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.

Sunken Forest National Park, Fire Island National Seashore, NY.

A short slide show from over the weekend when I took the boat across the bay to the Sunken Forest National Park. This part of the barrier Island is only accessible by ferry or personal boat and is usually sparsely visited. From the National Park’s website: “…Fire Island’s Sunken Forest is a rare ecological community. The Maritime Holly Forest is only found behind well-established sand dunes along the Atlantic coast from New Jersey to Massachusetts. It is one of six forest types recognized in the National Vegetation Classification System. According to the New York Natural Heritage Program, this state’s maritime holly forest was ranked as “globally rare,” meaning there are few remaining occurrences of this assemblage of plants throughout the world…”
Fire Island is along one of the greatest migration routes in world. Being along the Easter Flyway, Fire Island and Long Island provide a resting stop for the Monarch Butterfly. The Monarch winters in the mountains of Central Mexico and will make the 2,500 journey twice a year. I spotted this butterfly in the Field 2 parking lot at Robert Moses. It’s remarkable that this guy will fly all the way to old Mexico! Hey, tienen un trago de tequila para mí!

Fire Island is along one of the greatest migration routes in world. Being along the Easter Flyway, Fire Island and Long Island provide a resting stop for the Monarch Butterfly. The Monarch winters in the mountains of Central Mexico and will make the 2,500 journey twice a year. I spotted this butterfly in the Field 2 parking lot at Robert Moses. It’s remarkable that this guy will fly all the way to old Mexico! Hey, tienen un trago de tequila para mí!

Right spot, right time.  As I was walking down the boardwalk the sun was at the perfect angle to the lens to create the star-burst of sunlight against lens.  I walk 20 feet closer and moved out of the perfect line of light and lost the star-burst, and when I moved back 20 feet, there too it was lost.  For 3 minutes, at that exact spot was the perfect line of sight between the sun, the lens and myself.  I have made this walk hundreds of times, at all times of day, and have never been in right spot at the right moment in time.  

Right spot, right time.  As I was walking down the boardwalk the sun was at the perfect angle to the lens to create the star-burst of sunlight against lens.  I walk 20 feet closer and moved out of the perfect line of light and lost the star-burst, and when I moved back 20 feet, there too it was lost.  For 3 minutes, at that exact spot was the perfect line of sight between the sun, the lens and myself.  I have made this walk hundreds of times, at all times of day, and have never been in right spot at the right moment in time.  

Striped bass fishing has begun along the beaches along Long Island, NY.

Striped bass fishing has begun along the beaches along Long Island, NY.

Dark water and calm days, Fire Island National Seashore, NY.

Dredging barge off Bay Shore Marina, NY.

Dredging barge off Bay Shore Marina, NY.

Doe and fawn on Robert Moses State Park Beach, Fire Island, NY.

Doe and fawn on Robert Moses State Park Beach, Fire Island, NY.

Of the deer, rabbit and fox, the fox is least likely to be spotted on Fire Island. They usually stay away from the boardwalks through the dunes, but I have noticed over the last several years that this particular area is popular with the animal.  I suspect that there is a den nearby. The National Seashore is an island, and with no predators, the fox population maybe bigger than we see.   

Clouds rolling over Robert Moses State Park, Long Island, NY.

Clouds rolling over Robert Moses State Park, Long Island, NY.

Fire Island, NY.  An offshore storm push a swell onto the barrier island beach at Dunewood.  The mid-afternoon high tide created a strong beach break that brought out a few of the local boogie boarders and surfers. Although the waves are head high — these guys are in only  two to three feet of water.  It was the “Pipeline” of the south shore!

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.