Outdoors

Moore’s Woods is one of the easternmost outposts of the famous Appalachian hardwood forest
The leaves of the rare cranefly orchid peek out from the fallen leaves in Moore’s Woods in Greenport. The orchid flowers in the spring and leafs out in the fall. Victoria Bustamante

Our connection to the natural world is a blessing that must never be taken for granted, or squandered
Rumors that the fall striped bass run is over are greatly exaggerated. Surfcasters continued to catch fish up to 20 pounds during the past week. Russell Drumm

The winter birds have been showing up in good numbers

Tales of Friday’s big wind, big surf, big white water, and big striped bass
Surfcasters had to work for their catch on Friday, as a large ocean swell was pushed sideways by a 20-knot southwest wind, but big bass in the 20-to-30-pound range were the payoff. Russell Drumm

Storm Sandy wiped away last fall’s colors a few days before they were about to peak
As autumns go, based on foliage aesthetics and nut production, this is one of the best. Carissa Katz

A sense of wonder
Chris Miller of the West Lake Marina poured hermit crabs, which he calls “blackfish crack,” into a basket for a charter captain Tuesday. Russell Drumm

Fruiting trees, the oaks among them, evolved hand in hand with the birds and mammals

“Had a school of 30-pounders in front of me with no one around. Wow!”
Steve Kramer of Montauk caught this 20-pound striped bass using a Hopkins lure that belonged to the late Percy Heath. Dalton Portella

Fall at its most colorful moment

“If only the fish would come closer, to do battle, to be won”
Surfcasters kept casting as they waited for striped bass to move closer to shore just after dawn at the Montauk Lighthouse on Friday. Russell Drumm