Thursday, August 28, 2014


You're probably thinking: "Dude, who is the surfer guy?"  And where did he find those very rad sunglasses?  Well, this is Phillip, and he is a surfer, but he's really a brilliant photographer who did the show supported by Kickstarter, called "Horse By Sea."  He sees things in such an amazing way, that it feels to me as if he comes from a different universe.  I an in awe of his creativity, and it is so much fun to spend time talking when we visit the Montauk house.  He is one of the four people who have shares in it.  Oh, and the glasses?  He found them in a taxi in New York!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Contemplating the Infinite

So here's a cool thing.  Amy and her housemates decided to buy an old four-wheel drive beach car.  What's REALLY cool is where you can go in Montauk with a 4WD.  So they found some trails to beaches that can only be reached by driving on sand.  Amy loves driving the beach in their new truck.  So she took us out to an amazing beach where there was no one else for miles.  It was so beautiful, and so peaceful.  So here is Amy contemplating the infinite.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Wait! How Did He DO That?

We all went to Ditch Plains two days in a row, which is where the surfers hang out.  There were wall-to-wall surfboards and surfers in wet suits both days.  I put a long telephoto lens on my camera, and stood on the breakwater, looking for interesting photographs of the scene.  Well, this looks interesting!  How did this child end up appearing to float above the water?  Mysterious, huh?  The man closest to the camera is the child's father, and a moment before this photo was taken, the father was holding the boy by his feet, over his head, and then the dad pushed the boy forward and up in the air where you see him here.  It just happened that two surfers paddling out were passing by in the background.  An amazing coincidence!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Welcome to Montauk!

We are in Montauk visiting Amy and her friends Patty and Phillip.  When we drove into the driveway of the house they are in, known as "Captain Dusty's" this is the first thing that greets you.  It seems so Montauk to me - fishnets, and lobster buoys and then the flower garden.  It is late, and so no one knows what flowers these are, but I will find out in the morning and let you know.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I Didn't Know This

Every day when I ride my bike, I pedal up a mile-long hill and then stop to rest for a few minutes before heading back down the hill.  Today I happened to look down at the sidewalk and noticed a manhole cover, and I noticed that it had printing on it.  I remember seeing printing on manhole covers before but I don't remember paying attention to what it said.  So I was surprised to read this and see the words "Bell System."  Wow, what a surprise.  I thought it might say something about the Nassau County Department of Public Works or something.  I am now going to pay more attention to what's under my feet when I walk.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Rudbeckia hirta

OK, so I am being a smart aleck here.  I went to look on Wikipedia to see if black-eyed Susan was hyphenated, and that's where I saw the latin name for the flower.  I am always looking for blind headlines which means that you can't tell what the story is about by reading the headline.  I think.  Anyhow,  I have driven by these flowers and this fence  a number of times recently.  It is on the way to the recycling center.  Today I stopped to photograph the scene.  I think I want to add these to our small front garden.  They really are pretty, and they would brighten up the present garden.  I think it helps that the fence is ivory colored, and not bright white, which softens the contrast.

Friday, August 22, 2014


I was making dinner tonight - a grilled hamburger - and I boiled some carrots to go with it.  Then I thought I wanted some other vegetable to go with it.  So I sliced up half of of a fresh red pepper that I bought the other day.  End of story.  Except then I looked at the remaining half of the pepper and was taken by what I saw.  So I went and got a studio strobe, and bounced it off the ceiling, to get shadowless lighting, and this is the result.  It is commonplace - just the inside of a pepper, but it is so amazing how it is constructed.