Saturday, December 21, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

before the snowplow

before the snowplow by Alida's Photos
before the snowplow, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

river snow

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

Just north of the bridge in Sayville, the water's surface is beginning to freeze and a light snow covered the branches.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Bellport Beach, Fire Island

Ho Hum Beach, aerial, taken in 2008
This is "Ho Hum Beach", across from Bellport. It's a 'resident only' beach, accessed by limited ferry service. 

Monday, December 2, 2013


RM causeway by Alida's Photos
RM causeway, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Robert Moses Causeway

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Davis Park 2009

Davis Park 2009 by Alida's Photos
Davis Park 2009, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Many of these homes will be torn down, or have already been washed away, all from the erosion of Sandy.

Monday, October 7, 2013

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)

The wildlife rescue group....taken in October of 2010

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Watch Hill in Autumn

Watch Hill Walk by Alida's Photos
Watch Hill Walk, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Fire Island's Watch Hill, part of the Fire Island National Seashore.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Does this ring true?

Deep Hollow Ranch

montauk lighthouse by Alida's Photos

montauk lighthouse, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

A friend recentely sent this information along. Are these true facts? Well, I'd have to check each one, but they sound convincing to me! Check them out!

Mastic was the home of William Floyd, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Long Island's first two settlements were Southold and Southampton, in 1640.

Deep Hollow Ranch in Montauk is the site of the oldest cattle ranch in America, built in 1658, and birthplace of the American cowboy.

The Lighthouse at Montauk became NY's first coastal beacon in 1796.

The first radio transmission, by wireless inventor Guglielmo Marconi, was in 1901 on Fire Island Avenue in Babylon.

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh took off from Roosevelt Field, as he embarked on the first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

Americas first supermarket, King Kullen, started on Long Island in 1930.

Levittown, the first suburbia in the U.S., was built on Long Island in 1947.

The Lunar Module which landed men on the moon in 1969, was built on Long Island by the Grumman Corp.

Long Island is the largest island among the 48 contiguous states.

The only working water mill and windmill in the US are located in the Long Island community of Water Mill.

Richard Nixon's deceased dog Checkers is buried at Long Island's Bide-a-Wee Pet Cemetery.

When the Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883, it became the first land-transport route between Long Island and mainland USA. Before that, the only way to travel between the two was by boat.

Long Island was sculpted by melted glaciers, which is why there is a clear difference between the hilly North Shore and the flat South Shore of Long Island.

Long Island is the most populated island in the United States and the 17th most populated island in the world. Interesting fact: Long Island is more populated than the entire country of Jamaica and of Ireland!

If Long Island was its own state, it would rank 12th in terms of population.

The largest industrial park in the US is located on Long Island - The Hauppauge Industrial Park which houses 1,300 companies and employs more than 55,000 people.

Together Nassau and Suffolk counties' nearly 180 fire agencies possess more fire trucks than New York City and Los Angeles County combined.

Suffolk County is the leading agricultural county in New York State based on the wholesale value of its farm products.

More 7-Eleven coffee is purchased on Long Island than in all of California.

Friday, September 6, 2013

September Davis Marina

September Davis Marina by Alida's Photos
September Davis Marina, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Davis Park Marina on a cloudy, foggy evening.

Monday, September 2, 2013

My Fox Experience

fox kit by Alida's Photos
fox kit, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

There's been so much talk about the recent fox sightings that I thought I would share my personal experience. I've lived on Long Island since 1979 and until four years ago, had never seen a fox in the wild. Never!

In 2009, one early spring day, my husband and I took our boat to Barrett Beach and there, sunning himself/herself in the vegetation was a full grown and very healthy looking fox. I was so excited; I grabbed my camera and took some shots. It wasn't the best time of day, so the next day and a few days after, we went back to take additional photos, with a longer lens and in the early morning light.

A few weeks later, we went back to the same area and the smell was over-powering. We could see the remains of fish, skates, crabs, gulls and even something that looked like a muskrat. We quietly sat in the sand and waited for the fox to return. Well, to our surprise, out came three little fox kits! Apparently, this was their fox den and the mother had been bringing food to her babies. When the mother returned, she was not happy to see us sitting there, even though we kept a safe distance. They all returned to their "nest" and we did not see them again for the rest of the day!

We often see fox on Fire Island and have since 2009. I often laugh when the caution tapes go up to protect the shore birds. Look behind those tapes and you will see lots of fox prints. I guess foxes don't know the shorebirds are endangered!

In 2010 I saw a fox for the first time in Bayport. One of our neighbors had some chickens in a chicken coop. The fox returned more than once for those chickens. One day I got a shot of him walking down the street with a chicken in his/her mouth. Needless to say, our neighbor no longer has the chicken coop.

We continue to see a fox in the neighborhood, often just after sunset or very early in the morning. I don't rush to take photos anymore. Sadly, the fox I've seen recently doesn't look as healthy as the fox I saw that first time on Fire Island. Lack of food, living among people, or some fox illness has apparently taken its toll. I'm not a veterinarian but the fox just doesn't look as healthy to me. I hope they do survive here on Long Island. It's nice to see a little wildlife here in our suburban community.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

la salle bridge

la salle bridge by Alida's Photos
la salle bridge, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

The old La Salle Academy in Oakdale...

Friday, August 9, 2013

Dingy on Great South Bay

Robert Moses Bridge in the background...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


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


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Jones Beach from ocean

Jones Beach from ocean by Alida's Photos
Jones Beach from ocean, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Out in the ocean and deeper water we could see Jones Beach Theatre and the "pencil" at Jones Beach.

Ocean Buoy at sunrise

Ocean Buoy at sunrise by Alida's Photos
Ocean Buoy at sunrise, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Just outside the Fire Island Inlet
We left the Great South Bay early on Day 2, and entered the calm sea with a rising sun.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

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

Fireworks on Connetquot River

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


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

The only ocean-front restaurant on Fire Island, this is in Davis Park. It's called "The Casino"- no gambling, just food and a bar. On summer weekends it becomes quite lively with music and dancing on the outside deck!

walk to the Pines

walk to the Pines by Alida's Photos
walk to the Pines, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

This was taken on a walk from Davis Park to the Pines.
This image is for sale on canvas. Email me for more information about size and price and immediate pick up or delivery.

fishing at Davis Park

rough water by Alida's Photos
rough water, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

FI National Seashore

FI National Seashore by Alida's Photos
FI National Seashore, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Beautiful weather for Fire Island!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

spinnaker sailing

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

Beautiful early June sailing weather.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Blue Angels formation

Blue Angels formation by Alida's Photos
Blue Angels formation, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Blue Angels at the Jones Beach Air Show rehersal, May 2010

Unfortunately, they won't be here this year!

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