The Cool House: beach
Showing posts with label beach. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beach. Show all posts

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Diamond Eyes

Racing to get to the beach before the sunset last night I snapped the birds on the dock before I noticed the flash was on. What should have been a photo for the discard pile turned out to be a not only a good representation of the variety of gulls on Long Island Sound but an atmospheric, almost arsty shot of blinged-out beady-eyed birds in the dying light. Click to embiggen for the full effect.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Night at the Beach

Wednesday evening: race round the bay. From Lloyd Harbor

to the Long Island Sound

to Eaton's Neck

and back to Huntington harbor

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Tiana Beach, Hampton Bays, NY

Cupsogue Beach, Long Island, NY

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Tide's In

We were denied our morning beach walk twice this week for no reason other than poor planning on my part meant we arrived at high tide both days. But what a difference twenty four hours can make. Yesterday the wind was whipping up the waves and the gulls were buffeted up and down the water's edge.
Today it was so calm I could see two swans bobbing on the water as I approached the end of the road. Twenty gulls and terns of various species and sizes were perched along the shoreline and a couple of ducks waddled out for a dip; the dogs and I stood and watched as a grey heron flew over the sound from Lloyd's Harbor, circled and landed on a strip of sand amongst the other seabirds.
Of course today was also the day I forgot to take along my camera...

Monday, October 25, 2010

The perfect place for a rock garden...

would be here or here but

who would have the audacious landscape design chops to build it right at the bottom of the beach access steps?

It adds a sense of danger to our daily walks - especially in inclement weather. But the kicker? That would be

this. I have nothing further to add.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010


Sunshine and dark clouds. Sand and trees. Beach chalet and new construction. Huntington Bay 2010.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Will this table suit?

The big disadvantage of kitchen renovation is having to eat out all the time - unless you have this view and glorious mid-summer weather. The Wednesday sunset sailing race across the bay provides the perfect backdrop for strawberry, blue cheese and pecan spinach salad and a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Finding my happy place

When things get to much; when the last piece of the puzzle won't fit and you find out you have to demolish half the jigsaw - or your high cabinets - to make it fit; when your new carpenter says: you might want to leave for a while, it's good to have an escape, a hideaway on a desert isle to run to... or maybe just the nearest beach.

Friday, March 26, 2010

After Winter comes

...the clean up!

The March storms moved the beach 50' closer to our house

tearing up the grass verge

wrecking the railings

and undermining this view-blocking very important notice.

Yet signs that Spring has arrived are all around

The crocus I planted out last year survived both squirrels and winter frost

These snowdrops in a neighbor's yard steadfastly pop up every March

The birds are singing, blue skies are back and I saw a pair of ospreys fly over Willow Pond.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Mid-November 2009

Back yard at peak fall colour

Willow Pond

Bay Crest Beach Association

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Santa Monica Evening

The quintessential Santa Monica beach experience in four shots:

Santa Monica Pier

Filming an Italian movie on the beach - the girls in red swimsuits, the boys playing volleyball and all Frankie Avalon look-alikes - Baywatch with a touch of sixties teen Beach Movies

One of a whole salad of vegetable-mimicking seaweed

Dipping toes in the cold Pacific ocean
Have I mentioned how much I love the west coast?

Monday, November 02, 2009

Rothko Inspired Beachscape

Halloween was eerily warm and spookily windy; a strong breeze out of the south whipped the water and kept the clouds scurrying across the bay and the natural division of sand, water and sky reminded me of Rothko's Color Field paintings. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Last Night

A cocktail followed by:

the setting sun over the bay

an inside joke

sparklers after dark

music and dancing at a local bar - expanding the evening and the summer fun...

Monday, August 24, 2009

Shooting for the Moon

I missed the sunset tonight, but I'm considering myself compensated.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Lean On Me

Just a few terns and gulls snoozing on the jetty -a pretty good way to spend a Friday afternoon in summer

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Grooming Time

Cormorants, or shags as they are also called, and a random gull grooming themselves on the pontoon at the beach. The big brown seabird hogging the limelight front and centre is an immature shag.

In the middle of the day it's quiet down at the beach so the diving platform is where they like to hang and dry off their wings. It's hard to believe, looking at the number here, that DDT decimated the cormorant population in the 1960s. The recovery over the last thirty years has been so great that "management actions" (that's culling to the less euphemistically-inclined) have been championed. You can read more about that here. They are extremely poopy birds but they're graceful when skimming the water and fun to watch diving and catching fish in the Sound.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Crab Flip

Either you find beauty in the washed up remains of shellfish or you don't. I do, I love the carapaces of crustaceans - especially when they are intact, but if you found the Dead Man's Fingers gross I guess these won't find favor. But if you stay just a moment longer, maybe I can persuade you that the Horseshoe Crab is an extraordinary animal?

A living fossil, older than the dinosaurs, they shed their hard shells and can regenerate lost limbs; they have ten eyes and spawn at the new and full moon and they just might be reincarnated Samurai warriors. But perhaps you're a quibbler who needs to remind me that the Horseshoe crab isn't really a crab at all, it's an Arthropod - a relative of spiders, scorpions and ticks.

Maybe you'd feel more comfortable if we stuck to true crabs, the ones we like to eat as soft shell crabs after they molt and leave behind the empty exoskeleton? Like the Lady Crab or

the Blue Crab or

perhaps the aggressive invader - the Japanese Shore Crab?

Just a few of the species on the Long Island shore providing dinner for the gulls.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Beach Letters: S is for...

SEAGULLS swooping low at sunset

SAND marked by the ebbing tide

SEAWEED - red, green and brown

SHELLS and smooth, shiny STONES on the Long Island Sound.

Monday, August 03, 2009


Seaweed. Much maligned, especially at low tide when it can stink and attract hordes of beach flies, but lovely and lively when shot as the tide recedes. Here are just a few examples of red, brown and green algae I spotted today with a very amateur attempt at identification...

There are thousands and thousands of red algae. Could this be Porphyra ? Behind in the surf is a green algae, Monostroma.

More of the Porphyra with another red algae, the dark purple Chondrus crispus or Irish moss

Norwegian kelp also known as egg wrack (Ascophyllum nodosum), a relative of the ubiquitous bladderwrack I used to love to pop as a child, and a type of brown algae. The knotty Norwegian kelp is lying poetically on a bed of Mermaid's Hair

The all-too realistic Dead Man's Fingers (Codium fragile)and more Monostroma.

Six distinct types of seaweed found in 15 minutes on a 10' stretch of Long Island Sound on a warm and sunny summer day = perfect beach life.