Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Sunset Not Seen During the Summer Months


Another memory from last year in December. As I perused my archives, I noticed this sunset was on the north side of this side of Robert Moses Fire Island National Seashore. I usually visit the lifeguard protected beachside for swimming purposes in summertime, a time of year when the earth is tilted in such a way as to obscure the sun from view long before it goes down.
Long story short, this is another good reason to visit Robert Moses Beach in winter! #myFavoriteBeachonLongIsland

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Selfie at The Bagel Shop

How can this image seem like yesterday and so very long ago at the same time? Taken a year ago this month almost to the day actually, this photograph represents a mundane shopping activity instantly turned precious by the fact that I was accompanied by my old partner in crime. Intrigued by the exceptional store front art gracing the windows of this bagel shop in Plainview, Ian and I stopped a moment to take advantage of the photo op. Of course not realizing I was also capturing a memory of our outing together - as evidenced by our distinct mother son silhouettes taking center stage. Photography is good that way in how it makes time stand still, allowing us to relive important moments in time.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

A perfect gift for the person who loves licorice


Funnily enough, the perfect licorice can be found at Myzel's Chocolate.  & One of the really neat things about living on Long Island is the close proximity to Christmas shopping in Manhattan. Ian brought this goody bag home for his Dad last year and he reported that it was one of those rare little shops that has miraculously stayed in business for years. He also said the people who worked there were super friendly and helpful. I plan on visiting Myzel's this holiday season and though I will buy some licorice for sure, I will definitely keep you posted on how good the chocolate is too.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Weather Report


It rained the entire day here and I'm not complaining either. I loved it actually. Besides, it could have very easily been like this - the same street five years ago in January.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Eiffel Tower and the Long Island Expressway


I often wonder how many other people notice this mini Eiffel Tower while driving the Long Island Expressway into Manhattan. I wish the designers of this structure made it taller instead of so compressed. Check out this far taller and more elegant looking Eiffel tower I spotted at Home Depot a couple of years ago.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Autumn Sunset Over the L.I.E.

I hate to say this but I am dreading our impending winter. I don't feel like being cold for the next six months.
Oh New York...if only I didn't love you so much.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Walk through One of my Favorite Places on Long Island


As you can see there are blue skies and plenty of beautiful color left here. This nature sanctuary is a perfect respite from all that is busy & hectic on Long Island. I hike here as often as I can which is not as much as I would like too!  I always feel so rejuvenated after a good hike in the woods.

Monday, November 2, 2015

At Least We Still Have Cooperstown


I really wanted the Mets to win last night. I guess I was prone to this years fever like every other New Yorker I spoke too. Cooperstown is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It is the quintessential idyllic American town with beautifully maintained old homes like this one you see pictured above. I should say that although I visited the Hall of Fame, the main reason I traveled to Cooperstown was to see my brother in law get married to the love of his life (& their wedding was exactly how many would imagine an Autumn wedding in Cooperstown to be).
Maybe next year The Mets will win.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Bejeweled by Nature

Buckets of rain poured down on Long Island last Wednesday - but yesterday and today have been pure bliss weatherwise. Check out these jewels nature left behind for us. Albeit temporary, they are treasures nonetheless. Please scroll down below to see if you can find the Yellow Jacket camouflaged amongst the yellow leaves.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bring it on Autumn

Priscilla notices it is Autumn. She's actually also pretending to be invisible to the squirrels you can't hear taunting her from the nearly leafless tree hanging over her as she holds this stance. Still as a statue, tail straight out. She's even willing to miraculously stop sniffing for a moment as she refuses to let them win. Priscilla learned how to act invisible from the squirrels and is now using this skill as a reverse psychology in the hopes of breaking said squirrels down in her efforts to attain total backyard domination. The last time she attempted dominating the backyard, she landed in the hospital as a result of fearlessly jumping over a wall taller than she, hence the leash you notice attached to my person... I mean her person.
I take great comfort that she's at it again.


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

When it snowed on Long Island the day before Halloween


If you were to ask me right before I stumbled upon this photograph, I would've guessed it was just 3 years ago at the most - only to be shocked when I looked at the date. Ian was still in high school when it snowed that Halloween weekend! Then I remembered driving him home from school and snapping this scene as we circled around the other side of this pond - wherein a very brief moment, everything became illuminated by our sun. It was considered a nor'easter and wreaked a fair amount of havoc on Long Island residents who endured power outages, fallen trees and a slower than usual LIRR.
It will be a bit chilly this Halloween, but so far, thankfully, there is no snow in our forecast.

Monday, October 26, 2015

This is Real


A beautiful day for some leaf peeping out and about Melville, NY.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Priscilla and Her Homies


It's been challenging to try and keep a dog with such an indomitable spirit, still. Priscilla had ACL surgery last September and was advised to limit all of her cardio. No running, jumping or climbing stairs. It's a tall order for one who likes to be in the thick of things. Luckily her support system is waiting in the wings for the day she will be allowed to play with them once again.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Route 109 in Farmingdale

Route 109-in-Farmingdale-New-York-Long-Island

It's that time of year again everyone. Shorter days and darker skies only means one thing to my body clock - hibernation time.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Murdock's Last Hope Rescue


I was inspired to paint Murdock after meeting with the board at Last Hope Animal Rescue here on Long Island. Dr. Maquine shared his story with me and then later introduced me to him. She told me a Long Island volunteer organized a FB page called Adopt Murdock where I later found pictures of him enjoying life outside in the snow. A volunteer, who was kind enough to exercise and care for him posted dozens of pictures of Murdock just as he was meant to be; cared for and loved. It took over a year, but the amazing people at Last Hope wouldn't rest until they found Murdock his forever home. To quote from Last Hope's formal announcement of Murdock's adoption, "...for every dog there is a family".


