#tbt to this amazing painting from 1847, entitled "Fishing Party On Long Island Sound Off New Rochelle". This oil on canvas piece was created by James Goodwyn Clonney and hangs in the Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza in Spain. The painting depicts a fishing party on Long Island Sound. Three fishermen in a small boat in the center of the composition are subjected to three opposite lines of force: the rod that protrudes from the boat on the left side; the anchor rope on the right; and the line clutched by the boy in the centre, the tautness of which indicates that a fish has just taken the bait. Long Island Sound 1847 Painting by James Goodwyn Clonney
#WildlifeWednesday - Strictly coastal in most areas of North America, Black Skimmers (Rynchops niger) are often seen resting on sandbars and beaches. Unlike most birds, their eyes have vertical pupils, narrowed to slits to cut the glare of water and white sand. Flocks in flight may turn in unison, with synchronized beats of their long wings. The world's three species of skimmers are sometimes placed in their own separate family, although they are clearly related to the terns. Napatree Point Conservation Area, Watch Hill, Rhode Island. September 2017. Photo by @heynardo
While the faded tones and fog set the perfect backdrop for a ghost story, there is a reason this cormorant is posing like an avian gargoyle - to dry off in the sun. A cormorant's wings have less preen oil than a duck's and, as a result, their feathers are prone to being soaked rather than shedding the water the way waterfowl's plumage usually does. Stonington Harbor Light, Stonington, Connecticut September 2017. Photo by @thenicebrice
While one of the most beautiful scenes you can ever find yourself in is a field of green overlooking the ocean, these are often tough places to grow as a plant or flower. Salt air, salt water and the tides all make it tough for flora to flourish in coastal regions. Particularly in the tidal marshes that are so abundant along Long Island Sound. Moral of the story is to cherish these places when you come across them! Old Field LightHouse Park, Old Field, Long Island. May 2017. Photo by @sidliciousicious
The sun's rising on another weekend! Not a lot of them left this summer so go enjoy it! As always, tag us in your adventures! Orchard Beach, Bronx, New York March 2017 Photo by @heynardo
We are standing on Crab Meadow Beach in Fort Salonga. To the west we see the Northport Power Plant in the background. Crab Meadow Beach was originally sold by the Matinecok as part of "The Eastern Purchase" that took place in July of 1656. In 1917, Crab Meadow Beach was vested to the Board of Trustees of the Town of Huntington by Colonial Grants of Nicoll, Dongan and Fletcher. The title to these properties was transferred to the Town as a result of condemnation proceedings in 1959. Crab Meadow is the most popular Town of Huntington swimming beach and on a clear day you can see Norwalk and Fairfield Connecticut across the Long Island Sound. Crab Meadow Beach, Long Island April 2017. Photo by @thenicebrice
#WildlifeWednesday - This Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly is attempting to dry it's wings on the shore of Wildwood State Park. Papilio Glaucus are one of the most common butterflies in the northeastern United States and are easily attractable to gardens. Males of these species participate in a process called puddling where they congregate on mud, damp gravel or puddles from which they extract sodium ions and amino acids that aid in reproduction. If you want to attract Eastern Tiger Swallowtails to your garden, here's a hint..they're attracted to red and pink flowers. Wildwood State Park, Wading River, Long Island. May 2017. Photo by @HeyNardo
Wildwood State Park exhibits the entire history of the Wisconsinan glaciation period within a couple hours of exploring and hiking. Wildwood is situated along the Harbor Hill Morraine system which runs the entire length along the north shore of Long Island. The main area of the park rests on average 60 feet above the Long Island Sound and along the shoreline you can observe granitic and granitic gneiss boulders that originate from southeastern Connecticut known as the Avalonian Terrane. In this picture you can notice where there is no vegetation the bluffs are more prone to erosion because the canopy and root systems help to maintain the steep grade of the bluffs. Hence why all along the shoreline the state has signs that state “Keep of the Bluffs”. Wildwood State Park, Wading River, Long Island. May 2017. Photo by @thenicebrice
In 1914, sixty-five-year-old Theodore Judson had been the Lighthouse Keeper at Stratford Point for 34 years. Upon hearing that Keeper Judson was to be transferred to another lighthouse off of Newport, Rhode Island, officials at a large numbers of the steamboat companies that trusted him to guide their ships into or out of the Sound signed a petition protesting the transfer. One captain captured the feeling of his peers perfectly when he stated he "always felt safe with Judson on the point as not once during his service had the light or fog signal failed". The protests worked and Judson was able to remain at his beloved Stratford Point until his retirement five years later in 1919. Stratford Point Lighthouse, Stratford, Connecticut. July 2017. Photo by @heynardo
The sun sets on another week. Have a great weekend and, as always, don't forget to tag us in your adventures! Sherwood Island State Park, Westport, CT July 2017 Photo by @sidliciousicious
The importance of bees, such as those we see here amongst the Eastern Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpura) in Sandy Point Bird Sanctuary, cannot be underestimated. Reports say as many as one in every three bites of food we eat is the result of pollinators like bees. Everything from fruits & veggies (i.e - squash, cucumber, tomato or eggplant) to nuts, seeds, fiber and hay require the pollination process that are at the core of a bee's life. Sandy Point Bird Sanctuary, West Haven, Connecticut. July 2017. Photo by @sidliciousicious
#WildlifeWednesday: Believe it or not, the pigment in Blue Jay feathers are actually brown, not blue. Scattering light in the structural parts of the feathers cause us to see the blue coloration. These microscopic structures in the feather act like prisms, and when light passes through a layer of dark melanin, certain wavelengths are filtered out leaving the feathers to appear blue. Bailey Arboretum, Locust Valley, Long Island June 2017. Photo by @heynardo

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