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The Cygnets at the Pond (Part II)

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The Cygnets at the Pond (Part II)
27 May 2009
Westhampton Beach/Quiogue, NY

Written by Allison Frost

June 23, 2009 at 10:40 am

The Egret from My Bike

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This is, perhaps, not a particularly good photograph, but it does have a story behind it.

When D came out for a visit, I took him on one of my bicycle rides through some of my favorite spots. It’s a long ride — it’s usually between 13-15 miles, and takes me about three or four hours depending on where I stop to take photos. He, unfortunately, did not listen to me and had only some grapes for breakfast. (I believe he was also adjusting to the earlier time zone.) So when we had gotten almost as far as I like to go, he suggested we go grab some lunch, as he was exhausted and hungry. Fine, I promised him. Except, I still kept stopping every time we came across something interesting on the way back, not knowing how bad his exhaustion really was, thinking it was only that he didn’t want to go further. Finally at one of the stops, he told me, and I promised him that I wouldn’t stop for any bird (save a black crowned night heron, as I’ve never seen one in person), not even an egret. Now that’s love.

Of course, on the way back, what should we see but an egret by the side of the road. As I had said I wouldn’t stop, and I was far enough ahead of D that if I slowed down a little it wouldn’t matter, and there was no traffic, I whipped out my 40D, with its big ole’ 200mm lens, and tried shooting some photos while still riding the bike. Needless to say, it did not work so well, and most of the shots came out blurry, unfocused, or simpy sky shots.

The Egret from my Bike
19 May 2009
Quogue/East Quogue, NY

Written by Allison Frost

June 22, 2009 at 10:33 am

The Polar Bear in the Bronx

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The Polar Bear in the Bronx
04 June 2009
Bronx Zoo, Bronx, NY

Written by Allison Frost

June 21, 2009 at 10:42 am

The Cygnet Affronted

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The Cygnet Affronted
01 June 2009
Westhampton Beach/Quiogue, NY

Written by Allison Frost

June 20, 2009 at 10:39 am

The Snowy Egret in the Speonk River

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A bicycle trip in the opposite of my normal direction yielded a sighting of a pair of little green herons (whose portraits did not turn out well), a kingfisher (also unlucky in his pictures) and a few egrets, the most photogenic of which was this snowy egret in the Speonk “River” (really mostly a stream).

(Mostly unrelated: in looking for more information about the Speonk River, I came across this article from the NY Times, dated 02 March 1896. What an interesting piece of history, and how lovely for the NY Times to make it available to anyone curious enough to read it!)

The Snowy Egret in the Speonk River
01 June 2009
Speonk River, Speonk, NY

The Cygnets at the Pond

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The Cygnets at the Pond
27 May 2009
Westhampton Beach/Quiogue, NY

Written by Allison Frost

June 16, 2009 at 10:16 am

The Egret in the Wind

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The Egret in the Wind
20 April 2009
Dune Road, East Quogue/Hampton Bays, NY

Written by Allison Frost

June 15, 2009 at 10:14 am