No matter how well we think we are prepared, there will be hell to pay

God help us
Capt. Ken Rafferty displayed a hefty bluefish angled from Gardiner’s Bay last week by a proud-looking Gretchen Mannix. John Mannix

Now is the time to begin looking for them, photographing them, but not picking them
Among the South Fork’s very rare orchids is the dragon’s-mouth orchid, Arethusa bulbosa, which grows in the peaty top of Montauk’s ocean bluffs. Victoria Bustamante

The stripers were indeed large, perhaps the same body of fish witnessed around North Haven’s South Ferry slip last week
Of the larger stripers caught in local waters over the weekend, Mike McDermott’s was king, weighing in 54.12 pounds. Mike Cappola

A very big fish indeed
Even for an experienced local fisherman, seeing carp in the 10-pound range in East Hampton’s Hook Pond last week was a surprise. Terry Sullivan

The bay was full of bottlefish, a k a blowtoads, blowfish, or puffers
A bucket of big fluke proved the success of the Lazy Bones party boat’s afternoon trip on Monday. Russell Drumm

Eugene Odum and a host of ecologists studying food chains discovered that about 90 percent of energy is lost when one trophic level feeds on another

It didn’t take me long to find the creature, a snapping turtle the size of a small manhole cover looking furtively toward the road

Hummingbirds fly fast and furious

A part of local history that should not be forgotten
From left, Floyd Havens, Dom Dom, William Havens, Bill Lester, and Sidney Havens with their catch before haulseining was banned in the name of “conservation.”