I changed my banner photo matching to the season. I took this photo a year ago. It was as cold as it is now on the East Coast. This is on Shelter Island, all the way out at the end of Long Island. It's a wonderful, magical, different place. I haven't been to the Jersey Shore in years since I've been invited out there for weekends.
It takes me totally away from my life, not that there aren't any beautiful spots in my life. It's just totally different. By the ocean, and not by the wild waves of the Atlantic. It's just like the name, sheltered. It's sort of New Englandy-coasty, but it's own thing. One of the things that makes it special is that you have to take a ferry to get there. On winter days we're there we don't do much, watch TV, go outside for a minute to take pictures, come back inside, play games, and go to dinner. Spend the night, have breakfast and go home. Maybe a visit to a vineyard on the way there or on the way back, but not much more.
In the company of my some of my children and grandchildren.