Tonight was the annual lighting of the Montauk Lighthouse — thousands of festive white lights, that is — the official kickoff of the holiday season.
As you can see, the lighthouse is pretty impressive on an average day. It was recently named a National Historical Landmark — only the 12th lighthouse to earn this distinction.
(A historian on the grounds tonight shared this tidbit.)
The lighting ceremony was scheduled from 4:30-7:00pm, and it was conveniently dark by 4:20pm. And cold — really cold. But the organizers made us stand around and shiver until 5:30pm.
It was totally worth it.
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Tagged Christmas, entertainment, historian, history, holiday season, holidays, Humor, life, lighting ceremony, Montauk, Montauk Lighthouse, Montauk Lighthouse Lighting, museums, National Historial Landmark, nature, Travel, travelogue, white lights
You know that old-fashioned ribbon candy you sometimes find at Christmas?
Turns out it’s not inspired by ribbons at all.
It’s the spitting image of the bird’s nest fern (left).
I’m not a big plant-and-flowers kinda gal, but I think this one is a beauty.
And much like candy — which attaches itself to your hips and thighs upon ingestion — the bird’s nest fern attaches itself and grows upon another plant or a building.
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Tagged bird's nest fern, candy, Christmas, fern, flowers, Foods, hips, holidays, Humor, life, nature, plants, ribbon candy, ribbons, thighs
During our morning walk in Central Park, Rory and I climb these stone steps every day..
Well, I climb them.
Rory uses the avoidance method.
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Tagged animals, Central Park, Dogs, Humor, life, NYC, walking
What does a gorgeous Saturday feel like?
Photograph by Lalith Ekanayake
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Tagged animals, Humor, life, nature, photography, picture is worth a thousand words, Saturdays, tern
This very bug scuttered across my foot today in Central Park.
Okay, maybe he’s a relative. But it looks just like him.
And where did I found the ‘police sketch’ of the insect in question?
On a bottle of beer.
Cicada Indigenous Ale, to be exact.
Funny how something that looks so bucolic on a bottle of brew…
Creeped the living the shit out of me at 7am.
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Tagged ale, animals, beer, beer bottle, bugs, Central Park, Cicada Indigenous Ale, creepy crawlers, design, Foods, Humor, life, nature, New York City, Oh Beautiful Beer, packaging, police sketch, walking
What do you see here?
Two flowers? Some greenery? A railing and steps?
You obviously haven’t worked at Hallmark.
When I see flowers in pairs, I think “that image would work well for love, engagement, wedding, parents…or even mother and child” (if one bloom is noticeably smaller than the other or is a bud).
The same goes for groups of flowers. Or leaves. Or tree branches.
Even though I left Hallmark over 12 years ago, I still look at scenes in nature and put a card caption on ‘em.
I think I may need a get well card.
Posted in Humor, Life, Nature, Writing
Tagged blooms, branches, child, engagement, flower bud, flowers, get well card, greenery, greeting card caption, greeting cards, Hallmark Cards, Humor, leaves, life, love, mother, nature, pairs, parents, trees, wedding, writing
This made me smile from ear to ear…so I simply had to share!
Special thanks to Earth Pics for spreading the joy on their Twitter feed.
Check their Instagram account for more amazing photography.
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Tagged animals, Earth Pics, environment, Instagram, Internet, life, nature, pay it forward, photography, smiles, strawberry, turtle, Twitter
Can you trust your eyes? Let’s take a poll and find out!
What is pictured below?
Thu 9/5: Hope you enjoyed yesterday’s Hump Day mystery! The correct answer is “colored sand.”
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Tagged entertainment, eyes, Humor, Hump Day, life, photography, poll, rock candy, sand, science, sea shells
Well, I did it. I bought a whole watermelon at the store.
And now I have five pounds of regret in my refrigerator.
I usually spring for the over-priced containers of pre-sliced melon. I know they are gouging me, but it’s convenient…and I can eat that much.
Sure, that monstrosity in my frig was a bargain, but once I cut it — I’m gonna have to eat it all…or end up throwing half of it way.
Guess what I’m having for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next few days?
Posted in Commentary, Cooking, Food, Green, Health, Humor, Life, Nature
Tagged commentary, convenience, cooking, food, fruit, green, Health, Humor, life, melon balls, nature, refrigerator, regret, watermelon
Rory and I encountered these words today on our walk in Central Park:
It was repeated over and over again along our route, so we simply had to follow and answer the now burning question:
What is Brooke’s world?
Turned out to be some benches. And leftover balloons. We deduced that Brooke had a birthday party in the park.
And we missed it.
What is this world — Brooke’s world — coming to?!
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Tagged animals, balloon, birthday party, Brooke's world, Central Park, children, dog, follow directions, Humor, life, New York City, nosy, park bench, walk