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.

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)

Ready to climb? On belay. Climbing. Climb. First time back to the Gunks in 19 years. The parking has changed, but the rocks are the same…

Broken wooden jetty, Great South Bay, Long Island, NY.

Broken wooden jetty, Great South Bay, Long Island, NY.

Walker Beach, Brightwaters, NY.

Walker Beach, Brightwaters, NY.

Anchored inside of Fire Island Inlet.  On the bay side of Robert Moses State Park is nearly a three mile stretch of beach with small coves and shallow approaches.  Although the areas waters look placid, the tidal current is very strong in this section of the Great South Bay.

Anchored inside of Fire Island Inlet. On the bay side of Robert Moses State Park is nearly a three mile stretch of beach with small coves and shallow approaches. Although the areas waters look placid, the tidal current is very strong in this section of the Great South Bay.

Democrat Point on July 16th, Fire Island, New York.  Although it’s mid-summer, water temperature is still in the 60’s and surfers are wearing full wetsuits.  It is suspected that the winds from Hurricane Arthur blew the warmer surface water out to sea and lowered the near coastal water temperatures.

Democrat Point on July 16th, Fire Island, New York. Although it’s mid-summer, water temperature is still in the 60’s and surfers are wearing full wetsuits. It is suspected that the winds from Hurricane Arthur blew the warmer surface water out to sea and lowered the near coastal water temperatures.

Ships crossing in the night…  Fire Island Ferries crossing Great South Bay, NY.

Ships crossing in the night… Fire Island Ferries crossing Great South Bay, NY.

Summer evening at Fire Island National Seashore, New York, July 10, 2014. As the day ends with beach goer’s leaving the beaches and heading down the boardwalks to the parking lot, the local fauna awakens for the evening.  

A private beach view at Democrat Point, Robert Moses State Park Beach. Long Island, NY.

All dogs into the water.  Dunewood, Fire Island, NY.

All dogs into the water. Dunewood, Fire Island, NY.

Signs of Lonelyville. Fire Island, NY.

Dunewood Yacht Club annual Sunfish Regatta, Fire Island, NY.

Dunewood Yacht Club annual Sunfish Regatta, Fire Island, NY.