“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

Ella Miller admired the 47.8-pound striper her dad, Chris Miller, speared while free-diving on Sept. 17 off his boat, Sea Spearit. Julie Miller
Alexander Londono caught this 15.4-pound, doormat-size fluke, aboard the Lazy Bones party boat on Sept. 13. Wow! Kathy Vegessi

Good for art, good for the environment, good for nature
In the view from the Pollock-Kranser House there is much to please the eye. The glasswort, or samphire, is turning bright scarlet, little salt-marsh gerardia a half-foot tall are displaying their tiny magenta flowers tucked between grass stems. Antonia Prosciotta

A single sunflower, yellow on the outside and dark in the middle, is actually a composite of 50 to 100 flowers

Seven veterans took to the sea on Sunday as part of the Healing Waters program
Capt. Ken Rafferty helped Patrice Neil of East Hampton hoist the 12-pound bluefish she caught off Montauk last week. Capt. Ken Rafferty