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

They were some kind of beetle, jet black with four bright markings above, two on each side
The federally-endangered American burying beetles found by Stuart Vorpahl in East Hampton recently are a species thought to be extinct in New York.

Should have seen it coming
Mike Milano jumped into the lead in the Montauk SurfMasters tournament for striped bass over the weekend with this 38.08-pounder. Paulie Apostolides

Notwithstanding the ever-looming presence of phragmites, the salt marshes, both tidal and supratidal, have done well this year

Dark purple circles appeared here and there on Saturday afternoon, clots of menhaden
Rusty Miller, winner of the United States surfing championship contest in 1965, stopped by Ditch Plain in Montauk Tuesday for a set. Russell Drumm
Fort Pond Bay glistened in the sunlight Saturday, but the schools of bunker did not draw the usual predator fish. Russell Drumm