Creative Photography #10 - Spider Tree

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Wednesday, August 20, 2008

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The beaches of Long Island, NY. My feeling is that they are some of the best beaches in the world. Now, I am not going to make that statement without explaining...

Well actually I could, this is my blog and all, but that would only precipitate a flurry of comments. Actually not a bad idea...LOL...but no...maybe my giving my reasons will elicit even more comments...ah hell...I am going to tell yo whether you want to hear it or not.

Well, here goes. The south shore of Long Island is along the Atlantic Ocean. It is right in the path of a warm water flow of the Atlantic. Don't believe me? Well here is a map!

OK, so you will say, "Hey, so is the whole east coast of the US!"

To that I answer, "Yes, but the south shore of Long Island, and it's beaches are in an East-West direction whereas the beaches of Florida, the Carolina's et al up the eastern seaboard are North-South beaches."

The currents and the wave activity come right at Long Island.

This results in a finer grain of sand on the beaches and some intense wave action for surfing or body-surfing. The water is also warmer for a longer time than the beaches of New Jersey.

Took me a while to get to my submission for the Roger's contest, didn't it?

This was taken at Smith Point Beach, which is located on the Eastern portion of Fire Island. All I did was make it gray scale and get rid of the tire marks from the Park Ranger's Jeep.


This is the original

On this map, you can find Smith Point State Beach, by locating Mastic Beach - center of the Island.

And finally, from google maps....a closer look at this great beach.

1969 - 1971 Long friends and I used to use fake ID to get into the club where this band used to perform...well that is until the night my buddy used the same ID as I had used!

Made it tough getting past the mountain of a doorman they had.

This is The Illusion. "Did You See Her Eyes". You can read more about them HERE.


26 Of Your Sparks

  1. TopChamp Says:
  2. ooh - fake ID... reminds me of the time my wee sis nicked my provisional driving license to give to a friend who was caught... Police were involved. Nice!

    Well you certainly sold the beach to me.

  3. Kb Says:
  4. Love the Smith Point Beach picture!

  5. Matt-Man Says:
  6. Nice job Vin. You used a fake ID? I am shocked. Shocked I say!! Cheers!!

  7. it is so interesting, the currents of the ocean...

    great post bond.

    smiles, bee

  8. Bond Says:
  9. TOPCHAMP: A great beach it is

    KB: hehehe...

    MATT-MAN: Thanks..ah be shocked...I was! LOL

  10. Ralph Says:
  11. The Atlantic has the best beaches, from the Island south.

    The tree has that weathered look, like driftwood. The sand may be a bland color, but there is enough interesting stuff to catch your eye during the tide...

  12. Dana Says:
  13. Oh how I miss the ocean. Although I have a preference for the west coast, I'd certainly entertain visiting Long Island! And the spider tree? Beautiful!

  14. Jeff B Says:
  15. Interesting bit of trivia. I didn't know about the warm current affecting the water that far north. My only disagreement with your "best beaches" claim is that out here we get some pretty increadible sunsets over the Pacific. That puts it over the top for me.

    I remember my first trip to the east coast many years ago. Thought it was pretty cool to see the sun rise over the water for a change of perspective.

  16. Starrlight Says:
  17. I need fake ID for my kid so I can take her to 21 and over concerts. Stupid Jesus and Mary Chain and their alcoholic shows. Bah

    Nice picture Mr. Bond. I love gray scale. And sepia tint for that matter.

  18. Jay Says:
  19. I knew a couple of people who had a fake ID racket going when I was in college. In fact one guy had a pretty amazing setup for his. I always figured that guy was heading either for the White House or the Pen. He ended up in the Pen. LOL

  20. leelee Says:
  21. Nice photos!!

    I love the beaches on Long Island..that fine sand is just delish!!

    Have a great day!


  22. Dianne Says:
  23. I have friends and family on the North Fork. Love it there!!

    Your spider tree looks as though it could start running down the beach - cool shot.

    I had fake ID but never had to use it. I looked 25 when I was 13. At the time I thought that was cool but Oh Man did it get me into trouble!!

