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Archive for October 2008

The Spider in the Web

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I freaking love spiders. I know I’m mostly alone in this, and that most girls and guys run shrieking for the boot when they see one. But the great thing about living on Long Island (well, one of the great things) is that not many indigenous critters are poisonous. This leaves room for exploration, for poking one’s nose into the dark corners without fear.

Not only are they absolutely beautiful (mostly), but they create beautiful webs that gather up all the nasty little insects of the world. If I come across a spider in my house, I leave it be. The one natural thing I cannot stand is ants, and let’s face it, they manage to get inside a lot — hopefully my little army of live-and-let-live spiders will help me with some natural pest control.

The Spider in the Web
30 August 2008
Westhampton Beach, NY

Written by Al

October 30, 2008 at 12:01 am

The Forest for the Trees

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This is one of my favorite places on the trail of the Quogue Wildlife. It’s simply one of those magical places where the light always seems to shine through the trees just right, no matter the season.

The Forest for the Trees
20 October 2008
Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue, NY

Written by Al

October 29, 2008 at 9:30 am

The Plover at Pike’s

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Right now it’s pouring outside, and it looks like it’ll be that way all day. So today’s picture is a Beach Day, even if today isn’t. This particular plover was pretty adventurous, risking the tidal wrath of an August day for some presumably good eats.

The Plover at Pike’s
19 August 2008
Pike’s Beach, Westhampton

Written by Al

October 28, 2008 at 10:22 am

The Deer in the Creek

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My mother was coming home from “the club” (one of the local health club chains where locals and summer folk alike flock to get fit, play tennis, and shoot the breeze) when she spotted this group of deer in the creek. Fortunately we live close to the club and this creek is less than halfway there, and I was able to make my way down after her call to see (and photograph) for myself before the deer got spooked and headed back into the woods.

Deer in Creek
05 November 2007
Quiogue, NY

Written by Al

October 28, 2008 at 5:59 am