Sep 212017
 

Walk into the sunrise_o
Walk Into the Sunrise

Photos from an August getaway to Fire Island, New York, and various points along the Fire Island National Seashore. This trip is an annual event going back a good 15 years (although the early trips were not all memorialized with photos). As always, there is a healthy representation of sunset photos from the Bayside and sunrise shots from the ocean side of this narrow, barrier island. Oh, and the daily gin and tonic on the dock at sunset ritual is well documented in what has become a motif.

No Lifeguard on Duty_final
No Lifeguard On Duty


Perfect Mason (gin and tonic on the dock at sunset motif)

dawn dog walk on the golden beach
dawn dog walk on the golden beach

the sun just cleared the horizon
the sun just cleared the horizon

The sun is eclipsed by the lifeguard station_final
the sun is eclipsed by the lifeguard station

Sun taunted by swirling clouds the day before the eclipse_finalSail boats on the Bay in the morning sun_finalGin and tonic sunset motif #2_finalFair Harbor dock sunset

Red Flags Out
red flags out
almost nobody up before sunrise except the shore birds
almost nobody up before sunrise except the shore birds

full set may be seen here, on Flickr.

 

Aug 312016
 

Fire Island Light (illuminated by the late afternoon sun)
Fire Island Light illuminated by the late afternoon sun

A few photos from a week on Fire Island, New York, and various points along the Fire Island National Seashore.  This trip is an annual event going back a dozen years (although not all trips were memorialized with photos). As with most years, these shots document a trip to Fire Island Light, the iconic lighthouse on the Island’s western end, sunrise photos (on the ocean side), sunset photos (on the bay side), beach photos, and some shots with a trusty 7.5mm fisheye lens for my Olympus m4/3. Oh, and the daily ritual of gin and tonics on the Fair Harbor Dock or Bay walk is well documented.

sunrise with seagull
sunrise with seagull

setting sun illuminating the beach grass like fireflies
setting sun illuminating the beach grass like fireflies

the moon hanging on (on the other side of the sunrise)
moon hanging on (on the other side of the sunrise)

leap
leap

In past August visits to Fire Island, at least one day–if not two or three–have been rainy wash outs. But other than some overnight rain and stormy skies the next morning (see fisheye shot below, with bike), the weather was particularly lovely this year. The first few nights, however, it was quite cloudy in the evening, with rain and lightning visible in the distance over Long Island. We were spared the storms but had the benefit of spectacular, cloud-filled sunsets (see the two sunset Bay shots, below, with large dark clouds and boats).

Fire Island sunset number 2
big dark clouds at the blue hour (with boats)

stormy skies (with bike and spoon)_
stormy morning skies (with bike and spoon)

Fire Island Sunset number 1
Fair Harbor Sunset

And a few more shots:

Fire Island Sunset number 5 (on the dock with bike)_finalOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERApink bike _croppedRust Never SleepsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAgin and tonic and sunset

walk the dog (in the hazy sunshine)
walk the dog (in the hazy sunshine)

The sun just rose over Fire Island
the sun just rose over Fire Island

Full set may be seen here, on Flickr.

Aug 302015
 

fair harbor fisheye view (late afternoon, ocean side)
fair harbor fisheye view (late afternoon, ocean side)

Annual trip to Fair Harbor, Fire Island, New York, and various points along the Fire Island National Seashore. This time, I brought my trusty Samyang 7.5mm m4/3 manual fisheye (big bang for the buck, and a whole lot of fun).

the clouds with that Fair Harbor sunsetclouding up in the late afternoon

And here’s a smattering of typical Fire Island wildlife photos featuring deer and shore birds, even though I did not have a proper wildlife lens, only a slow, f/4-5.6, m4/3 60-150mm (oh, btw, this is what you get with a proper, 300mm wildlife lens). But this time the set includes a praying mantis which made a surprise appearance on the kitchen window screen before lunch (likely awaiting lunch his/herself as it perched above a window flower box, waiting for hapless insects to come within reach).

diggin' Sandpiperawaiting lunch (praying mantis on the window screen)

And here are a few more photos, including a surprise appearance by Dr. Seuss and your typical array of sunset shots because of course. Also including an homage to the evening ritual of heading down to the Bay, gin and tonic (with lime, of course) in hand just before and after sunset (photo composition and title (Fair Harbor Properly Approached at Sunset) credit: David Aimen ;)).

Full set can be seen here, on Flickr.

Sep 022014
 

Ocean Beach Golden Sunset
Golden sunset in Ocean Beach, Fire Island

Annual trip to Fair Harbor, Fire Island, New York, and various points along the Fire Island National Seashore. Note: the Ocean Beach golden sunset shot is an iPhone photo.  Here’s a selection of shots. The full set is available at Flickr.


A here’s a shot of dunes and coastal wetland scrub brush with a dramatic cloud background shot near the Fire Island Lighthouse:

dune and dramatic sky

. . . and then, a rainbow magically appeared over the ocean:

Fire Island Rainbow
Fire Island Rainbow (iPhone shot)

Aug 312013
 

August Sunrise

August Sunrise, Fair Harbor, Fire Island

Revisiting some photos from the usually annual (but not this year) trip to Fair Harbor, Fire Island in late August. I posted photos from last year’s trip on this blog, here, but the August 2011 trip yielded many better photos, including those in this post. The entire set can be seen here on Flickr.

Jupiter rising. oh wait, that's the sun!

Jupiter rising. oh wait, that’s the sun!

no lifeguard on dutyNo Lifeguard On Duty (dual lightning shots captured in one long exposure)

Fire Island Light
Fire Island Light

Two shots from the top of Fire Island Light on Fire Island. The first Looking out over Robert Moses State Park, the Robert Moses Causeway, and the western end of Fire Island. The Second looking out over the Lighthouse grounds, the Coast Guard Station, and wilderness area, with Kismet, Saltaire, Fair Harbor, Dunewood, Lonelyville, and Ocean Beach in the far background.

looking out over Robert Moses State ParkOver Fire Island

Sep 092012
 

Magenta Sunset. Fair Harbor, Fire Island

A few photos from a week in late August on Fire Island, a trip which is an annual event. As always, there are a few sunset photos. Along with beach time and bike riding, two of the Fire Island August rituals are 1) gin and tonics (with lime, of course) while grilling just before sunset, and 2) shooting the sunset from the Bay side of Fair Harbor, on the Bay Walk. Sometimes my gin and tonic making duties conflict temporarily with my sunset photo taking duties, but any grumbling tapers off once we’ve all had a round (or two) of G&Ts. All of us rarely, if ever, drink gin and tonics any time other than August, but nothing tastes better at sunset in Fire Island.

There are also a couple shots of Fire Island Light, but none as good as this one from last year.