutes. The two pictures I have posted here are scenes from the same general area at one of the last viewing points towards the exit of the park. We were at this particular spot for about 30-40 minutes - we didn't want to leave! I stood in awe as I watched this scene unfold before my eyes. You might be able to notice a hint of the blue color seeping into the frame of the upper left part of the top photo before most of the landscape made it's color change entirely to shades of blue as seen in the photo below. UTTER awesomness!