Craig Peter Low

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler."
--- Henry David Thoreau

Robert Moses State Park, Long Island, NY. After several winters of hiking along the bay on the far western edge of the park, I finally spotted my first seals in the bay (3rd picture). Unfortunately I only had my iPhone so the photo is a little grainy and hard to discern. I suspect the two seals swam in from the Fire Island Inlet chasing bait fish. In addition to the seals were the usually fauna suspects of water birds and a spider crab. Wildlife abounds on Long Island, you just have to get out and keep an eye for it!

Dune restoration at Robert Moses State Park, NY.

If I had a nickel for every mylar balloon that washed up on the beach —- I’d be a millionaire!  Too much trash!   Gilgo Beach, Long Island.

If I had a nickel for every mylar balloon that washed up on the beach —- I’d be a millionaire! Too much trash! Gilgo Beach, Long Island.

Fire Island Lighthouse, Winter 2014.  

Fire Island Lighthouse, Winter 2014.  

Captree Island State Park, Long Island, NY. Just off the Robert Moses Causeway to the Fire Island Seashore is the lesser visited Captree State Park. The state park has easy access to the bay and from its shores great surfcasting fishing. The park has two piers to fish from and is the home to the Captree Fishing fleet. With striped bass season approaching, the beaches, piers and boats will be busy with anglers from across the mid Atlantic.

Fire Island National Seashore, NY.  The National Park has several miles of elevated boardwalks winding through the coastal lowlands and around the dune and beach shrubs.  From the boardwalks the coastal ecology can be observed and provides a great escape from the suburbs of Long Island.  Hurricane Sandy either damaged or completely washed away all the boardwalks.  The final section from Burma Road to the Lens House was completed and opened earlier this month.

Fire Island National Seashore, NY. The National Park has several miles of elevated boardwalks winding through the coastal lowlands and around the dune and beach shrubs. From the boardwalks the coastal ecology can be observed and provides a great escape from the suburbs of Long Island. Hurricane Sandy either damaged or completely washed away all the boardwalks. The final section from Burma Road to the Lens House was completed and opened earlier this month.

Fire Island National Seashore, NY. A lone fox was out scavenging the boardwalks and picnic areas for an evening meal. With the warm weather over the weekend bringing out the first beach goers, a meal was easy to find.

Saturday in Central Park, New York City, April 2014.

Navigation, Bay Shore, NY.

Navigation, Bay Shore, NY.

New York City, March 15,2014.  Shot the last of the film I had purchased a few months back.  For 3 weeks the exposed cassette sat on my desk until today when I got it developed at CVS.  It was like opening Christmas gifts seeing the photos for the first time after much anticipation.  A few disappointments, but mostly pleasantly surprised!  Digital capture is absolutely great, but the journey with film is rewarding in ways that you can not replicate.  I suppose you could set the camera to manual and shut off the auto review playback on the monitor and just shoot.  But nothing beats opening that folder and seeing the prints for the first time.   

Fire Island National Seashore, Long Island (FINS), New York. When thinking of a National Park, such as the Fire Island National Seashore, you might think of it’s distance and remote location from civilization, or at least suburbia. But that’s the paradox of FINS. Just 45 miles east of New York City, and 6 miles south of southern Long Island, the park represents both a glimpse into the past of how the barrier beach has remained unchanged for decades, yet from its shores, mass urbanization can be seen. In a short hike through the park you can see rich coastal history, flora and fauna that has existed as it has for decades and evidence of the power of nature in hurricanes. Although people have developed portions of Fire Island and FINS is a protected park with its paths and beaches well traveled, nothing is more disappointing than seeing the amount of trash and garbage that has washed ashore or has been inter-winded into the local ecology.

(Photographs - Fire Island Lighthouse, swans in Great South Bay, drift wood wrapped in garbage bags and plastic ribbon, Dock destroyed by Hurricane Sandy and deer along boardwalk)

Protesting nuclear power in Washington Square Park, NYC, March 15, 2014.

Protesting nuclear power in Washington Square Park, NYC, March 15, 2014.

#SBMailPants in NYC.

#SBMailPants in NYC.

Robert Moses Beach at sunset.

Robert Moses Beach at sunset.

Thank you tumblr!  I have been posting pictures and the occasional comment about living on Long Island’s south shore and my local area for about 3 years.  I am very grateful for any notes that I get on my posts and appreciate my followers interest.  For me, any interest in the double digets is big, and I’m talking about 10.   To think a picture of mine would get 604 notes is huge!  This picture was taken at Gilgo Beach and has been one of my favorite spots to surf and run.  Thanks to my followers and rebloggers for my first post to be seen by so many.

Thank you tumblr! I have been posting pictures and the occasional comment about living on Long Island’s south shore and my local area for about 3 years. I am very grateful for any notes that I get on my posts and appreciate my followers interest. For me, any interest in the double digets is big, and I’m talking about 10. To think a picture of mine would get 604 notes is huge! This picture was taken at Gilgo Beach and has been one of my favorite spots to surf and run. Thanks to my followers and rebloggers for my first post to be seen by so many.