BEN SMITH PHOTO
We all know how long it takes to drive across Shelter Island from north to south on Route 114. Some of us know there are 21.5 miles of trails meandering in and around Mashomack Preserve.
But have you ever wondered how big Shelter Island really is?
Glenn Waddington certainly did, and it’s a question that he puzzled over for quite some time. (more…)
BOB DeSTEFANO PHOTO Bill Lieblein in front of Port of Egypt.
How strange that you can wave and say hello to someone just about every day for 20 years and yet know very little about them.
That’s the relationship I had with my neighbor, Bill Lieblein, until just a few days ago. I knew he was a fisherman and owned the popular Port of Egypt marina in Southold. Armed with those two facts, I asked him to tell me his story. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO Dickerson Creek, where it begins to flow into an endangered salt marsh.
Under a reef of cloud sailing slowly east, Dickerson Creek sparkles with May sunlight. The saltwater estuary streams out of the depths toward land, pooling in borders of peat, reeking pleasantly of salt and earth.
From the pools the current slowly continues over flooded mudflats. An egret, pure white, standing on stick legs in blue water, jerks forward, freezes — posing. Look closely and below the surface tiny creatures spring and dart from narrow burrows in the black mud. (more…)