Thursday, April 25, 2013

The barn at Turtleback Farm

Farmer Jen tells us about the historic barn

 Each stall has a window
 The other end of the barn
 Another old structure, this one falling down and not in use
Gully that leads down to the Nissequogue River, which used to be the way farm produce was shipped out before the railroad came.You can see yellow kayaks on the river before the leaves come out.
 I do like these chickens (Jen's Hens).
Not only do they provide eggs, meat, and beauty,
but they improve the pasture where they stay
and are moved around the farm methodically
Planting vegetables in strips will save a lot of weeding.
The rows were covered with straw all winter.

There were no pigs on the farm that day 
but here are some dining last September.

(Next time: some of the old stuff in the barn)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Do you like chickens?

These happy hens and rooster live at Turtleback Farm in Smithtown where we had a tour on 4/13. I took many pictures and will post some in coming days. Their website.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Montauk hike, 3/24/13 (Part 2)

Looking down from the bluffs. Stomach-wrenching
Surprising pools along the way
and then we came upon this
beautiful house
with a charming outbuilding
but were not able to go closer as it's private property
and they mean it
Do I see remains of unlucky trespassers on the rocks?
Oh, I like this kind of hike.
It was, after all, Camp Hero in WW2.
A formation called a Hoo-doo, a dirt pyramid

Early spring blue sky

Monday, April 1, 2013

Montauk hike, 3/24/13 (Part 1)

Enjoyed another Sierra Club hike on 3/24,
this time at Montauk Point by the lighthouse.
Cold, blustery day. Let's get going!
Our knowledgeable hike leader Paul
A much photographed sight.
For info on erosion control, see here
First we walked down to the beach.
 Don't know what that boxy thing is.
Then an uphill climb on a path through the brush
to the cliffs, which aren't entirely safe

Great views from here
That's a rock, not a seal, though here is where they're seen.

On the bluffs you get the best shots.
For some great aerial photos, see here

From their website:
Montauk Point Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in New York State. The Lighthouse was authorized by the Second Congress, under President George Washington, in 1792. Construction began on June 7, 1796 and was completed on November 5, 1796. This National Historic Landmark has been part of Long Island's land and seascape for over 200 years and still serves as an active aid to navigation.

(To be continued)