  24. the teach Says:
  25. Oh Vin, you are so right about the beaches of Long Island! But the water is a little cold until late August - right about now actually! I'm a JOnes Beach and Robert Moses girl... But there aren't too many places that can boast better beaches than LI. Did you ever hear of the Tremolos? They were a band playing in Queens back in the 60s... :)

  26. Bond Says:
  27. RALPH: Exactamundo my friend

    DANA: You have to try the beaches of Long Island...nothing like em

    JEFF: The sunsets on the left coast are awesome no doubt

    STARRLIGHT: I never thought of fake ID for a concert!

    JAY: Well you had a 50/50 chance!

    LEELEE: The is different from anywhere else I have been...thick, but fine...

    DIANNE: North Fork is beautiful also Someone got it! It looked like a praying mantis sort of...;or a spider (which is why I named it Spider tree)

    THE TEACH: Ah is swimmable in July IMHO...especially further out east. I love Robert Moses also, but Smith Point is much less crowded...
    Not familiar with the Tremelos...

  28. Kimmie Says:
  29. Hey Vinny!
    I really enjoyed your bit of history on the beach, and the photo is very nicely done. I like the look of the tree, it has a spooky look to it. I haven't tried using grayscale yet, I think its because I love color so much it kills me to remove it. Sorry about the blogroll, you have not been the only one that needed to point it out to me that I missed you. Hugs to you my dear Italian Friend. Heck, today I realized I didn't have Creative Photography on it, and it wasn't till I went to click it that I even knew. I will be by to sit on the couch alot more soon. I need to get some kind of system, I have been jumping like a grasshopper with no real direction. I blame it on the meds! LOL! ;-)

  30. Bond Says:
  31. KIMMIE: Thanks, I appreciate your comments on my photos...
    No worries on the link, just wanted to point it out...your seat here on The Couch is secure!

  32. Patti Says:
  33. Um, I've been to Long Island but never to a beach there. I do lead a sheltered life.

    I love the desolate feel your photo of the spider tree evokes.

    Interesting post. ;-)

    Good luck in Roger's contest.

  34. Nice magic job on the photo, Vin.

    My FIL doesn't believe that the Pacific is much colder than the Atlantic. I told him that when we go to San Diego, we don't go in the water because it's too cold. He told me, "Well the Pacific is much warmer than the Atlantic; why wouldn't you go in?" I asked him what he'd been smoking! Living in WP, that surf is waaaaaaaaay warmer than Coronado's water.

    Oh, and since you mention fake IDs, I never needed one. In the late 70s and early 80s, legal drinking age in FL was only 18. Three months shy of my 19th birthday, they raised the legal age to 19. Duh! (Now, it's 21, of course.)

  35. Bob Johnson Says:
  36. Lol, fake id, brings back good and well shall we say not so good memories, oh and love the spider tree, very cool.

  37. Travis Says:
  38. GAH! No spiders in trees!

    I'm not much of a beach expert, but you make a good case.

    And I'm glad there weren't actually any spiders in this post.

  39. Roger Says:
  40. Vin awesome editing job and great photo!

  41. Linda Says:
  42. There is just something about limbs that have washed up onto shore that gives them a feeling like no other.

    Very cool indeed! I love the black and white effect.

    Good luck this week!

  43. RockDog Says:
  44. Long Island ROCKS!

    Yankees win 5-1! Woooooo!

    Rock ON V!

  45. Tug Says:
  46. I LOVE the picture, especially gray scale I think. I'm still into the 'loving the naked trees' phase, and this fits right in there.

  47. Gattina Says:
  48. Sounds very interesting !

  49. Bond Says:
  50. PATTI: Thanks

    SONGBIRD: Well it was only 18 then for me also, but I was 16!

    BOB: Thanks and hope you enjoyed sitting on The Couch

    TRAVIS: Sorry I did not put up a warning sign

    ROGER: Thanks

    LINDA: Agree 100% I have a thing for bare trees too...

    ROCKDOG: Wow...welcome to The Couch dude...And LI does ROCK

    TUG: I have a number of "naked trees" I might share some others

    GATTINA: Thanks


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