🎉 Happy New Year 2014

Hi Everyone,

Just a little video to wish you all a Happy New Year!

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Thanks to you all too, and here’s wishing you a Great 2014!

Don’t Forget- Polar Bears dip 1/1/14 12 noon!

📷 Photo of the Week : 20131230

"One Sets, One Rises" taken November 16, 2013 at Civic Beach, Point Lookout NY with iPhone5.

“One Sets, One Rises” taken November 16, 2013 at Civic Beach, Point Lookout NY with iPhone5.

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As the sun sets on 2013, here’s a shot of the pavilion at sunset as the full moon rises.

This will be the last Monday edition of “Photo of the Week”. I thought Monday would be a nice start to the week, but it feels like everyone’s got too many emails or posts to catch up on from the weekend.
2014 will bring a few new ways of doing things and that will be the first change I make… so you may get 2 photos of the week this week!

Do You See What I See

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In today’s photo of the week, my asking “do you see what I see?” Was not just a Christmas Carol, more like “A Christmas Carol” apparition.

It’s spooky when some guys face shows up in the clouds in your photo.

Now do you see what I see, or am I just imagining it?

📷 Photo of the Week : 20131223

"Bird of Paradise" taken November 23, 2013 at Second Beach, Point Lookout NY with

“Bird of Paradise” taken November 23, 2013 at Second Beach, Point Lookout NY with iPhone5

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It is funny what your eyes see in a photo. I know the human mind strives to categorize and assign new information as similar to a familiar structure.

To me, in the big picture, it just jumps off the page to look like a bird of paradise flower.

then… I looked closer, especially at the things that seem to have motion.

do you see anything else? i do, but i’m interested what you think>!

so what do you see?
Other than sizing and a tiny color boost, this photo is not doctored in any way.

SETI On the Beach? No, R U COOL!

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In my beach travels these past weeks I noticed these antenna things installed at the Town Beach Park at Point Lookout.

Yesterday on my sunset search I said hi to the guy as he walked in slow motion with a 8 foot high 10 foot wide antenna in his hands.

I went on my way not to miss the sunset. While taking pictures the guy with the contraption joined me for some picture taking.

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Of course, I had to ask “so what are you guys doing?” Glad I did!

Meet Ethan Handel, Research Project Coordinator for Rutgers University Coastal Ocean Observation Lab (RU COOL). They’re currently calibrating the radar system they installed that tracks ocean currents.

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This radar system measures sea surface and thus, also sees the wind that pushes the currents.

Click here to see their real time ocean currents information at MARACOOS

This information benefits the US Coast Guard, and the data on wind patterns and speeds will aid in siting the planned offshore wind farms both off New Jersey and Long Island.

The data is also helping fishermen and boaters, can help authorities track problems and make decisions on beach closures for red tide or other events. There is some Homeland Security application for unknown vessels as well.

 

Back up top, I spoke briefly with his partner Colin Evans who was holding down the calibration center fort (ok, that’s just what I’ll call their work truck). He pointed me in the right direction of their website. “We’re glad when people ask so we can tell them what we do” he said.

Really interesting work. Check the links to find more.

Click here to find out more about the project and RU COOL.

Click here for info on this project.

Over and out.