Monday, June 27, 2016

Long Island National Cemetery

I went to a funeral today, of someone I knew from work.  He was a partner of a colleague who is my friend.  The newspaper is on the other side of the highway from this cemetery and I always knew this cemetery as "Pinelawn Cemetery."  So I drove here for the graveside service, only to discover I was at the wrong cemetery!  This is the veteran's cemetery, known as "Long Island National Cemetery."  Duh!  So then I went to the correct place.  But after the service, I came back here, because I had seen scenes like this!  Long Island National Cemetery consists of 365 acres, and was established in 1936.  As of 2014 there were about 346,000 interments.  It is an astounding sight to see, with gravestones that go out of sight into the distance.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

More Tedious Than I Expected...

I decided it was time to paint the front porch ceiling.  It's been a while.  Apparently before I replaced the entire roof of the house, there must have been a few small leaks above this ceiling.  The water worked its way down and caused some of the paint to peel.  That's not what you are looking at here - this is a half day's tedious scraping of the old paint.  After scraping, I spray the ceiling with a mildew removal solution, then wash the whole ceiling with a garden hose.  After it dries, then it's ready for primer, and then a final coat.  Stay tuned...

Saturday, June 25, 2016

I Didn't Do This Well...

The village called a couple of months ago and said that the last thing they needed was a survey of the property with the new addition on it.  So I called a guy and he recommended a guy.  So these two men showed up this morning to do the work.  I was curious how it all worked, and they were really nice and took time to explain the computerized theodolite and how the process worked.  I asked if I could take their picture with their equipment.  Man, I did not do a good job of this.  I was rushing so they wouldn't think the photo was a big deal, and I forgot to do my thing to get people to smile.  I should have had the equipment closer to me and them further away, and the composition would have been more interesting.  I really was not paying attention!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Some Kind of Plant...

"Some kind of plant..."  This is sad, that after photographing gardens as part of my work, for more than fifteen years, that I have no idea at all of what these plants are!  I do love the lighting here, as well as the different textures of the three different kinds of plants.  Perhaps all that matters, is that I can take interesting photographs of plants, without knowing what they are.

Thursday, June 23, 2016


I have been trying to get this photo for weeks.  This is Grace, and she sits in windows all over the house, as she gazes outside.  I saw this photo several weeks ago, and went for my camera, and in an instant she was lying on the windowsill, and the photo was gone.  So I kept looking and kept my camera close at hand.  Today, she sat there for almost a minute, my camera was handy and I finally got my shot! I don't know why seeing her tail like this, hanging straight down, makes me laugh!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Jen Gets the Photo!

You will find this hard to imagine, but there is a "photo gene" in our family!  My mom and her sister had it, my sisters have it, and our daughters have it.  When we took our tour of Sea Cliff, I discovered that our niece Jenny has it!  She has such a good eye and an inquisitive nature, and she took some really interesting photographs.  Here she is crouching down, shooting one of the really long staircases the go down the cliff to the beach.  That's why they call it Sea Cliff!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My Sisters Come to Visit!

Today my sisters drove down from Connecticut for the day.  They haven't been here in years, and they wanted to see the new addition, and us, of course.  I drove them around Sea Cliff, because they had never seen the village before.  Kathy prepared a fancy meal for our lunch and we had a great day just hanging out and being family together.  The beautiful young woman in the photo is Joan's daughter Jenny.