Wednesday, December 28, 2011

sunset on the river

sunset on the river by Alida's Photos
sunset on the river, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

The furthest south that the sun will set from this location. It's on the move........

Friday, December 23, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

lighthouse on Fire Island

With new construction at the lighthouse, this view is no longer the same.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

sayville at night

sayville at night by Alida's Photos
sayville at night, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Town Park and Marina on the Great South Bay, Sayville, Long Island, NY

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Riverhead, Long Island

Riverhead, Long Island by Alida's Photos
Riverhead, Long Island, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Winter on Long Island

Suffolk County Park in Riverhead

Indian Island, Suffolk County Park
The marsh at Meeting House Creek

Shopping craziness

Macy's by Alida's Photos
Macy's, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

The shopping craziness has begun. Does it get you stressed and uneasy?
This photo is of Macy's in Manhattan.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Duck Box

duck box by Alida's Photos
duck box, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Built by a neighbor, a few years ago, the box sits in the phragmites.

I've never actually seen a duck in the nesting box but we do have plenty of ducks on the river.

It is my understanding that this is built specifically for Wood Ducks, and we mainly see Mallards here.

At this time of year, the Buffleheads come to visit, migrating through Long Island, and away from the windy Great South Bay.

Friday, November 11, 2011

thank our veterans

our veterans by Alida's Photos
our veterans, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

A thank you to our veterans and their families for sacrifices they have made!
Thank you!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Arboretum bench

Arboretum bench by Alida's Photos
Arboretum bench, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Just a walk through the arboretum, on a beautiful autumn day.

The leaves are not as vibrant this year due to hurricane Irene and the heavy ice storm last week.

Many trees are bare and any leaves on the trees are just a drab brown color.

In spite of the lack of color, it does have its beauty!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Dutch Christmas at Meadow Croft, 2011


Bayport Heritage Association invites all local-area residents to their DUTCH CHRISTMAS AT MEADOW CROFT, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3rd, and 4th, 2011, at the Meadow Croft estate located at 299 Middle Road at Brown’s River on the Bayport Sayville border.

Meadow Croft is the 1891 estate of John E. Roosevelt and family. The Roosevelts were, of course, Dutch by ancestry. The house will be decorated in a Victorian/Edwardian motif with beautiful wreaths, poinsettias and greenery magnificently reminiscent of a hundred years ago and tied in with a Dutch flavor.

Musical selections will be played on the original Roosevelt grand piano filling the house with the music of the season.

Upstairs, special exhibits, including electric trains, teddy bears, dolls, vintage clothing, woodcarvings, old-time toys, and Christmas specialties, will be on display for public enjoyment.

Hot chocolate and cookies will add to the coziness of the occasion. St. Nicholas, the Dutch version of Santa Claus, will be there to look up individual children’s names in his ledger and he’ll find out who’s been ‘naughty and nice’ in 2011.

This Dutch Christmas at Meadow Croft is open from noon to 4 PM both days. Admission is only $5 for adults and $3 for seniors & children age 4-12. Not suitable for children under 4 years of age.
All the decorations will be raffled off.

Info: 631-363-6487

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Great South Bay islands

Aerial shot just west of the Robert Moses Bridge...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Browns River

Browns River by Alida's Photos
Browns River, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Browns River, looking south to the Great South Bay. The river is the boundary between Sayville (on the right, west side) and Bayport (on the left, east of the river).

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Carmens River

Carmens River by Alida's Photos
Carmens River, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

The Carmen's River of Brookhaven, Long Island in autumn 2008

In another week or two, we will have this color.

Eurasian Eagle-owl, captured

Eurasian Eagle-owl (Bubo bubo)

Barred Owl, captured

Barred Owl, captured by Alida's Photos
Barred Owl, captured, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Barred Owl (Strix varia)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Autumn Trail

Autumn Trail by Alida's Photos
Autumn Trail, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Connetquot River at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in autumn

Autumn Connetquot River

Autumn, Connetquot River at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum

Thursday, September 29, 2011


dahlia by Alida's Photos
dahlia, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

From the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Oakdale, NY.

