Outdoors

It has been more than 400 years since European Caucasians invaded North America and some of us still haven’t learned.

Land and water
Georgica Pond near Montauk Highway in East Hampton David E. Rattray

The stout 30-foot Nova Scotia-built boat is not ready to join its cousins on dry land just yet
The columnist’s boat sat alone at its dock this week among those that have already been pulled out of the water. Jon M. Diat

There has been very little fishing activity, with wind putting a significant crimp in the plans of many looking to get in some late season action on the water
Immature bay scallops seem to be in short supply, which may portend a poor harvest next year. Jon M. Diat

The prettiest fall foliage was along the north half of Northwest Woods, east of Three Mile Harbor, and in Springs and Amagansett

I keep track of each bit of nature as it crops up — crows, blue jays, butterflies, and the like
An adult herring gull fed a fish to an immature great black-backed gull. There are a number of species of gulls on the South Fork, each with slightly different markings and habits. Terry Sullivan

I felt it was time to rustle up a few friends to get in some late-season fishing for blackfish
Al Daniels held a six-pound blackfish taken at Fishers Island on Sunday. Jon M. Diat

“It’s always something,”

I have programmed my schedule to ensure that I get on the water for the first day of bay scallop season
Robert Cugini of Seattle and Ray Sperling of Sag Harbor helped sort through scallops on Monday morning. Jon M. Diat

A few of the benefits of letting a true professional take all of the responsibilities off your plate for a day.
Tim Mott of Sag Harbor held a sea bass taken on Friday aboard the Oh Brother out of Montauk. Jon M. Diat