Sunday, August 31, 2008

playing in the pool

as I slogged through the oppressive humidity yesterday running errands, I kept thinking about the pool we got to play in during our recent stay out east. I kept thinking how nice it would be to have one in my backyard so that when I got home I could take a dip. I hope everyone is taking some time out for leisure activity this weekend. if you don't have a pool, maybe you can get to the beach. it is labor day weekend after all and I think it is safe to assume we could all use a break.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

dunes in montauk

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this was taken at the top of a dune right by a path we took to the beach. it seemed like one spot was made for people to be able to stand on and use as an overlook. I was so happy running up to the top to see the view. this is probably the first time I have been on a dune since I was a kid. most people on long island will tell you that dunes are off limits in order to help preserve our beaches. when I was a kid we always played on the dunes as if we were stranded in the desert. like having a swim in the ocean, playing in the dunes was a regular part of going to the beach. this of course was before we knew all that running around all over them upset the delicate balance of things.

Friday, August 29, 2008

montauk sunset

I really didn't expect this to come out so close to what the sun and sky actually looked like when I photographed this scene. my only explanation is that montauk is a magical place. go here to see other skies from all around the world.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Two for Today

Thanks everyone for your smart, funny and creative guessing yesterday!

I can't tell you how many times I have passed this windmill hoping one day I would get to go inside. Unfortunately time was of the essence so while I busy buying bug spray my expert husband and son captured some neat shots thanks guys! If you click on the top photo, you can actually read the name of the mill on the flag. I never knew it was called hook mill and is located on North Main Street in East Hampton.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

old east hampton

not the towns official name, though this photograph is of something very old inside the town of east hampton. can anyone guess what this is? if you can't, tomorrow I will post a picture that will help make complete sense out of it. if you are like me, you will have no idea. either way, please humor me by taking a wild guess.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

6 miles to the point

or to the end? which name do you prefer? some people visit montauk point every summer. you can tell who they are because they usually get a little oval shaped bumper sticker that says, "the end" on it. though I should add not everyone who visits absolutely gets this sticker. I like montauk. it's one of my favorite places to go any time of the year. 
as of this writing the winner for guessing where the big ear of corn sculpture resides is Bettye from 365 days in islip. she knew the location of the giant ear of corn as well as that it is indeed in bridgehampton. the name of the establishment is hayground farm, a most wonderful farm stand with lots of fresh veggies, flowers and baked goods. anytime I have stopped there I have never been disappointed.

Monday, August 25, 2008

hint number two

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do you believe they sell cucumbers four for one dollar? I have gotten many fresh vegetables here on my way home from my visits out east. anyone have any ideas yet?

Sunday, August 24, 2008

the road to montauk

please click on photo (courtesy of Ian) to enlarge

does anyone know where exactly this resides? I'll give you a hint, it's on the side of the road to montauk! tomorrow I will give you an even greater hint if you need more time before I tell you its location on wednesday. personally I love this kind of outdoor "art".

Saturday, August 23, 2008

happy halloween ?

skull warrior axe anyone? this kills me (pun intended). It's not even the end of august and the stores are stocking halloween items for purchase. it's as bad as seeing school supplies for sale the day after fourth of july. I must admit halloween is one of my favorite holidays. In the U. S. every october 31, everyone who would like too, mostly children, go trick or treating from house to house in costume. who wouldn't like to dress up as someone else and collect candy? how do you like to spend halloween?

Friday, August 22, 2008

another skywatch

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this was taken at a shopping center in farmingdale called airport plaza last weekend. the sun was setting and the sky was changing rapidly putting on quite a show. it was awesome to watch. I must have snapped 50 pictures which made it hard to choose one for today. there is beauty all around us, even if you are in a shopping center. go here for more skies to watch all around the world.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

flower boxes


one of my favorite things about summer are
flower boxes. this one is filled with geraniums, licorice, sweet potato vine and marigolds. I love to look at flower boxes to see all the different combinations of flowers people like to put together. sometimes I see boxes filled with just one type of flower, like all petunias, which is a nice effect too.

