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THE MOON AND NEST

Jay Gao of Stony Brook captured this incredible image at West Meadow Beach with a Nikon D750 on May 16. He writes, ‘It was in the late afternoon, and  a full moon was rising  while the sun was  setting on the Sound.  I was amazed to notice that the moon was sitting on the top of the osprey nest like a huge egg.  In no time, the raptor came back to the nest and I took the shot.’

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THE MATING GAME

Jay Gao captured this gorgeous image of a pair of wood ducks at the Duck Pond in his hometown of Stony Brook on March 3 using a Nikon D750. A frequent visitor to the pond and adjoining Avalon Park and Preserve, he commented, ‘This is the first time I’ve seen them at this pond.’ 

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PLEASURE TIME

Jay Gao of Stony Brook snapped this amazing photo of a pair of harbor seals at Smith Point County Park in Shirley using a Nikon D750 on Dec. 31. He writes, ‘Before that I did not know that we have seals on Long Island!’

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MAJESTIC BEAUTY

Jay Gao of Stony Brook used a Nikon D750 to capture this incredible image at Old Field Farm County Parkland during the Long Island Classic Horse Show & Equitation Finals (Regional I) on Sept. 9. (Click on photo to see entire image)

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GARDEN ORB

Jay Gao recently snapped this unique photo of a large gazing ball, an art installation called The Sphere, at Avalon Park & Preserve’s wildflower field in his hometown of Stony Brook using a Nikon D750. 

Fun fact: Bavaria’s King Ludwig II loved gazing balls so much he had them produced in many sizes to be hung in trees, floated in ponds and displayed atop ornate pedestals around his Herrenchiemsee palace. King Ludwig’s obsession led to the use of glass baubles as Christmas tree ornaments.

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This article was updated on Sept. 19.

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We have a winner!

Congratulations to Jaimie Lane of Selden for being the winner of our latest Caption This! photo contest. Jaimie’s creative caption, “No, you ask him to refill the bird feeder …,” beat out the competition to win a family four-pack to see “Shrek The Musical” at the John W. Engeman Theater. Congratulations and thanks to all who participated in our contest. Special thanks to the John W. Engeman Theater, 250 Main St., Northport for being our sponsor. Be sure to look out for our next Caption This! photo contest in the near future.

Photo by Jay Gao

Jay Gao of Stony Brook captured this photo in his backyard on July 15 using a Nikon D5500. He writes, “It was in the late afternoon when we noticed these two squirrels were playing around on the  ground. Had just enough time to grab my camera and to take a couple shots before they disappeared into pine trees.”

Share your best caption for this adorable photo at leisure@tbrnewspapers.com. The reader with the most original title will be announced in the Aug. 16 issue and win a family four-pack to the children’s production of “Shrek The Musical,” now playing at the John W. Engeman Theater through Sept. 2. Open to all ages. Deadline to enter is Aug. 11. Good luck!

‘ROSE BY BEACH’ 

Jay Gao of Stony Brook snapped this interesting photo of a lone beach rose at West Meadow Beach on June 3 with a Nikon D750 camera. A speedboat and the bluffs of Old Field are in the background.

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