Outdoors

All but two of those who took the arduous two-and-a-half-hour test passed
The surf wasn’t rough, but the water was cold, and the low tide lengthened carries up the beach. Jack Graves

Each shoreline on the South Fork of Long Island is different
On any given day, there are at least four different zones of pebbles, seaweed, shells, and sand running the length of Long Beach from North Haven into Noyac.

A bunker cloud should make the heart of a light-spin-tackler soar like an eagle
Harry Ellis of Montauk trolled up this 64-pound bluefin tuna within sight of land one week ago. Gone Fishing Marina

Will the majority of fireflies slip by unnoticed?
An osprey at Lazy Point had breakfast in its grasp. Dell Cullum

A bumper crop of bluefish of all sizes
The crew of the P Pod posed with the 237-pound blue shark that took first place in the blue shark division of the Star Island Yacht Club’s shark tournament over the weekend. Star Island Island Yacht Club

Don’t just blame the deer, as people are wont to do
Wood, or dog, ticks, like this one seen through a four-power microscope, may be decreasing in number ever so slightly. Other tick species appear on the rise. David E. Rattray

A passion for swimming
Lynn Sherr in Turkey Sharon Young

The weather hasn’t been all that propitious

He found plenty of stripers in Little Peconic Bay around Jessup’s Neck, and then bluefish galore at Cedar Point
Mike Tuscano of Amagansett hefted a fat striped bass he caught while light-tackling with Capt. Ken Rafferty near Big Gull Island a week ago. Ken Rafferty

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