on another topic, has anyone ever heard of the imagination movers? they are a popular new orleans based alternative rock band for preschoolers. I got a tip from one of my readers
that they will be playing at the nassau coliseum parking lot tomorrow, saturday and sunday. more details are available here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

backyard grapevine

we inherited this grapevine when we moved into our home. I know very little about the different varieties of grapes that can be grown so I did a quick search. one thing I was surprised to learn is that you can make red wine out of green grapes, like the ones pictured here. I have never used the grapes in our backyard for anything. I do notice when I am cleaning them up off of the grass and walkway they have a vinegar type of smell. my husband actually ate a few and said they were very sour. despite his distaste for them, he takes care of this amazing vine & I would venture to say we easily yield twenty five pounds of grapes from this old beauty every summer. I wonder if anyone on long island actually makes something out of the grapes they have in their backyard.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

bridges to robert moses

please click on this photo if you would like to see greater detail

if you want to get to the fire island national seashore by way of car from the more eastern part of long island you most likely will pass over three bridges. in this picture I am leaving the beach going over the third bridge. note the bridge next to the one I am traveling on. that bridge is for cars heading towards the beach. they will have to pass over a smaller bridge and then a larger bridge like this one except that it will have two way traffic. sometimes when there are tons of people all going to the beach at once they shut down the two way traffic and make it so both lanes are heading into the beach. last sunday when we left the beach at around 12:30 there was traffic backed up over all three bridges up to where the parkway began. we felt really sorry for everyone who was stuck in that. just thinking about being stuck in traffic on a bridge makes me feel claustrophobic. we also felt very lucky that we got off the bridge before they shut it down and we would be stuck waiting.

what is the worst traffic jam you have ever gotten in?

Monday, August 18, 2008

seagull at the beach

as if he was enforcing the proclamation on this sign, I imagined this seagull standing watch over the humans at the beach making sure they would all obey. he wasn't the only one either. minutes after I took this photo another seagull flew over giving him a break as they switched places, like a changing of the guard.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

forever 21


I love this store. most, well actually all of the clothing sold here is way too young for me, geared for ladies 21 and under, but they have great accessories at very reasonable prices. loving paris the way I do, I found a necklace with an eiffel tower charm and a wonderful summer pocketbook earlier in the season. sitting across from the store I suddenly noticed the spectacular chandelier in their window display. pretty cool huh?

Saturday, August 16, 2008


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everyday thousands of people commute between long island and manhattan. some people drive, but the majority take the long island railroad. whenever I pick my husband up from the train station I notice all of the different type of people getting off the train. I imagine their different occupations by the way they dress. there are construction workers, office workers, students, etc. some people look like they have been commuting their whole life and are perfectly content, others look like they are very tired. how do you get to work?

Friday, August 15, 2008

birch tree in sky

click on photo to enlarge and you will see a glimpse of the white birch bark

my dad likes to give me credit for how high this birch tree has grown because of the way I pruned it when he first planted it. I love hearing that, but I believe it has more to do with his own green thumb. this tree is standing right next to where that giant wall of cucumbers are growing that I posted about earlier in the week, and I had nothing to do with those cucumbers!
I chose this as my skywatch photo because when I looked up and saw this beauty I thought this tall tree fit rather nicely in the sky. Isn't she pretty?
please go here if you would like to see even more amazing skies.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

empire state building

please click on photo for a much clearer view.

when I saw this today I realized I had to post it. I have never seen her from this particular vantage point and I thought she looked so striking. I have been up at the top of the empire state building just two times in my life. there is a long wait to reach the top but it is well worth it. go here to get to the buildings official internet site.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

moonlit night

please click on photo to see the effect of the moon

taking a walk through my neighborhood in the early evening is one of the simplest ways to enjoy the summertime, especially when the moon is shining! summer goes by too quick, so make sure you get out there and enjoy the nice weather before we all have to start wearing layers of cumbersome outer garments.
I do enjoy all four seasons, but I have two favorites, though the other two are right behind them. what are yours?
please notice how I didn't bring up any reference to any sort of blurriness.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

more garden pics from the suburbs

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a wall of cucumbers is what this is. I personally have never seen anything like it. pretty cool, don't you think? and I can tell you that here on long island, people love sharing what they grow. I personally have been eating fresh cucs since last month thanks to the gardeners, aka mom and dad, that planted here.

Monday, August 11, 2008

gardening in the suburbs

please click on this photo to see the exquisite beauty of these grape tomatoes

while sitting down gazing out my parent's kitchen window into their backyard, I couldn't help notice what looked like a small tree. I knew it had to be something growing in their garden when I realized it was actually their grape tomato plant. when I went outside to investigate further, I had to kneel down to get a shot of this plant from the ground up but it wouldn't fit inside the frame! that's how big it is.
many people on long island look forward to growing tomatoes in the summertime. there really isn't anything quite as good as a tomato eaten fresh from the garden. have you ever eaten fresh sliced tomatoes with mayonnaise on potato bread? go here for another delicious tomato recipe.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

jethro tull and peter frampton at jones beach theater

please click on photo to see the blurry mr. frampton, the audience loved him.

