Governors Island

Governors IslandWe spent the day at Governors Island on Saturday October 14th attending an excellent Conservation Photography Workshop led by Esther Horvath and Camilla Cerea sponsored by NYC Audobon. The photographes were taken at the beginning and end of the day by Marc and I.

Battery Park 10/14/2017
Morning mist at Battery Park

The following 5 are by Marc:

Governors Island 10/14/2017
Huge Carnival cruise ship and beach at GI at low tide
Governors Island 10/14/2017
Governors Island
Governors Island 10/14/2017
View north to Manhattan
Governors Island 10/14/2017
View looking North to Manhattan
Governors Island 10/14/2017
The Hills at Governors Isaand
Governors Island 10/14/2017
East side GI looking NE towards the East River.

At the end of the day shooting into the sun gave a lovely glow to the images.

Governors Island 10/14/2017
Looking SW on governors Island late afternoon
Governors Island 10/14/2017
The Hills, late afternoon
New York Harbor 10/14/2017
NY harbor late afternoon 10/14/2017
New York Harbor 10/14/2017
New Jersey, Hudson River, Manhattan, and Castle Williams on the right

Gov Island map 2017

Anemones on Governors Island

The new Hills on Governors Island are nice and green now and there are wildflower beds here and there. It is so quiet peacful on a weekdays and feels far from the city. We rented a surrey to peddal around the 172-acre island.

Today I had fun working on the flowers I photographed there in Corel Painter 2018.

Reddish Anemone, Governors Island 6/28/2017
Reddish Anemone, Governors Island 6/28/2017
Pink Anemone, Governors Island 6/28/2017
Pink Anemone, Governors Island 6/28/2017
Red Anemone, Governors Island 6/28/2017
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Bee and California Poppy, Governors Island 6/28/2017
Red Anemone, Governors Island 6/28/2017
Governors Island hills 6/28/2017
Governors Island hills 6/28/2017
Map of Governors Island
Map of Governors Island

Governors Island

I haven’t been yet this year—I’ll go soon. I don’t want to miss the City of Water Day.

Governors Island is a 172-acre island south of the Battery in New York Harbor. It is accessible by ferry and open to the public during the summer. In the near future there will be more parkland on the island called The Hills https://govisland.com/hills. (see timeline).  For a PDF map: GI_visitor_map_download. And for more history see  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Governors_Island.


The Ferry to Governors Island departs from the Battery Maritime Building, a 140,000 sq. ft. Beaux-Arts landmark building, completed in 1909 when ferries were still a vital means of transportation in New York City. It has nearly 8,800 elements of cast iron, riveted rolled steel plates and angles, sheet copper ornamentations, ceramic tile and stucco paneled walls, and a copper panel mansard roof system.


Common terns have recently colonized several decommissioned piers on the Governors Island waterfront; in 2013, researchers from NYC Audubon and Cornell University counted 181 nests and banded 100 chicks. The Tern Festival will take place from 10 am until 4 pm as part of Waterfront Alliance’s City of Water Day On July 16, 2016 and will feature speakers, a bird tour of Governors Island, a botany and natural history tour, family activities, and a common tern viewing station on Yankee pier. The Tern chick in the picture is taking shelter from the sun in an old phone booth.