The Dahlia Garden is located in the easterly end of the park behind the Cow Barn. It was planted and is maintained by the LONG ISLAND DAHLIA SOCIETY. There are currently approximately 500 plants and over 400 varieties. This is one of the largest dahlia gardens on the east coast. The garden peaks in September and October. The LIDS holds flower shows at the Arboretum in the fall of each year. Membership in the society is available. For further information contact the Arboretum at 631-581-1002.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bayard Cutting Arboretum

pollen & bee by Alida's Photos
pollen & bee, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

The dahlia garden at the Cutting Arboretum in Oakdale is at its peak.

Take a ride over there and view the beautiful dahlias! There are also lots of bees but don't worry.

They won't be interested in you with so many colorful flowers available!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

After Labor Day

parking by the bay by Alida's Photos
parking by the bay, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

There is something so different about the air once Labor Day arrives.

The sky has less haze and more fluffy clouds.

The coolness in the air has that almost autumn feel.

It is one of the best times on Long Island!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Friday, September 9, 2011

Port Jefferson ferry

Port Jeff ferry by Alida's Photos
Port Jeff ferry, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

The rain finally stopped long enough to walk around Port Jefferson.

Monday, September 5, 2011

House Tour, Long Island

the living room by Alida's Photos
the living room, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

The Bayport Heritage Association is having their 25th Autumn House Tour, Sunday, October 16th.
Tickets are $25 per person and all proceeds go to the Bayport Heritage Association.
You can buy tickets by mail. Send checks to:
Bayport Heritage Association
PO Box 4
Bayport, NY 11705

or you can buy the tickets beginning October 1st, at the following locations:
•Country Junque on Middle Road
•Bayport Flower House
•Bayport-Blue Point Library

Homes in Bayport and Blue Point are featured, including the estate home designed by George B Post, architect of the NY Stock Exchange.

Refreshments will be served at the Meadow Croft estate, on Middle Road, Sayville.

For information, contact:
Jaci Montgomery

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Brown's River floods the street

flooding river by Alida's Photos
flooding river, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Hope you all recover soon!
The flood water has receded but many of you are without power.

In this photo, taken on Sunday, the water pours out of the river onto a residential street.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Race Rock Lighthouse

Race Rock Lighthouse by Alida's Photos
Race Rock Lighthouse, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

One of the lighthouses on our Lighthouse Cruise out of Greenport.

One of the engineers of Race Rock Lighthouse, Captain Thomas Albertson Scott, also built the seawall at Governors Island and the foundation for the Statue of Liberty.

It was a great cruise!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Fire Island Beach

Fire Island Beach by Alida's Photos
Fire Island Beach, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

The weather has been beautiful.

The ocean waves have been calm and the water warm.

It's been perfect beach weather, but last night's storm gave us a reality check.

Enjoy the summer while you can!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

sailing race

sailing race by Alida's Photos
sailing race, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Last night (August 11, 2011) on the Great South Bay

Thursday, August 4, 2011

George B Post home

I had an interesting day today.
Since I am on the House Tour committee for the Bayport Heritage Association, I toured the house built by George B Post.
The home, the Littlewood Estate, built 1896, is now for sale.
Since it is such a historic house and built by a well-known architect, the Heritage Association wanted to have it shown to the public.
It is not known what the new owner will do, how the house will change or even if it will remain standing (Yikees!).
It is a beautiful old home, with 9 bedrooms, servants quarters, trunk room, full basement and attic. It needs much updating but the right owner can do it justice and return this to the masterpiece it once was.
My wish is for its preservation, of course.

If you'd like to go on the Hour Tour, October 16, 2011, please email me, alidathorpe[at], and I will send you more information to buy tickets, $25. There will be 5 or 6 homes on the tour as well as refreshments at the estate of Meadow Croft.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bellport Art Show

Muttontown Preserve by Alida's Photos
Muttontown Preserve, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

This photo is for sale, on canvas, 14x14", at the Phoenix Gallery, Bellport. Canvas wrapped and ready to hang, profits go to the Brookhaven Arts Council.

Click here for address and directions:
Hope you will stop by and see the amazing photography of NWPLI, the Nature and Wildlife Photographers of Long Island.
Thank you!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

coming home

coming home by Alida's Photos
coming home, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Belmont Park Racetrack

Friday, July 8, 2011

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Swim Flags

Swim Flags by Alida's Photos
Swim Flags, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Swim in the green...
Almost every year people drown in the ocean off Fire Island. Sometimes the waves and rip-currents are too strong and people aren't prepared. There are no lifeguards in some areas. Swim in the green flagged areas!

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