Outdoors

We take sand for granted but it covers much of the world’s surface and forms an almost continuous band at the periphery of every continent except Antarctica

“Did you hear? So-and-so caught a this-and-that.” Carl heard it all, every day, a walking encyclopedia of fish facts.
“Is it because of global warming?” wondered Henry, Chris, and Xander Goodman after they caught a small bigeye tuna just off Wiborg’s Beach in East Hampton on Labor Day. Edward L. Shugrue III
Capt. Ken Rafferty guided Brett Davis to this 21-pound striped bass, his first on a fly rod. Ken Rafferty

Place a moat between us and the crowds
Max Polsky landed this mahimahi within sight of Montauk Point with his father, George, at the helm. George Polsky
The haul for Capt. Skip Rudolph and his wife, Vickie, when they took the Adios offshore to tuna country included four bigeye tuna, three albacore, and two yellowfin.

Most of Long Island’s flora is relatively recent, 15,000 years or so old
In Montauk County Park at Third House, you can still find a native wood lily, Lilium philadelphicum, or two blooming in July. Victoria Bustamante

This week’s botany tale is not as sweet as last week’s
The cardinal flower, a member of the Lobelia genus Victoria Bustamante
Purple bladderwort carpets part of Trout Pond in Noyac.Victoria Bustamante
They are ferocious feeders from baby snapper to 20-pound “chomper.”
Fish. It’s what’s for dinner. Peter Spacek

This mystery lady was from East Hampton and extensively botanized the South Fork in the late 1800s

By the late 1960s, the revolution spawned by the Beach Boys and lightweight surfboards made of polyurethane foam and fiberglass brought the first wave of surfers who put down roots here
The waves for the Rell Sunn surf contest on Saturday could not have been better; a sweet north wind shaped up a modest south swell to create a perfect stage for young surfers to strut their stuff. Russell Drumm
John Aldridge, who survived 12 hours in the ocean on July 24, 2013, after falling off the Anna Mary lobster boat, celebrated his rescue a year later with a beach party on Aug. 4 on Navy Road in Montauk. Russell Drumm

We understood by doing, not by understanding the theory of how things worked, a kind of osmosis approach to solving problems

For the last few nights the submarine cicadas have begun their chanting just after dark
John Harris and his sons, John and Mike Harris, and grandsons, Nick, Mike, and D.J., caught eight 25-to-35-pound striped bass and 10 bluefish on Saturday with Capts. Michael Potts and Harry Gar