Outdoors

Jon M. Diat
November 22, 2017 02:10 PM
Wicked winds meant little fishing activity as of late.
Larry Penny
November 22, 2017 02:05 PM
The foliage doesn’t seem as brilliant this year as last year, but it might be that I went out too early.
Larry Penny
November 16, 2017 12:15 PM
One of my long-term hobbies is counting the vehicles that pass east and west in front of my house two or three times a day, but almost always at noon and 6 in the evening. The latter count is now in the dark, but the noon count is fully lighted and I can separate the vehicles into various categories: sedans, S.U.V.s, pickups, buses, government...
Jon M. Diat
November 16, 2017 12:14 PM
I like cold weather. I always have. But the wicked change in temperatures this past weekend was truly jarring for me. Just a few days prior to the freezing conditions, which were enhanced by the bitter northwesterly wind, I was walking around in shorts and a light T-shirt. I was reluctant to say goodbye to our warm weather.
Larry Penny
November 9, 2017 12:48 PM
As Roseanne Roseannadanna used to tell us on “Saturday Night Live,” “It’s always something,” Things haven’t changed, or is that “the more things change, the more they stay the same”? We’re living in an up-and-down world, in a dynamic equilibrium. If it weren’t for the sunrises and sunsets, the phases of the moon and the clock-like rise and fall of...
Jon M. Diat
November 7, 2017 06:32 PM
The alarm was set to wake me up at 5 on Monday morning. But I was up well before dawn. In fact, I hardly slept at all that night. There was just too much anticipation running through my body to allow for a sound, deep sleep.
Jon M. Diat
November 2, 2017 12:39 PM
While I have always enjoyed fishing on my own boat, I truly appreciate joining some friends on a charter trip.
Larry Penny
November 2, 2017 11:34 AM
When J.P. Giraud, the American naturalist, published his book “The Birds of Long Island” in 1844, one would be hard pressed to find a single heath hen left on Long Island. Game birds such as the heath hen, Labrador duck, and passenger pigeon disappeared early, along with the wild turkey. The first three became extinct.
Jon M. Diat
October 26, 2017 07:59 AM
Culling through the pile was no easy chore. Many were well worn and encrusted with white, dried-out barnacles. But others were in good shape.
Larry Penny
October 26, 2017 07:58 AM
The ospreys flew south three weeks ago.
Jon M. Diat
October 20, 2017 04:43 PM
There were some decent reports of cod a week earlier, but the ever-present black sea bass could be a problem. While they are widely proclaimed to be one of the tastiest fish, sadly, we would not be able retain any, as the season for them in Rhode Island and federal waters (more than three miles offshore) remains closed until this coming Sunday.
Larry Penny
October 20, 2017 04:40 PM
This October a different cosmopolitan species, the brown booby, common in the Caribbean countries and throughout tropical seas of the world, showed up in Montauk and may have found a new home.
Christopher Walsh
October 19, 2017 03:47 PM
Residents who live along Gardiner’s Bay and members of the Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett are unhappy about a changing seascape, as 5 and 10-acre oyster farms have begun to appear offshore from Promised Land to Devon, extending to the Napeague Harbor Inlet.
Taylor K. Vecsey
October 12, 2017 03:43 PM
It has been a bad 10 days for dolphins on the South Fork. Two that washed ashore within two days on the ocean beaches in Napeague and Amagansett last week appear to have died after becoming entangled in fishing nets, according to officials.