Saturday in Central Park

Added on by Craig Low.

Bought a role of film and spent Saturday in Central Park.  Going back to the future with film was fun.  The process of knowing I only had 24 exposures slowed me down and not immediately looking at the camera's display instilled a sense of mystery as to whether I got the photo or not?    Leica M7, 50 mm Sumicron and Kodak Film.

Alice’s Garden, New York City

Added on by Craig Low.

Wedged between the Dyer Avenue underpass and a high rise on 34th Street is Alice’s Garden. This small alleyway was cleaned and tended to by a women named Alice that lived across the street for many years. After she died, a group of neighbors formed a community group to continue and maintain the garden. Neighborhood residences can pay $2 a year for a key to access the small garden and tend to their own plants and flowers. Members of the garden also volunteer time to have the garden open to the public and provide tours for local school children. In the expansive concrete and steel of the city, there is a small place that feels far away.

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wind+surf

Added on by Craig Low.

Heckscher State Park, New York.
 Windsurfers catching the preceding winds of a storm front moving across Long Island. The public sailing launch at Heckscher Park draws windsurfers from across the tri-state region. The Great South Bay provides excellent windsurfing with its warmer shallow waters, sandy beach and easy access.

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Robert Moses State Park Beach, NY.

Added on by Craig Low.

With the water temperatures dropping and entering the start of the Fall fishing season, the Saturday morning “Dawn Patrol” of surfers is being replaced with the surfcasters.

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Seeing a Village Through the Trees

Added on by Craig Low.

For me, one of the greatest rewards to living in a small village is the ability to get up in morning and head to my local bakery or deli for a fresh cup of coffee, pick up the paper and catch up with a neighbor or two. This morning, instead of driving my car the 3/4th mile, I rode my bike.

In slowing down to a morning cruise in the open air, instead of driving slightly faster than the posted 15 mph encased in my car, I saw hundreds of village residents that were each centenarians.

What struck me was how many of the village streets were lined with old trees creating a beautiful canopy of green. Yes, I knew there were tree lined streets. It wasn’t until I slowed down, got out of my car, that I could truly see how the trees and their growth gave character to my small community.

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Wildlife at Robert Moses State Park Beach

Added on by Craig Low.

Across two bridges, and between the Great South Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, is Fire Island. Although heavily traveled by beach-goers and summer vacationers, Robert Moses State Park and the adjoining Fire Island National Seashore offers a view of coastal wildlife. Sea birds are often and easily seen, as deer are, but the real excitement was spotting a pair of foxes playing and resting in the low coastal brush.

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The last place on LI.

Added on by Craig Low.

It’s a rare sight in the suburban landscape of Long Island, NY, to see wildlife being wild. Throughout the streets, cul de sacs and parkways, there is evidence of fauna as either the occasional road kill, or a fast fleeing sight of the occasional raccoon or feral cat. There is one place that perhaps could be considered the last remaining habitat for wildlife in its original natural surroundings. Within the Fire Island National Seashore and the complimentary Robert Moses State Park upon any given walk, a chance to see coastal fauna. The beach is far from untouched by the thousands of visitors each week, but at dusk when the day trippers pack their coolers up, the local deer, rabbits, foxes and selection of water birds come out.

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The last boardwalk.

Added on by Craig Low.

Hurricane Sandy washed away almost all boardwalks through the National Seashore. The section from the Field Five to the dirt road is all that’s left. It may be several years before the lost walkways are replaced.

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