Craig Peter Low

 

Trying to unplug as often as I can from a wired world. Photos are taken by me, unless noted. "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.
Fire Island Lighthouse

Fire Island Lighthouse

Mid day wildlife at Fire Island National Seashore near the Lighthouse boardwalk. A little early for the deer and foxes, but a group of birds balanced on tufts of beach grass to eat the dried seeds, while others pecked away in the sand. The rabbits are a usual sight, but usually in the early evening, not mid day.

Village Bench, Brightwaters, NY.

Village Bench, Brightwaters, NY.

Classic Stingray, Bay Shore, NY.

Classic Stingray, Bay Shore, NY.

Gilgo Beach, Long Island, NY.

Gilgo Beach, Long Island, NY.

Friday morning at Gilgo Beach, Long Island, NY.

Friday, 6:20 am, at Fire Island National Seashore.

Friday, 6:20 am, at Fire Island National Seashore.

Naples, NY.

Naples, NY.

Sunrise over the Finger Lakes.  Canandaigua Lake is under the early morning cloud cover.

Sunrise over the Finger Lakes. Canandaigua Lake is under the early morning cloud cover.

Driving rain coming.  Southern Tier of New York.

Driving rain coming. Southern Tier of New York.

Flying with History

Historic airplanes from across the region flew into the Bayport Aerodrome for the Antique Airplane Club of Greater New York 51st Annual Fly In. The Bayport Aerodrome (formerly known as Davis Field) is a historic rural airport one mile northwest of Bayport, New York. The airport has a grass runway and is owned and operated by the Town of Islip. It is home to a non-profit organization that specializes in antique airplanes, known as the Bayport Aerodrome Society, which was established in 1972.

The facility is open to the public and hangers serve as displays of the history of aviation with working aircraft, many of which are over 60 years old and served pre-WWII. Aircraft owners are eager to share the story of their airplane with a rare and special close-up view.

In our over sanitized digital world, it’s a great relief to see technology that was state of the art nearly 70 years ago still roar to life and take off, just as it did many years ago.

I saw the NYC CBS-2 Satellite truck and news crew this morning after the flood in Brightwaters and offered one of my photos. They used it in the news clip.

Fire Island National Seashore

Walk past the concessions stand, through the parking lot, keep going down the beach, then you will find nature.

On the western edge of Fire Island, within the Robert Moses State Park, where the waves, tides and winds have continued the migration of sands adding length to Fire Island, is where one can escape to the tranquility of coastal nature.

Many beach-goers that park at the Field 2 beach access will walk west on the beach towards the open beaches and dunes. Most stop short of the rock jetty of Democrat Point one mile from Field 2, but it’s here that starts getting way from it all.

Democrat Point is well known by local surfers, surfcasters and many 4x4 beach access drivers. Beyond Democrat Point and west onto the open sand beaches has no 4x4 access and the dunes are roped off and restricted due to a habitat sanctuary for coastal birds.

Although there are deterrents from exploring the dunes, by hiking along the 4x4 access road can bring one into a place that is nearly isolated from suburban Long Island with salt pond, dunes and bayside beaches.

Wildlife of seabirds, deer, rabbits and foxes abound in the dunes and coastal shrubs. During the day these local animals go unseen with tracks up and over the dunes as proof that this is their habitat. The salt pond at low tide offers sights of crabs, small minnows and bait fish. As the tide comes in and out, it erodes the dunes uncovering what sand and storms have buried over time.

(Photos: Democrat Point, restricted access, dunes and seagrass, salt pond at low tide, buried deck chair)