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!
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.