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090918-0955_Rocks

Someone had occupied their time at the beach by lining up several rocks on a large weatherbeaten log on the shore.  Only one thing to do in a case like this – compose the shot and press the shutter!

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Put a boy, a beach, and a supply of flat rocks together, and it’s not long before he’ll be skipping stones on the water!  I’m glad it kept my husband occupied while I was taking photos.  Ron – I think you’ll like the shirt – it says “Old Guys Rule!”

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090918-0980_239_Power

The splash of the waves as they hit a partially submerged rocks makes a beautiful, glistening spray that sparkles in the sunlight, but don’t let it fool you – the power of the ocean can be deadly too.

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090918-0935_Foreground-Wave

The tidepools made a good foreground for this shot.  Using a compositional technique I’d read about recently, I got down low and included a prominant object in the close foreground  to create a more dramatic landscape.  I had to shoot several shots to catch this perfect curling wave but it was worth the effort.  I’ll be exploring this landscape technique a lot more – I like the results!

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This photo was taken just 10 minutes after yesterday’s post – a pretty quick change in the weather as these clouds moved in.  I’m sure you’ve heard the saying around your neck of the woods too – if you don’t like the weather, stick around a few minutes, it will change!

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The Montauk Point Lighthouse sits at the far eastern end of the south fork of Long Island.  It’s the fourth oldest active lighthouse in the United States.  It’s construction was authorized by the Second United States Congress under President George Washington in 1792 and construction began in 1796.

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After leaving Camp Hero we headed to the Montauk Point Lighthouse (photos of that to follow soon – be patient!) just down the road a short way.  My husband has found that the best way to deal with my photography passion is to just lay back and relax.  His job keeps him pretty busy these days too, so he will happily take advantage of any opportunity to grab a few minutes to snooze.  He called these rocks his natural granite lounge chair.

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090918-1032-187_Monotone

These gray cinderblocks were part of the bunker that held the hidden missle system (no longer there) that was at the ready to protect us.  I didn’t need to convert to black and white – it was already pretty monotone in it’s coloring.

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DO NOT ENTER BUILDING is stenciled on almost all the structures at Camp Hero State Park.  It’s a very strange place – dozens and dozens of picnic tables amidst abandoned and barren looking cinderblock buildings and missle bunkers.  It looks like a movie set where all civilization has perished – not exactly the place I’d pick to pull out the sandwiches and potato salad!  Environmentalists shut down plans to develop a golf course or turn the land over to developers.  Supposedly there are plans to build a museum and interpretive center focusing on WWII and the Cold War.  It’s going to take a lot of work to get the place in shape – I wonder if I’ll be alive to see it.

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090918-1027_181_Mechanisms

I looks like it’s just a grid of wire mesh, but somehow all the mechanisms that make up this piece of radar equipment worked together to scan for incoming enemy missles.

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090918-1018_60_Communicatio

This large structure is the only remaining example of an AN/FPS-35 radar, used in the early 1960’s to detect objects up to 200 miles away.  The massive antenna weighs 70 – 80 tons and is mounted on a concrete tower base 80 feet high.  About a dozen of these radars were made, but all have been dismantled except this one on the eastern tip of Long Island, NY.  It was saved from destruction by boaters who lobbied to have it saved – the massive radar antenna was easier to spot than the Montauk Point Lighthouse and they wanted to preserve their landmark!  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.

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I just had to post this cute little fella in honor of International Talk Like A Pirate Day!  How are you celebrating?

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Without this challenge I probably would have walked right past this, but knowing that I needed something for this theme, well, who could pass this shot up!  This section of pipe was hanging on an old missle bunker at Camp Hero State Park in Montauk.  I like the color contrast, the juxtaposition of the man-made concrete on the bottom and the natural growth on top, and the way the pipe transitions between the two on a slight angle with the added texture of the wires.  I’ll be sharing a few more pictures of Camp Hero over the next few days.

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090918-1021-126-Graffiti

It’s simple, but still Graffiti.  I guess it’s a warning too, of what will happen if you breach the fence.

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This is my favorite of the three grass shots – I like the way it’s controlled chaos atop the radiant burst of the blades of grass that grow from the stalk. (enlarge to see the detail!)

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The same grasses from yesterday’s post, but when you move in a little closer you see the blades fanning out from a central point.  It’s looks a lot less tangled than the previous point of view.

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I saw these large grassy plants at the farm stand recently.  I have no idea what they are but they caught my attention.  Over the next couple of days I’ll share a few more shots – they change quite a bit as you move in closer and closer.

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Something challenging and captivating about bees on flowers I guess, since many of us have tried to capture an elusive flying bug going about it’s nectar-gathering, pollen-spreading business.  I was pretty happy with the colors and lighting in this shot.

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090907-0786-W-Dessert

This might look a bit familiar if you’ve been following my blog, as I posted a bonus picture of this delicious dessert back in February.  We found ourselves back at that same restaurant recently so I just had to order the same treat.  They’ve changed the presentation a little but it was just as tasty.  And since Ron takes delight in taunting those of us in the northern hemisphere about our impending cold weather, I thought it was only fair to taunt back with a calorie-laden photo to tempt him.

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090907-0805-W-Harvest

The North Fork really comes alive in the Fall with the farm stands, wineries, corn mazes (and traffic!).  It’s well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

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