Two dozen hikers gathered in the parking lot of the South Fork Natural History Museum
Following Friday evening’s hike at the South Fork Natural History Museum, people shared hot cider and treats under the light of the full moon. Carrie Ann Salvi

A wonderful mishmash of upland and swamp forest
Larry Penny visited Point Woods in Montauk recently with Andrew Geller, above, of Queens College and the Long Island Botanical Society. Vicki Bustamante

The rumor mill is generating excitment and perhaps a few stretched truths.
Ken Rafferty, an East Hampton light-tackle and fly-fishing guide, reeled up this toothy barracuda in baby blue southern waters recently, but he’s preparing to go after striped bass at home in the near future. Todd Richter

Above, in North Sea, in several different spots there was nothing but bare ground with hundreds of little yellow domes, a burrow in the center of each. Vicki Bustamante Photos

The crescent moon was bright enough on Monday to make you squint, and Venus just below and to the right nearly so. Jupiter hung directly below Venus. Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech

Bagworms, native to eastern America, look like inverted pinecones. Vicki Bustamante

An early spring, and a few small boats have been testing the waters for early fish. Russell Drumm

Last Thursday afternoon during a walk through the state’s part of Hither Woods in Montauk, there was a large ribbon snake half-coiled on one of the trails. Vicki Bustamante

Hunter Medler, 11, of Montauk landed this yellowfin tuna with a little help while fishing off the coast of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands late last month. Alan Burke

A little more than halfway up, the six mountaineers — Mary Scheerer, Brian Reiss, Shari Hymes, Scott Pleban, and Pete and Rob Spagnoli — posed for a photo.