Outdoors

I noticed a circular mass of leaves and twigs about the size of a basketball

“Killed the cartoonists?” Can the world possibly get more absurd?
What if there was a meteorological anomaly 2,015 years ago, and the water Jesus walked on had, in fact, been frozen by an arctic blast? Peter Spacek

Among the unusual birds observed were two Eurasian wigeons, eight bald eagles, a northern goshawk, a barn owl, a saw-whet owl, and two snowy owls

I’d heard by way of a friend while waiting at the checkout at the 7-Eleven on Friday that local boats were doing well on cod
Snow was blowing on an east wind as anglers aboard a Viking boat returned to port in Montauk Saturday afternoon after an excellent day of cod fishing. Russell Drumm

Montauk is the biggest jewel in the South Fork’s tiara
Throughout the fall of 2014, the interns and their Third House teachers have been working collaboratively on understanding the ecology of Big Reed Pond. This year's interns are, left to right, Makenzie Scheerer, Madison Aldrich, Hannah Vogel, and Travis Santiago.
Environmentalism and nature lovers are rampant in Montauk.Victoria Bustamante

The Duryea and Son lobster restaurant and market on Fort Pond Bay in Montauk has been sold, as has the nearby family house, which might be razed. Russell Drumm

I erected a feeding station outside my bedroom window made from a four-foot-diameter plastic tabletop mounted upside down five feet off the ground on a single iron fencepost

Unlike deer antlers or trophy heads, fins and tails resurrect movement, mummified memories of the fish’s spirit and power
Call them trophies, but the fins and tails preserved on dock piles or shrunken and warped by the sun are more like totems to beloved species. Russell Drumm Photos

Like the world in all its glory does not exist unless humans talk about it?
Tom Hensler of East Hampton and Dai Dayton of Bridgehampton enjoyed a productive day of blackfish and sea bass fishing aboard the Breakwater charter boat on Sunday. Michael Potts

Pitch pines probably outnumber all of the other species and in large areas of central Suffolk County they can be the only tree species for acres and acres
Southern pine beetles attack a tree by boring holes around its circumference, prohibiting the flow of nutrients, food, and water up and down the tree’s trunk. Victoria Bustamante