Photography

LIVING THE BEACH LIFE Jay Gammill of East Setauket captured this image of a piping plover at West Meadow Beach in Stony Brook on May 3. The shorebird, which derives its name from the bell-like whistled peeps it uses for communication, is considered threatened due to human activity, receiving protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1985.

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AMBASSADOR OF THE LAKE This friendly Canadian goose greeted all visitors to Lake Ronkonkoma on a recent Sunday afternoon. The lake and the surrounding beaches have undergone a dramatic resurgence over the last year, thanks to the efforts of the Lake Ronkonkoma Improvement Group. Photo by Heidi Sutton

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EN PLEIN AIR: Gerard Romano of Port Jefferson Station captured this image of an artist painting plein air, a French expression meaning ‘In the open air,’ at Setauket Harbor in May using a Nikon D7100 with a Nikkor 18-200 zoom lens.

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BON APPÉTIT! Jay Gao of Stony Brook took this photo of a robin feeding its babies in his backyard on May 10 using a Nikon D5500. After hatching, baby robins spend anywhere from nine to 15 days in the nest. The fledglings then leave the nest and move about on the ground and on low branches for a few days before they can fly.

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COUNTRY LIVING Gerard Romano of Port Jefferson Station took this photo of a Farmall tractor on May 2 using a Nikon D3300 and a 11-20 mm lens. The tractor, which was produced between 1932 and 1939, sits on the front yard of the historic Sylvester Randall home, circa 1853, in Miller Place.

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INTO THE DEEP BLUE Tim Votapka of Centerport took this close-up image of a ‘Deep Blue’ Senetti flower on April 24 using a Nikon D3200 52mm, f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 200. He writes, ‘I spotted this annual in a neighbor’s garden. No dye job!’ The plant will bloom through early summer.

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Photo by Gerard Romano

SMOOTH SAILING Using a Nikon D7100 with an 18-200 telephoto lens, Gerard Romano of Port Jefferson Station took this image of students from the Stony Brook School sailing in Port Jefferson Harbor near Harborfront Park on March 26. James Smith’s sculpture depicting the village’s shipbuilding history is in the foreground.

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The Smithtown Animal Shelter, 410 E. Main St., Smithtown, will offer Easter photos of your pets on Sunday, April 9 from noon to 3 p.m. Come on down and have a photo taken of your pet and enjoy a family fun Easter egg hunt with lots of prizes! $10 donation requested for a framed color photo. All funds raised will go to the Star Foundation, a non-profit volunteer organization based in Middle Island that is dedicated to the welfare of domestic and wild animals. For further details, call 631-360-7575.

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