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Cupsogue Before the Snow

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Pretty crazy that between all these snowstorms we’ve been having, in between can still look so amazingly breath-taking. (That is not to take away from the effects of all these storms have on our beaches, as this is one of only a few photos taken this day that erosion and washed up debris is not visible.)

Cupsogue Before the Snow
09 February 2010
Cupsogue, Westhampton Beach, NY

The Dunes at Sunset

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The Dunes at Sunset
13 September 2009
Pike’s Beach, Westhampton Beach, NY

Written by Allison Frost

December 5, 2009 at 10:19 am

The Squirrel at the Boardwalk

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This squirrel, like me, wants to join the circus. This squirrel, unlike me, is actually training for it.

The Squirrel at the Boardwalk
09 February 2009
Cupsogue Beach, Westhampton

The Sky Over Cupsogue

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This dramatic sky swept over the dunes at Cupsogue.

(For those of you unfamiliar with the area, the dunes are the protected habitat of the piping plover — the fence is to keep people off of prime nesting ground. According to Wikipedia, the piping plover are a near threatened species, but I have a feeling that at least around here they’re threatened, as I’ve never managed to see one and they are crazy “protected” at every beach around.)

The Sky Over Cupsogue
09 February 2009
Cupsogue Beach, Westhampton, NY

The Deer on the Dunes

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Sometimes the natural world and the man made world collide. One of the biggest hazards to living in even a semi-rural area is deer on the road, usually at dawn or dusk. You should always be aware of your surroundings when operating an automobile, but in November, at the peak of the rutting season for deer, auto collisions with the animals are usually higher than usual.

Often, people are surprised when they hear that there are deer on Dune Road, but it makes sense if you think about it. After all, from Labor Day to Memorial Day they have practically have free run over the whole barrier island (even the post office stops delivering down there in October). There are still wild, undeveloped sections like the one I found this deer in, despite all the crazed building that has gone on in recent years (Westhampton Queens Dunes, I’m looking at your McMansions). And of course, there are the same bridges that we use to cross the bay — you didn’t think they were just for people use, did you?

The Deer on the Dunes
25 April 2008
Quogue/East Quogue, NY (pretty much right on the border here)

Written by Al

October 30, 2008 at 11:07 pm