Hard work and simple pleasures got us through each day enthusiastically and with a smile
Once upon a time on the East End, invasives like this giant hogweed on Audubon Avenue in Bridgehampton were few and far between. Larry Penny

The bald eagle is no longer endangered and is again spreading its wings in every state, with the exception of Hawaii

Living the Dream
Jim Reynolds caught his first false albacore on a fly rod while fishing with Capt. Ken Rafferty. Capt. Ken Rafferty

Sebastian Gorgone at Mrs. Sam’s Bait and Tackle in East Hampton told me that Gulp! has been flying off the shelf and that some local old salts are enthusiastic recent converts
Bennett Burki, 10, caught a 35-pound striped bass off Montauk Point.
Nick Zuccitti posed with bull dolphin snagged at Butterfish Hole. Harvey Bennett

Being in the field in Montauk in September of any year is an invitation to mayhem
Durell Godfrey

A species changes its behavior to keep up with quicker changes in its environment

Eyes see what they want to see when falsie fever spreads around the East End
A false albacore aboard Capt. Brendan McCarthy's fly-fishing charter boat in a photo taken during a previous season. Reports of falsies in local waters this year are premature, The Star's fishing columnist says. Brendan McCarthy | urbanflyguides.com

If we just stick to those islands included in New York State’s territorial boundary we have nine of them, not counting those that are part of New York City
The Long Island archipelago includes, from west to east, the smaller Robin’s Island, Shelter Island, Plum Island, Gardiner’s Island, Big and Little Gull Islands, Fishers Island, North and South Dumpling Islands, and Wicopesset Island (not pictured). Durell Godfrey

Never tried snapper fishing? Tsk, tsk.
Eleven-year-old Ellis Whiteson from New York City caught a 20-pound striped bass on a bunker chunk while fishing from the beach at the Sea Crest Resort on the Napeague stretch. Jonathan Whiteson
Ed Letsch caught a 4.4-pound smooth puffer, typically found closer to Bermuda, while fishing for sea bass in the north rips off Montauk Point. Parts of the smooth puffer contain dangerous neurotoxins, which can kill humans if consumed. Gone Fishing Marina

Fifty years ago, one would never raze a house to build another one unless it was severely storm damaged or ravaged by fire