πŸ“· Photo of the Week : 2014-14

"Sunset Bar" taken 3/23/14 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5

“Sunset Bar” taken 3/23/14 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5

this was a cool night- it is even cropped at the top and bottom which faded to black. there was just this thin bar of light right at sunset, that made it in the tiny break in the clouds at the western horizon. It really made for a unique and stark look and it did light up a bit more, which is what I posted to Instagram that night. I just like the look of this one, too!

πŸ“· Photo of the Week : 2014-13

"Tiny Flock" taken 2/10/14 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5

“Tiny Flock” taken 2/10/14 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5

These plovers had started accepting me as part of the environment after so many sunsets together and were not upset I was only about 8 feet away. I like that they’re so tiny it looks like it was taken much further away.

Another one where I think it kind of looks fake: the colors, the glow, and the mistaken distance due to the actual size of the birds- plus they look like a bad photoshop job put them in the picture makes me laugh. I like when these shots get away from reality like that.

πŸ“· Photo of the Week : 2014-11

 "red overhead" taken 11/25/13 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5

“red overhead” taken 11/25/13 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5

For my 200th post, Im glad to share this one from such a spectacular night.

This entire scene is now about 6 feet under the newly replenished sand and about 100 feet from the new shoreline!

πŸ“· Photo of the Week : 2014-10

"Wispy Red 'X'" taken 2/7/14 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5

“Wispy Red ‘X’” taken 2/7/14 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5

Taken right after new layers of sand were replenished, the ocean hadn’t smoothed the shoreline. That made it incredibly difficult to get a shot in the very short time between waves fully flowing out and in, since there was such a steep incline where they broke. I guess that’s part of the challenge.

πŸ“· Photo of the Week : 2014-09

"Glowball" taken 12/19/13 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with

“Glowball” taken 12/19/13 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5

By now you’re understanding these sunsets are my own little reflection obsession, a little rorschach test that changes every night. It is quite funny what the mind sees. I am surprised at recurring shapes (since every one of these sunsets has a unique personality to me) in many that I wouldn’t have thought because they must be formed by half of what they are, perfectly placed for the reflection: like this globe.

This was a crazy night, and the glow that everything took on felt very odd and became a little spooky. Not that it stopped me!

what do you see?

Jo Jo Apples 🍎 Returns After Renovations

After a month of renovations Jo JoΒ Apples Cafe Β Β unveiled their new look this week.

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“Going into it, it was a big job.” Owner Gail Vasta told me. “But it was made easier than I thought it would be”. Needless to say, she’s happy with the renovations, done in just 4 weeks, and rightly so.

The staff were glad to be back and so were the customers who were still enjoying their dinners well past normal closing time.

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Gail told me April 1, 2014 will start the 18th year she’s owned Jo Jo Apples and she said “It was time. It needed to be updated.”

You know, when you’re dealing with a restaurant that’s pretty much an institution in town, you have to be careful what you change. “I’m happy with the how it turned out -we didn’t want to lose the charm of the place,” Gail said. Β I think they’ve done that well, too.

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Not just a new look

Chef Kimberly is working on new Prix Fixe menu specials that will include appetizers as well as the dinner specials we’ve come to know. They also will serve new deserts including cheesecakes from Juniors and espresso and cappuccino are added to the menu.

Gail says that online ordering is in the works in the near future.

We talked about how much is involved in owning a restaurant.

“You really have to love it to be here every day”. She says she does and she’s glad the staff do, too. It’s long, hard work “But it’s all worth it. The best part is to just see people enjoy what they’re eating and having a good time here.”

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The renovation is a tasteful and comfortable update on a Point Lookout tradition, with quality finishes that’s ready for the next 18 years. See it for yourself while you enjoy a cuppa, snack, or a meal; at the place where people mean when they say “Meet me in Point Lookout for Breakfast”.

πŸ“· Photo of the Week : 2014-07

"Snow Wave Sea" taken 1/22/14 at Civic Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5"

“Snow Wave Sea” taken 1/22/14 at Civic Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5″

A Snow Wave Sea… click the link to see the full size version.
This was a few snowstorms ago… a little different for me, and I really like the cool look of the snow on the sand, really looking more like choppy waves to me. It also captures the “historic” aspect of documenting the dredging pipes here during the current Jones Inlet Dredging project.
This is, of course, on top of all our newly acquired sand!

πŸ“· Photo of the Week : 2014-06

"Angelfish" taken January 20, 2014 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5.

“Angelfish” taken January 20, 2014 at Point Lookout Town Beach, Point Lookout, NY with iPhone5.

I love the layered sky and the vapor trails really gave some punch to this view. Portrait (up and down) layout is so much more conducive to these high cloud shots, but there’s a reason the other format is called “landscape”, especially when thats what you take pictures of! Was this the last colorful sunset we might see for some time?