Larry Penny
February 8, 2012 10:55 AM
   An authority on rope suggested to me that vines that climb up trees go up clockwise just as the first course of rope is laid in its manufacture. Do all vines go “right-handed,” like rope? Of course, a right-handed vine is...
February 1, 2012 10:41 AM
   It’s the middle of winter. Except for the greens of the conifers and some evergreen hardwoods, the trees are bare and the leaves that still cling to the lower branches are a drab brown.     The lawns, whether...
January 25, 2012 10:22 AM
   The South Fork of Long Island and, in particular, East Hampton Town have a quasi-natural feature that few other areas in the United States can claim, the “lop tree.” Lop trees, or boundary marker trees, are scarce in...
January 18, 2012 11:56 AM
   In October, while Three Mile Harbor was being dredged by a Suffolk County contractor, Steve Brennan and Chris Martin were using side-scanning radar to follow the course of the dredging work. Side-scanning radar allows one to look...
January 11, 2012 10:09 AM
   Saturday set a record for warmth in January. Sunday was a little colder but well above freezing. My wife, Julie, and I decided to drive down Noyac Road a mile and visit the most popular United States Fish and Wildlife Refuge on Long...
Larry Penny
January 3, 2012 03:26 PM
   Another year has passed. The Christmas bird counts are in the bag. It’s time to sit back and enjoy the cold weather.
Russell Drumm
December 28, 2011 08:35 PM
If the crew aboard the Viking Star on Tuesday has anything to say about it — and you can bet they will — the day they were attacked by an army of black sea bass will not be forgotten.
Larry Penny
December 28, 2011 04:43 PM
­    As the Northern Hemisphere continues to warm up, natural selection will reverse a long-term trend in warm-blooded animal evolution known as Allen’s Rule. Mammals that stay active in the winter tend to have thicker fur...
Larry Penny
December 22, 2011 12:56 PM
    An extraordinary event took place on Saturday — the annual Montauk Christmas bird count, now more than 100 years old and among the very oldest in the country.
Larry Penny
December 15, 2011 11:29 AM
    It is impossible interpreting the present, but you can come close interpreting history. In my mind the history of East Hampton, and for that matter all of Long Island, is much more interesting than what is happening now. We...
Larry Penny
December 8, 2011 01:17 PM
Local discoveries and rediscoveries are still to be made.
Russell Drumm
December 1, 2011 11:48 AM
At 10 this morning, the Montauk SurfMasters surfcasting tournament ended with a collective whimper.
Larry Penny
December 1, 2011 11:45 AM
    Sunday was a perfect day to take a walk in the woods. Adelaide de Menil and I went to the South Fork-Shelter Island Nature Conservancy’s Sagg Swamp Preserve. Adelaide had never been there, I had not been since 1995 when I...
Larry Penny
November 23, 2011 03:33 PM
We cannot sustain ourselves without oxygen, and we can’t exist without nitrogen either, but too much nitrogen, and the balance of nature is seriously out of whack: Think red tide, brown tide, and other algae blooms.