Wild Westhampton

…nature in the Hamptons…

The Clover of the Three Leafed Variety

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The Clover of the Three Leafed Variety
03 May 2011
Quiogue, NY

Written by Allison Frost

May 24, 2011 at 10:47 am

The Battle Scarred Bird

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Walking in an aviary does have its hazards. Take this bird for example (whose identification I could not find; the zoo’s website was no help there). Near as I can figure, it really does not like to have its photo taken. Every time I raised my lens up to my eye to compose a shot, it was ready to dive bomb me. Here it is, just as it jumps off its perch. And here again.

Absolutely terrifying, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I let out a scream when it happened; I was afraid it would hurt itself or damage my lens. The first time, I thought, “Okay, maybe I’m in its way.” But the pattern became clear after the second time.

The Battle Scarred Bird
13 March 2011
Bronx Zoo, Bronx, NY

Written by Allison Frost

May 23, 2011 at 10:47 am

The Black Crowned Night Heron (Part II)

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The Black Crowned Night Heron (Part II)
15 June 2010
Dune Rd, East Quogue, NY

The Butterfly and the Bee

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The Butterfly and the Bee

People ask me why I don’t like butterflies. Aside from an intense, visceral reaction (yes, I squeak and tense up and generally act like a six year old who’s spotted a monster underneath the bed), the only thing I can say is… well, look at it! That creepy thing is just sitting on the flower, chilling out, while behind it is a bee, something with a stinger that could impale the butterfly like Vlad Tepes’ victims. Yet the butterfly ignores the bee, and just sips at the flower with its longer-than-its-legs proboscis. That is bad ass.

Also, the thing could come flying at me any second. I ask you, how is a butterfly not creepy?

The Butterfly and the Bee
26 July 2010
Morton Wildlife Refuge, Sag Harbor, NY

The Dragonfly on the Antenna (Part II)

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The Dragonfly on the Antenna (Part II)
26 June 2010
Quiogue, NY

Written by Allison Frost

May 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm

The Wood Duck in the Aviary

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I took a staycation this March in an attempt to save up money for my November vacation (when I hope to go to the Festival of the Cranes). But dang, it’s hard to think of things to do when most things around town are closed til April at the earliest! Even looking to the rest of Long Island, there wasn’t much exciting going on. So I made the trip out to an old favorite, the Bronx Zoo.

This guy can be found in one of the aviaries. Yep, you can find his fellows on Long Island, but I haven’t spotted one in a while. So it was a treat to see him at the BZ.

The Wood Duck in the Aviary
13 March 2011
Bronx Zoo, NY

Written by Allison Frost

May 20, 2011 at 10:45 am

The Fish in the Bay (Part II)

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The Fish in the Bay (Part II)
28 June 2010
Tiana, East Quogue, NY

Written by Allison Frost

May 19, 2011 at 6:36 pm

The Jellyfish in the Sea

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Last summer was all about the underwater camera. My mother and I both have one, and we wound up at Morton one day, dueling to see who could get the best shot of the jellyfish that were floating in the bay. This was probably my best shot from that day — it’s harder than you might think to focus a camera underwater on a subject that just kind of drifts around with the tide, all while trying not to get stung by its floating brethren.

The Jellyfish in the Sea
26 July 2010
Morton Wildlife Refuge, Sag Harbor, NY

The Cygnet’s Version of the Snoopy Dance (Part II)

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Yes, this is last year’s cygnet, to tide you over ’til I get this year’s photos batched.

The Cygnet’s Version of the Snoopy Dance (Part II)
23 June 2010
Cranberry Marsh, Westhampton Beach, NY

The Moon Before the Eclipse

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The Moon Before the Eclipse

Before the last lunar eclipse, I went out and got my camera and tripod all set up so when it actually happened, I’d be ready for the perfect shot. Of course, the best laid plans of mice and men… Two hours later, clouds ruined all that preparation. I went out every few minutes, hoping that all the cloud cover would give way, but to no avail. The only thing I succeeded in that night was in annoying my housemates with the banging of the screen door.

The Moon Before the Eclipse
21 December 2010
Westhampton Beach, NY

Written by Allison Frost

May 18, 2011 at 10:44 am