Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ragged horse chestnut

What is it with the horse chestnut trees? The leaves look all burned up and diseased at this time of the year. Is this natural? Or is this the result of the Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner (Cameraria ohridella)? I've noticed this phenomenon for years but the affected trees survive. Even if natural it is not a welcome sight.

While other trees are still green and hearty we are given a foretaste of fall from Æsculus hippocastanum.

I prefer to remember it flaunting the spring candelabra of blossoms.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

I'm tired of August

How fresh and tidy everything looked at the yacht club back on June 23rd!
(I should take the word "daily" out of the title of this blog. But maybe I'll be more assiduous come September.)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Setauket Harbor 8 pm tonight

Zooming in on a sunset after five straight days of H-H-H weather.

Fuzzy pictures. Turner made that OK, didn't he?

Friday, August 14, 2009

In August some seek shade

I suppose I'll have to get out of my chair in the shade

to take a picture of Pokeweed reaching for the sun.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Stony Brook gas station: Update

Work has finally resumed after the June 2nd emergency

The white plastic material must be the tanks they were trying to locate and remove.

Please don't take the cute little office!

Rubbish goes into the trailer

... is open?

Two powerful machines working at the same time

I wouldn't want his job, sitting up there in harm's way

Ha-ha, coming to get you!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Roses at the library

Lining the ramp at the Library are these small red roses that bloom all summer long. I'll have some in my garden some day. They're gorgeous.

Wish I knew their name

Monday, August 10, 2009

Bee balm

Red bee balm seen on our July 2nd hike through Avalon Preserve.The tall yellow flowers are coreopsis. This preserve is semi-wild and I'm sure both of these plants were introduced.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Flood on Trustees Road

On Sunday afternoon 7/26 about 5:00 I was heading for the beach and surprise-surprise found the road was flooded with two huge puddles at the curve by the beach club. This is not unusual at high tide but I've never seen it this deep before. Ah, what a photo op!

This is the first puddle. Many people, including yours truly, drove through it, turned around, drove through it the other way and left. I parked elsewhere and walked back with my camera.

This is one of the surprised citizens who came from the beach and encountered the flood but made it through. The flooding was sudden.

Some people didn't even slow down
but others stopped to think about it.

Why did I take so many pictures? Couldn't help it.

Glug-glug-glug, where did he go?

The SUVs barrelled through confidently

and one approaching Jeep full of kids even speeded up, yelling "whoopie".