Monday, March 31, 2014

I Was Not Prepared for THIS this morning...

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As you can see, Priscilla immediately reverted to hibernation mode and as usual, sleeping with her eyes open.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Fantastic Mister Fox Takes Over The Robert Moses Parking Lot at Field Five

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I think he was looking for the boardwalk. It was freezing out, like icicles stabbing at my cheeks freezing - much like the icy pain I experience when I jump into the ocean here in June instead of waiting patiently for warmer waters in July.
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Then the sun made a brief appearance and then a quick departure. The colors the sun created, if only for a brief moment were awesome.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Just Look at THIS!

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

It Is Finally Here!

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Happy Spring everyone! As if to provide concrete proof that yes, spring has indeed arrived, our Pussy Willow is starting to change. Soon it will look like this.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Jonathan Adler in Soho

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As I opened the door to let Priscilla outside to take care of her necessary nightly business, the fresh air that surrounded me was filled with memories of spring. Have you noticed it as well? 
 I've also been uninspired in the picture taking department as of late which led me to this shot from my archives - a photo I took sometime last Autumn in Soho while on a trip to Manhattan. I did a quick google search to see if I remembered how to spell Jon's name correctly and discovered he is now hawking his goods at JCPenney! Unfortunately for me he does not have anything at Penney's that even remotely resembles the $2500 Moroccan rug I greatly admire from his original website. I must say, I do like this picture very much though. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

It Looks Like the Best Man Won

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Last Sunday I saw just the two of them doing some heavy duty foraging out in the backyard over by our cherry tree. In case you missed how Mister Cardinal won Mrs. Cardinal over, you can see their picture story here.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy Saint Patrick's Day and The Spring Flower Show at Hick's

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There were all kinds of things to see at the Hick's flower show this last weekend - my favorite flower for cutting in the garden, man's best friend, and ponds and people just to name a few. I find it hard to believe the last time I was there was three years ago! It's open through the 23rd if you care to check it out. 
Have you eaten any Corned Beef and Cabbage or Irish Soda bread yet today?

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Orange you glad it's Friday...and Pie Day too?

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I know we still have 7 more days of winter but seriously, WHY AM I STILL FREEZING??? So I came across this photograph I had taken last spring in Providence and thought, ahh...the perfect antidote.
Also, it is pie day today too! I know this because my son the college student called me yesterday and told me all about the many pie related activities he is participating in today.
Remember my cherry pie from last summer? Here's a picture of it in case you're too lazy to click on the link. Happy Friday & Happy PieDay everyone!

#Pieinthecity

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mourning Doves in Farmingdale

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I'm guessing there were about two dozen of these guys in my parents backyard yesterday. They were a sight to behold.
For more interesting information, including instructions for setting up a basket to attract nesting mourning Doves, click on this link.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Little Switzerland and Springtime in Huntington

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Only this was taken two years ago. As you can see by the photo below, their display includes collectible dolls as well. I posted another one of their window displays way back in 2008 over here.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

I'd Love to Know What Type of Tree This Is

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It's the quiet before the storm when all pre-spring plant life is about to burst.

Monday, March 10, 2014

A Change of Light

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Unlike my last two posts, this scene is a more realistic view of how things look in our neck of the woods. The trees are still bare but the sunlight has (finally) changed. Have you noticed? It is higher up in the sky revealing brighter days along with interesting shadows.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

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Another photo taken last spring while visiting Providence (& Ian). Just look at this color. The old buildings are pretty gorgeous too.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Just in case you forgot what springtime looks like, and 22 reasons why Daylight Saving Time needs to be abolished.

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It's been a looong Winter. With all the little shoots of green popping out all over the place - we're not quite here yet,  but we will be soon, very soon! Speaking of which, don't forget to spring ahead tonight. I've already set my clocks ahead and although Lena Dunham is on Saturday Night Live (it's about time), I will be recording the show with the hope that if I go to sleep early tonight I won't be tired tomorrow. I really do not like Daylight Saving Time.
Here is the link as promised.

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Road to Providence

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A man braves the cold to get some exercise as he walks the path alongside the Cross Island Expressway one recent bitter cold morning. We take this road to the Throgs Neck Bridge whenever Anthony & I travel to Providence. One of my favorite things to look forward too on our journey is watching the sunrise over the Long Island Sound. You might remember a blurrier shot of this scene I posted last October. If you look at both photos you will notice a real difference in the light due to the different seasons in which both pictures were taken. Which reminds me, it's almost time to set our clocks ahead. I hope I remember.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Cue the Disney Music

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Admittedly the following pictures are a bit blurry but I feel some things are better seen blurry rather than not at all and this is something I just had to share. It was impossible to miss seeing two male Cardinals flying circles around each other in my backyard this morning. They were so persistent it was inspiring. As it occurred to me that there was a greater motivation other than play at work here, I noticed this on the branch in the tree just above them:
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She sat in the Cherry tree overlooking their show and then slowly turned her head, looked directly into my camera as if to say, "Do you believe this?" Soon after, she took cover under a thorny rose bush pretending to be invisible. Just as she tried ducking out of sight, her elusion didn't last long - as evidenced by one of the male's flyovers. Pretty impressive eh?
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You might remember I posted a photo of another Cardinal hanging out by the barbecue last May. I take comfort in the fact that they will remain at least until then, giving me plenty of time to set up my tripod.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

More Tape Art From RISD


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Sorry, I can't resist posting more of RISD's tape art. Check out the troll and his kitty cat below.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Priscilla the Yorkshire Terrier

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I think I've mentioned here before that Priscilla likes to sleep with her eyes open. I'm not sure she is actually sleeping here, but she is definitely in hibernation mode. A mode I am sure you will agree, many of us would like to succumb too.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Update on Big Changes in Farmingdale

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With all the hoopla over yesterday's impending storm I feel lucky for the light dusting we received earlier today. This was the scene at the Farmingdale train station this morning. Not too bad eh? I heard on the news that our area's winter snowfall totals are at about 57 inches as of today and yet we still aren't in the top five category in terms of snowfall. Does anyone remember the winter of '95-'96? According to Yasmeen Khan from WNYC, in '95-'96, old man winter dumped 75.6 inches on us with above average snowfall from November through April. That season included a blizzard in January that deposited nearly 20 inches on NYC. Normally this information might make us feel more fortunate, except like Yasmeen and the climatologist that was interviewed for her article points out, we are suffering from a "weariness index".
In other news, progress is being made in the new construction happening in Farmingdale despite the persistent winter weather. Look at this same scene here just six weeks ago.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Morning Camouflage

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One morning a couple of weeks ago I saw this little guy hiding himself in the Rose of Sharon just outside my window. I'm not sure I would've noticed him had the light not illuminated his bright orange color. I know another big storm is headed our way but I am still hoping for some blue skies too quickly follow.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Watercolor and Roses with Jam

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Last weekend Anthony and I were in Providence to visit Ian, so naturally we had to stop at Amy's for breakfast. There was something about these roses that caught my eye. I found them to actually be quite lovely in their droopiness. Is it just me, or does everything work together quite wonderfully in this little vignette?