Murdock's story has only furthered my belief that our four legged friends really are the enlightened ones here on this planet. His beautiful spirit is awe inspiring.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

On My Way to Traffic Court Last Thursday #tbt


While stopped in traffic during rush hour last week, I noticed this golden beauty.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Summer is Ending

I took this picture last June at Airport Mesa in Sedona. I was on a short vacation then. It seems like eons ago! I think I like this picture much better from back when I first visited there two years ago.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

#FlashbackFriday...a day late, ha ha!

I was here the last Friday of last July. Wait, that didn't sound right, was that grammatically correct?

Thursday, August 6, 2015


I love these red flags and I love this shot Anthony captured of a man using a metal detector last Monday too. Thanks for contributing Anthony! xo

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Speaking of Rhode Island

Definitely one of my top three vacation spots of all time, Block Island never fails me in any way, shape or form. Here are the Mohegan Bluffs enveloped in foggy New England weather replete with summertime haze. I've written about these same bluffs from another vantage point over here.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Road to Providence, in Summer

I found nature's colors last Saturday morning both inspiring and beautiful as we drove along the Cross Island Expressway. I've taken similar shots you can see here and here. It's always fun to take a bunch of pictures as we speed down the road while at the same time wondering if I can catch any of the beauty I am witnessing.

Friday, July 31, 2015


Ian walks the beach enjoying the sunset at Robert Moses in July of last Summer. Here are the pictures I posted last year from this very same beach walk.
Happy Friday everyone!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Happy 10th Birthday Priscilla!

Priscilla gives my almond biscotti the staredown.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Desert Bliss

I know how important rain is and I fully appreciate it, but I do love the desert. I got to visit Sedona again last month and got to see these beauties. After the winter we last experienced I felt Sedona's heat deep inside my bones. It felt so very good.

Thursday, July 16, 2015


The weather is gorgeous today! I hope it is the same wherever you are too.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Feels Like Summer

I'm loving what the rain is doing to our garden!

Friday, June 5, 2015


When I think of Massachusetts, this is the type of image that appears in my mind. A few years ago I spent time here traveling back and forth to visit Ian while he was attending a young writer's workshop at Bard College at Simon's Rock which he absolutely loved.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Rain Rain Go Away

I first noticed the rain clouds over the Home Depot in Farmingdale last Sunday. It was only when I uploaded this photo I spotted the plane.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

This Morning's Magic Hour

The sun lit up the lillies like miniature fairy lights in the garden this morning.
And just in case you are in the mood for a little #tbt, go here.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

I happened upon this pink Dogwood tree almost exactly a year ago to this very day.

Friday, May 8, 2015

R.I.P. Brian Moore

Many residents wore blue or carried blue balloons and ribbons as they gathered along Conklin Street in Farmingdale, NY today as a show of support for Brian Moore's funeral cortege.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Those Blooming Lilacs...

A glorious spring day with a little #tbt for good measure!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Still Life with Samantha

Priscilla's cousin.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Yoga on Main Street

Another day, another blue sky. This was taken straight out of camera from my ultra modern Iphone 4.

Monday, May 4, 2015

A Very Merry Monday, sort of

Oops, only today is Tuesday...what happened and why this did not post yesterday I do not know. Whatever the case, I wanted to share this wondrous Spring essence of fluorescence.
See more of nature's natural litter here.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

More from my backyard garden...

A blue sky and cherry blossom filled weekend.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Acknowledging the Sun

Thank you sun, for coming out so consistently these last several days, it is much appreciated.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Technicolor in the Farmingdale Village Green

Blindingly surreal when you compare how this last winter dulled my senses to expect only a grey, pale grey or dark grey sky. Thank you sunshine, for making a regular appearance these last several days.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Cherry Blossoms at the Farmingdale State College

I found this nice surprise from my april 2009 archives. I believe I never posted it because I had posted other blossoms earlier that April over here and here. The sunshine and time of day casts a different light on these blooms making them paler by comparison to the vibrant pink blossoms in the links.

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Very Sunny Day

I bet this bird is happy no matter what the weather is. There was a point in time last week where I thought if I woke up to one more grey day I would just go back to bed until the sun came out. Then the sun came out, for like TWO days in a row and it was awesome! Everywhere I went I overheard people talking about how wonderful it was. Someone actually texted me saying how he noticed everyone being cheerier due to the sunny climate.
I hope it doesn't rain tomorrow.

More about Mourning Doves can be found here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Three More Days Until Spring

None of these florescent greens have found their way into my backyard yet, these are from last years archives. The days are getting longer. Now all we need is some green then spring shall be complete.
Sadly, the Northeast is expecting yet another "wintry mix" by the end of this week. I hope the weather people are wrong.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Wintertime Waves at Robert Moses

I haven't seen waves quite like this in ages. The picture quality isn't the greatest but if you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can perhaps get a sense of how the sea is spraying up as each wave turns and crashes. It was pretty awesome, and cold too.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Snow on the Beach

Last weekend I went for a walk on the beach at Robert Moses and this is what I found.

Friday, February 13, 2015

This Won't be Happening Today

Only because it's 10 degrees outside in Farmingdale- with a "real feel" temp of -6 degrees

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A View of the Long Island Sound as seen from Caumsett

Happy belated New Year everyone!
I spent a couple of days over the holiday hiking along both the North Shore of Long Island as well as the South.  I shot the scene above, the Monday after Christmas. The scene below was taken from directly behind me. I'm glad I took advantage of the unusually warm weather - especially after today's Arctic like cold.