we had gone to see jethro tull last night with peter frampton as the opening act who by the way, far exceeded my expectations. so much so that I found myself yelling "peter, peter!"
as he uproariously ended with, do you feel like we do. let me just say that being part of that crowd was like being at a great party.
as soon as we got to the theatre, my husband started asking every guard at every VIP entrance if they knew a way we could meet the lead singer ian anderson of jethro tull. unfortunately, it was not meant to be so we were left with a magical night of music instead. If you have the opportunity to see a concert at jones beach, go for it. just remember to bring a sweater.
for more photos of ian anderson, go here.below is the jones beach theater as seen from the inside right before the concert started.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

rainbow over hempstead turnpike

I am fairly certain this is my fourth rainbow- if I'm not counting the ones I've made with the garden hose in the summertime. It had just stopped raining as we were driving down hempstead turnpike when suddenly I noticed these brilliant colors to the right up in the sky. for a few seconds I was like, what is that? as I continued to look, I realized, wow! it's a rainbow! and it's a huge rainbow as well. we were actually driving toward a glorious arch of color. I felt like God was saying, look at what I have for you. I was lucky I didn't get into a car wreck because this rainbow proved to be very distracting. I kept asking my passengers, "is anyone else noticing this, do you see anyone else looking up?" ian said he thought the people next to us noticed.
photo courtesy anthony

Friday, August 8, 2008

beach sky

the blue sky was changing with cloud cover heading our way. I didn't want the clouds shading our warmth but I have to say, they were really pretty to look at. I'm usually drawn to take pictures of the ocean, but the sight of these puffy clouds drew me to the dunes instead.
it's hard to believe it is skywatch friday already! if you want to participate, please go here.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Summer Night

Someday I will learn to take really excellent photos at night. Until that happens, I will be posting blurry looking night photos! When I was out taking an evening stroll I looked up to see this tree bathed in light by a street lamp with the last bits of blue sky leftover from the day. This reminded me of something one would see in a Maxfield Parrish painting. I was pleased that what I was seeing was actually showing up on the camera, even if it is a bit blurry.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

this one is staying open

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located on a major thoroughfare right next to a movie theater, this one has plenty of traffic. unfortunately that is not the case for the other starbucks in the same town. all too often stores come and go leaving a vacant building or storefront behind, so I'm sad to see the other one close. there aren't many places one can go and hang out in just to get a cup of coffee here in the suburbs of long island. I always liked this starbucks, the way it's designed as a freestanding modern building. they even have a few tables and chairs people can sit at out in front.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

flowering bush

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I am wondering if anyone knows what kind of bush this is. maybe some hints might help. I have several surrounding my patio. ever since I saw a row of them pruned to grow tall out in southampton one summer, we decided to do the same and have ours grow tall too. the one pictured here is easily 15 feet tall. I liked how the setting sun was shining on it. they are blooming all over long island now. the bees living in my yard are having a field day. drunk with pollen, they are literally coated in yellow. I am not exaggerating when I say they look as if they are flying under the influence.

Monday, August 4, 2008

more on the umbrella line

please click on this photo in order to see where exactly the lifeguard is sitting in relation to the umbrellas.

so the umbrella line is an imaginary line that runs in between those yellow umbrella line signs in the sand. this line designates the point at which no umbrellas are allowed to pass. this is so the lifeguards view remains unobstructed while he surveys the ocean of swimmers, keeping them safe. this is clearly illustrated in the above photograph where you can see the lifeguard sitting in his chair in front of all of the beautiful umbrellas.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

does anyone know what an umbrella line is?

Today was the perfect beach day complete with sunny blue skies! Well, except I heard that the water was a tad bit cold.
I couldn't help notice the umbrella line sign next to these two colorful umbrellas. If you haven't been to the beach in awhile, make sure you check it out. Summer goes by too quick without taking time out for some fun.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

my neighbors tree

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does anyone have any idea what type of tree this is? a hint is that they require special care. ok, maybe that isn't the greatest hint. anyway, I have at least three neighbors that have this same type of tree on their property. so I think they are fairly popular on long island. I love the leaves on them too.

Friday, August 1, 2008

august 1

if you are new to this blog, you should know I am not a professional photographer by any means. though I do love taking photos and have taken thousands over the years. I get such a kick out of seeing something I like and capturing it. It's as close as you can get to evidence of a vivid memory. when my son was in our backyard taking photos, I asked him to take a picture of the sky because it was so beautiful. this is exactly what the sky looked like. he captured it perfectly. if you look into the sky, there is a silohuette of a bird. I love how you can see evidence of insects in the leaves as well.

today is skywatch friday. if you would like to participate, go here