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Happy Halloween!!!

 

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A Fall Festival in October wouldn’t be complete without a pumpkin carving competition!  I thought this entry was particularly creative in it’s approach with it’s silver paint and metallic glitter.

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OK – it’s a bit of a stretch for the theme in that it’s not really for cutting or use at the standard table, but if you’re eating family style in a big group that long reaching fork and long handled spatula might just come in handing for snagging yourself a choice bit of food before it’s all gone.

 

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Many of the competitors were proudly showing off their awards from past competitions.  A closer look showed a bit of humor – pigs, cows and grills graced the top of some of the trophies.

 

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The annual BBQ competition was held at the park in town this past weekend, drawing competitors from near and far.  They set up their tents, outdoor kitchen, and BBQ smokers of every description.  Charcoal was an essential ingredient for this favorite form of outdoor cooking.

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I know that Ron has been curious and fearful of the WoW Systers and their power.  So just for you Ron, here’s a little glimpse into the recent convention.  Of course there are no pictures of any of your friends here – wouldn’t want any incriminating evidence in print!

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This Bumblebee was hard at work doing his daily chores – pollinating the flowers so we can enjoy these beautiful flowers every year.

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The Dahlia Garden was in full bloom when we visted the arboretum recently.  DH wandered into one building while I was taking pictures and he was invited to join the Day Lily Club.   Little did he know, growing flowers is a passionate hobby with many people.

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This HUGE tree was larger than life.  The small sign you see in front was about 4 feet high.  You could walk between the branches sweeping the ground to stand beneath it.  It’s definately been growing here for more than a few years.

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I love the ornate carvings that graced older architecture.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to come home and be greeted by this sweet bunny rabbit at your door?

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Another shot of the white crosses – two of about twenty in rows near the front of the cemetery.

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Youngs Memorial Cemetery dates back to the mid 1600’s.  Although slavery is generally associated with the Southern states as part of the early history of the United States it was also part of the culture of the northern states into the 1700’s.  The plaque refers to the “faithful” slaves of the Youngs family, but you have to wonder how much of that faithfulness was due to circumstance and fear.  I suppose the fact that they were buried in the family burying ground, and that the graves were marked, however simply, shows that there was perhaps some genuine care and affection in the relationship between the Youngs family and their faithful slaves.

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Theodore Roosevelt’s gravesite is located on the north shore of Long Island in Youngs Memorial Cemetery, not far from Sagamore Hill, his home near Oyster Bay.  The simple unassuming graveyard and the beautiful home nearby take you back to times gone by.

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Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?  I wish I had a large estate (complete with requisite gardeners) to give me a lovely pastoral garden with manicured pathways to stroll along on a warm summer evening.

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The entrance to this small building at the Planting Fields Arboretum was very enticing.  The turquoise on the inside of the windows adds a touch of whimsy to the charming curve of the roofline.  Planting Fields is now a state park, but it originated as a private 353 acre country retreat in the early 1900’s, located along what is knows as the Gold Coast of Long Island.

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Out along the docks by the charter fishing boats in Montauk – these fish are stuck – not going anywhere anytime soon…

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A simple unassuming steeple on a building out east.  I chose to shoot it through the tree branches to frame the focal point.

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Of course it wouldn’t be October on the North Fork without Pumpkins.  You’ll see them everywhere!

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All over the North Fork you’ll find a plethora of farmstands hawking their produce to the “Mum Hunters” and “Pumpkin People” that descend upon the area once the beaches close.  When we moved to Long Island in 2002 the North Fork had some tourism but it was never over-crowded.  The wineries worked hard to bring in visitors and it’s just exploded in the past few years.  In late September and October you’d better head out early to the pick-your-own pumpkin farms and corn mazes if you want to avoid the long lines and traffic.

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A weathered old wooden box at a farmstand on the North Fork of Long Island makes a charming container to display the fresh squash for sale.  So much more appealing than the florescent lighting of the supermarket.  Makes you want to take some squash home for dinner – even if you have no clue how to cook it!

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