I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I spent mine with my wife's family. Adam was home from school and I am thankful to have had my sons home for Thanksgiving. I'm also thankful for the leftovers! This photo a few weeks old. You know how much I love autumn, but the colors this year have been cut short by Superstore Sandy. Not many of the trees have any foliage left.
I spent yesterday waiting for the oil burner guy and cleaning the house for Thanksgiving. Isabel stayed in the position you see here in this photo...well, except to eat. I didn't get everything done my wife wanted done and the oil burner guy needed a part and has to come back to clean the burner. Isabel had the right idea!
We visited the new Parrish Art Museum this weekend. They opened this weekend for the locals with free admission and a heavy push for new members. Their new building has caused such a stir, seems that some people hate it. It's a long A frame with sort of a barn shape. I guess some people thought it should look more like something else. I love it! It reminds me of Long Island, long and flat. Art mimics geography. But that's what art is all about, what we like or don't like, good reviews and bad reviews. So, why not build a museum that stirs the pot a little? The exhibits were...well some were awesome and others were a bit shy of awesome. I love the landscape work of William Merritt Chase, and they have a sizable collection of it on display. That was enough to make me happy. The new digs will allow them to show more work than the smaller place they occupied in the village. It's a bit further to get to, but more to see once you get there!
After nine days, the power has been partially restored. We have heat and light, but can't use the stove or cloths dryer. Small sacrifice. These photos were made November 1st on Venetian Boulevard in Lindenhurst.
That's a file cabinet in the foreground.
This car was twisted around by the power of the waves.
Don't give up the ship!
A 60 year resident of South Lindenhurst told his Congressman that after 364 good days, one bad day wouldn't change his mind about living on the water.
Many residents came back to find their homes condemned.
A view of what I think is Burnett Creek in Southampton NY on Monday Nov. 29, 2012 about five hours before Sandy hit.
Just a bit further down, Flying Point Road is starting to flood.
We still have no electric, but that's the worst of it for us. Schools here have been closed all week. Seventy percent of Suffolk County is without electric and more to our west in Nassau County. The past two days, I've been photographing in the hardest hit areas of Lindenhurst NY. I count my blessings and thank God every day. I have a hard time sleeping at night after meeting people that have lost everything they own. Yesterday, a very young mother with a toddler was on the verge of a nervous breakdown as she saw the place she lived for the first time since the storm. The little beach bungalow was no longer on its foundation and the waves had blown through the back of the house and right out the front taking all their belongings with it. She was screaming. It was very emotional.