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Archive for November 2008

The Wasp on the Window

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Okay, not a picture from around here. Give a gal a break, please.

I found this fellow looking in on my kitchen greenhouse window when I lived in L.A. He was just as curious about me as I was of him, and as (I feel) the best way to study a wasp is from behind glass (window or lens, take your pick), I took advantage.

The Wasp on the Window
16 November 2006
Sunland, CA

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Written by Al

November 23, 2008 at 9:53 pm

The Cricket on the Curtain

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We get a lot of crickets in the house. Supposedly, that’s good luck. My mother loves to let them hop along in the basement, keeping her company as she does the wash. Occasionally, they follow her up to the kitchen. Not as often, they follow me from there up to my room (above the kitchen). This little fellow is the first one I’ve found alive up here (found plenty of cricket corpses, though!).

The Cricket on the Curtain
03 November 2008
Westhampton Beach, NY

The Fawn in the Woods (Part II)

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The same fawn first mentioned here.

The Fawn in the Woods (Part II)
03 November 2008
Wildwood State Park, New York

Written by Al

November 5, 2008 at 11:25 pm

The Daisy in the Driveway

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Ah, the Montauk Daisy. Staple of fall. Simple. Pretty. ‘Nuff said.

The Daisy in the Driveway
06 October 2008
Quiogue, NY

Written by Al

November 3, 2008 at 11:30 pm

The Fawn in the Woods

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When at Wildwood, my mother and I found ourselves wondering one thing — in all of this preserved woodland, where were the deer? After all, if they can roam Main Street in Westhampton Beach, why not these woods?

Off in the distance, the sound of maintenance trucks roared, and all of a sudden, at the top of the hill on the path in front of us crossed four or five deer, from one side of the woods to the other. We approached the side they crossed to cautiously, wary of scaring them, but it seemed they were more curious than frightened. They stared at us while our cameras went click click click.

The Fawn in the Woods
03 November 2008
Wildwood State Park, New York

Written by Al

November 3, 2008 at 11:22 pm

The Leaves in the Trees (Part II)

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Who says you have to go upstate or to Vermont or New Hampshire to catch some great foliage? We have tons right here on Long Island (as the backs of many Long Islanders who have to rake can attest).

A visit to Wildwood State Park up on the North Shore (read: rocky beaches, the Long Island Sound instead of the Atlantic Ocean) yielded a few beautiful shots, including this tree lined camping ground.

The Leaves in the Trees (Part II)
03 November 2008
Wildwood State Park, New York

The Egret with the Fish

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If I’m not careful, you will all get sick very soon of my strange obsession with egrets. And it is an obsession. On a beautiful late spring/summer/early fall day, I will take my camera and go a-hunting at all the spots I’ve seen egrets before, and I will search and search and search until I find at least one, and then I will plunk myself down and take photographs until I run out of memory cards, run out of light, or until the wader flies away.

This particular guy was either very patient or very hungry, and let me stay close until I ran out of memory.

The Egret with the Fish
12 October 2007
Westhampton Beach, NY

Written by Al

November 1, 2008 at 9:29 am