Outdoors

Waves, their sound, size, and great variety of shapes, are fascinating

Great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, great and snowy egrets, as well as the glossy ibis are all back in town
Black-crowned night herons, like this one near Sagg Pond in Sagaponack, and other fish-eating water birds have returned to their familiar haunts. Terry Sullivan

In early spring you can find fresh mermaid purses washed up in the wrack line
A drying skate and its egg cases, known as mermaid purses, on the beach in Montauk this week. Russell Drumm

In early spring you can find fresh mermaid purses washed up in the wrack line
A drying skate and its egg cases, known as mermaid purses, on the beach in Montauk this week. Russell Drumm

The sea was peeled back to reveal the rock reef, and release the sweet smell of new growth weed, mostly the bladder wrack that covers them like an army green blanket.
A gray seal blocked the path of a Star columnist on his way to a favorite Montauk cove on Friday. Russell Drumm

San Francisco is about as wild as a large civilized municipality can be
Wildflowers at Point Reyes National Seashore in California Vicky Penny

An open letter to Larry Penny
Alewife David E. Rattray

Waterfowl and water birds took it on the nose

We had invited a few friends over, so I set about getting the big lobster pot out of mothballs and searching for the tools needed to pierce the lobsters’ armor

“It’s time to get up and get going. Breakfast awaits.”
An eastern ribbon snake, fresh from its winter sleep, was spotted in Montauk Sunday, another sign that spring is finally here. Victoria Bustamante