We owe our existence to these little filamentous blue-green cells

The whale was white, a silvery white, with one of its graceful pectoral fins languorously draped across its midsection like the arm of an otherworldly odalisque
A dead humpback whale that washed ashore at Ditch Plain looked almost ethereal in the afternoon light. Russell Drumm
Taking advantage of the easterly blow from the storm that moved up the coast prior to Joaquin was surfcaster Frisly Castaneda, who caught this 44.8-poundstriper on Oct. 4Paulie’s Tackle

Long Island will get smaller and smaller and eventually waste away to an elongate shoal

It’s the time of the great bird migration and the harvesting of fish and shellfish, just like in the old days
Ospreys will use the same nest throughout their lives. Durell Godfrey

Fall fell on Sept. 23, when the center of the sun crossed south of the equator
The fishing was fantastic on Sept. 16, when 11 members of the East Hampton Sportsmen’s Alliance chartered the Elizabeth II out of Montauk, catching a boat limit of sea bass, nine striped bass, and bushels of jumbo porgies. Paul Bruno

The American beech secretes root pheromones that discourage other species from moving in
Dodder, left, Beechdrops, right.
Wood Betony
Yellow pinesap
One-flowered broomrape
Indian pipe

I’m here because forces, seen and unseen, drew me here and required that I stay
A calm ocean made for ideal conditions as a man on a well-outfitted stand-up paddleboard headed out for some fishing at Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett on Saturday morning. Dell Cullum
False albacore, those line-burning fall fighters, are in. Peter Honerkamp of Stephen Talkhouse renown was obviously pleased with one battled and boated last week. Capt. Ken Rafferty

Our country is about the only one in the world that fillets fish and throws the bones away

Eking out a living by catching and eating insects
Drosera intermedia, the spatulate-leaved sundew, is one of three species of insectivorous sundews that can be found on the South Fork. Victoria Bustamante

We had calendars but mostly we got to know the change of seasons by the temperature outside