It sounds like an overstatement until you arrive at Orient Point, Long Island, the breath-taking north-easternmost part of Southern New York. Orient Point is the last stop of the four-part Fall Outdoor Photo Trek class I teach. We’ll be touring the end of Long Island’s North Fork with its view of Plum Island and two lighthouses–the Plum Island Light built in 1869 and it’s fellow guardian across Plum Gut, the 1899-built Orient Point Light, a spark plug-style lighthouse affectionately called the Coffeepot Lighthouse. Sign up for more Outdoor Photo Treks, including Fall Foliage ones at East End Arts.
This week’s trek visits the grounds of the Horton Point Light, a simple but noble structure that watches over the Long Island Sound from Southold, Long Island. Weekends within the season offer tours and a climb to the top if you choose, but on a weekday at this time of year, we will have the opportunity to venture without the crowds and experience this place ensconced by the mystique of its history. Outdoor Photo Treks with Miranda Gatewood is sponsored by EastEndArts.org
September 7th’s Photo Safari–thanks to the North Shore Public Library in Shoreham–toured Peconic’s Catapano Dairy Farm, famous for goats, their milk and all manner of goat milk products, as well as 8 Hands Farm, a working farm in Cutchogue. Those eight hands belong to mom, dad, sis and 15-year-old Max, who showed us around. Lastly, we climbed to the top of Horton Point Lighthouse in Southold and got a green-fresnel-lens-view of the Long Island Sound.
It’s a maze only in name; not the kind of maze that will challenge your escape. This Mattituck, Long Island seasonal feature is the first stop for a new group of Fall Outdoor Photo Trekkers, a 4-part photography workshop that I conduct through East End Arts, Riverhead, NY. Learn more at East End Arts.
And, if you did forget how to get back to your car amid a sea of golden sunny faces all pointing the way, it’s because you were so enamored with the view, as were all who frolicked with you. Don’t worry; there are plenty of bags of North Fork Potato Chips for sale if you fear being marooned.
Join Miranda Gatewood on an Outdoor Photo Safari Photo Shoot sponsored by the North Shore Pubic Library on Friday, Aug. 23 from 10 am to 1 pm. Free. Essential photo instruction with personalized attention. Bring your camera, provide your own transportation. We will meet at the surprise location in the images above (the library will give you location and directions once you register at 631-929-4488). Non-cardholders are welcome. Registration a must.
Carved in barnwood and later used in this interior renovation of an Eastern Long Island, NY farm was a simple inscription: R.E.T. 1903, with a flourish. It was the hand of the original owner, R.E. Tuttle (a.k.a. Tuthill), an early family name in this region.
Pictured is Jim Naples of East Bay Builders, Inc. From the available barnwood and original structures, Naples preserved and showcased so many of these details, preserving so much history.
In Minnewaska State Park Preserve, located in the Hudson Valley’s Shawangunk Mountains, this is the Peters Kill, a shallow stream that drops about 65 feet over a rock ledge. It’s known as Awosting Falls.
This Wednesday, our Outdoor Photo Trek class will tour one of my favorite spots–Greenport, NY. This is the last class of the 4-part session sponsored by East End Arts and we’ll visit the places where I took these images–all within one square mile. If you think of photography as the art of exclusion (think cropping) then the smallest spaces become little universes of detail. Sign up for the more in the next session, a guided tour of incredible landscapes and waterscapes of Eastern Long Island. May the light guide you!