Short Beach — The Marshy Side…

Today I set out for a walk on the beach along the Long Island Sound at Short Beach in Smithtown, but when I got there, I decided to take a different path, and go around by the marsh to the other side of the place I went by kayak a few weeks ago. This is where the Nissequogue River actually empties into the Long Island Sound. Continue Reading →

Connetquot State Park — Sketching Deer

Another nice fall day, and i thought i might see some deer, but i really did hit the “jackpot” in the deer department today — i saw 11 of them. I took my regular trail loop and was just enjoying the fresh fall air when i saw the first group of deer not far from the treeline. Then quite a bit further along I saw an actual “family” of deer grazing together… a mother deer, a small deer which i assume was the baby, and then a large deer with imposing antlers which i assume is the father. I kept a bit of distance in case the mother thought i was too close to the baby. I don’t know how deer react (i know they aren’t bears, but i still wouldn’t want that big father deer charging me with those huge antlers, that is for sure)…
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