Pitch pines probably outnumber all of the other species and in large areas of central Suffolk County they can be the only tree species for acres and acres
Southern pine beetles attack a tree by boring holes around its circumference, prohibiting the flow of nutrients, food, and water up and down the tree’s trunk. Victoria Bustamante

Trees, especially white oaks, were cut off above the lowest lateral branch so that the tree became disfigured and obvious, going by the name “lop trees” or “boundary marker trees.”

I love beaches and have experienced them in many parts of the world
Something of Ditch Plain’s spiritual core would be lost, Russell Drumm believes, if the town allows the former East Deck Motel to be redeveloped as a private club. Morgan McGivern

A unique treasure in terms of the natural world
Windblown shadbush dot the dune plain between Montauk Highway and Cranberry Hole Road on Napeague, an expanse rich in interesting flora, fauna, and topographic features. David E. Rattray

The forecast promised northerly, offshore winds from a cold front on the day of festive gluttony itself
The glassy, head-high waves of Thanksgiving Day were generated by the massive weather system that had plunged the Midwest into record-breaking cold. Dalton Portella

Colonists and their offspring have been feasting on turkeys ever since they arrived here in the beginning of the 17th century
A wild turkey at dawn near Lily Pond Lane in East Hampton. Turkeys, reintroduced to East Hampton Town in the 1990s, can now be found in abundance from Montauk to Wainscott and beyond. Dell Cullum

Rosalie Edge was a life member of the American Audubon Society and she created the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania at the age of 56
The Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania is a mecca for migrating raptors and the birders who watch them. Victoria Bustamante

These thoughts are birds that seem of a feather
Harvey Bennett, Thanksgiving provider, with wild turkey in hand Chris Foster

Why are the leaves falling so late this year?
Earlier this week, the woods along many of the back roads on the South Fork were still ablaze with the colors of fall. David E. Rattray

Eau du Bonac
This picture of Craig Cantelmo releasing a keeper bass by the Montauk bluffs won the photographer, Bill Jakobs, $200 in tackle as part of the Montauk SurfMaster’s Van Staal Catch and Release photo contest. Bill Jakobs