Bayard Cutting Arboretum

My husband, Marc, and I went to Bayard Cutting Arboretum on Long Island, with two friends yesterday. It was a glorious day for a leisurely stroll and the grounds look lovely at this time of year. In the early evening, we stopped for a fabulous meal at the Jolly Fisherman’s Restaurant in Roslyn on the way back to New York City. It was a lovely day all round, thanks to our friends.

Cherry, Bayard 4/16/2017
Cherry, Bayard 4/16/2017

If anyone knows the name of this wildflower (next 2 pictures b elow) please let me know. I tried to find it in my flower books.

White Fower, Bayard 4/16/2017
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White Fower, Bayard 4/16/2017
White Fower, Bayard 4/16/2017
Star Magnolioa, Bayard 4/17/2017
Star Magnolioa, Bayard 4/17/2017
Jolly Fisherman, Roslyn NY 4/16/2017
View out the window at Jolly Fisherman, Roslyn NY 4/16/2017

Green-winged Teal

A Green-winged Teal is the last bird I saw in 2016 at the Pond at Central Park. Best wishes for a happy and productive year.

 

Birds in Autumn

I photographed these in my favorite place, Central Park, this September and October, 2015. I have been trying out the new Sigma 150-600 mm lens on my Nikon D750 — not bad at all. Then I processed them in Lightroom, Photoshop. And in some, using onOne, I added textures, shading and other tricks to create the mood I wanted. This is my creative outlet.

Doing these things to my photos means I will never be able to sell them as stock images. I hope someone will like one of my photographs well enough to want to buy one or two.

Staten Island Botanical Garden

Took the Ferry from Manhattan to see the Botanical Gardens in Snug Harbor, Staten Island with a Friend and made these photographs of a few of the flowers. Summer heat slows me down a bit plus I had a lot of work to do for the Linnaean Society of New York, making the program and site with the 2015-2016 Schedule. If you live in NYC you might like to check it out at linnaeannewyork.org

Seabirds at Nickerson

I spent a beautiful day at Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York on June 17th 2015 with friends to look at seabirds. I took these with my 24-85 mm lens because my Nikon 80-400 mm is still being repaired.

Common Tern, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015
Common Tern, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015
Common Tern, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015
Common Tern, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015
Black Skimmers, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015
Black Skimmers, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015
Black Skimmers, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015
Black Skimmers, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015
North American Oystercatchers, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015
North American Oystercatchers, Nickerson Beach 6/17/2015

Bashakill WMA by the Shawngunk Mountains

I went for a trip with 3 of my birding friends to Bashakill Wildlife Management Area, Sullivan County, New York on the weekend of June 6th. The first day we spent by the lake. The following morning I took some lovely photographs of dawn at the lake. Later that morning we drove up Gumaer Road, alongside a stream of the same name; stopping here and there to listen, and occasionally spot, an Acadian Flycatcher, singing Dark-eyed Juncos, Veerys and a Wood Thrush. I didn’t have my Nikon 80-400 mm lens, which is being repaired, so I am sorry to say I couldn’t photograph two young ravens being fed some red meat. Lastly, we walked along the D&H Canal Linear Park. The area is lovely and bright green this time of year with many birds, turtles and other wildlife. I had a marvelous time. We saw 55 species of birds and other flora and fauna.

I experimented with black and white with added sepia tints. Each one required its own methods to get the best result in Lightroom’s “darkroom” for translating to B&W. I aimed to create a mood and accentuate certain details. Here are both color and black and white versions for comparison.

Landscapes:

Close-ups:

Central Park Birds late April

Migration has been slow to start and the birds are few. We had a few specials. The Mourning Warbler, White-throated Sparrows and Blue Jay are locals. One somewhat controversial one was a Prothontary Warbler which was released by released in Central Park April 27, 2015 around 3:45 pm by the great staff of the Wild Bird Fund, in the vicinity of Tanner Spring. Reported by David Speiser. The argument is can it be counted as a wild bird. I thing, yes, as long as it recovers, feeds and continues its migration. I looks like it is feeding alright.

New York Botanicals late April

Some of these are native and some are from the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. I had a spectacular day botanizing with a friend who likes to do the same thing. The weather was more than perfect. It took the rest of the day to id everything and get it into the information into metadata. Hope I managed to ID them correctly.

LandCow Head in a Box

There are some very large carved parts of old buildings housed in old wooden crates on the bank of the Hudson near 34th Street, Manhattan, NY. This is a 5 foot high head of a cow that is peering out of a broken crate. Reminds me of animal parts in a abattoir.

Cow Head, Hudson NYC April 13, 2015
Cow Head, Hudson NYC April 13, 2015