Great Captain Island Adventure

Beautiful summer day in New York! Wanna take a break out of the city; smell some fresh sea air and feel the breeze blowing on your face? Wanna leave the crowds and the dust of the city behind for a short escapade. A trip to Battery Park won’t cut it this time but Newport would be too far? Don’t wanna drive the car? A train ride would sound more relaxing? Ready for an adventure? Wanna be back home for the night?

Why not try a quick day trip to the Great Captain Island just off the coast of Greenwich, Connecticut. Its a 40 minute ride by Metro North from Grand Central Terminal to Greenwich. Check out schedules hereCost of roundtrip: $18 off-peak, $24 peak. Then a 5 minute walk from the train station to the Greenwich harbor right behind the station at the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park. The ferry ride is just about 20 minutes long. Be sure to check out the ferry schedule as it changes from day to day! In addition to the ferry ride you must purchase daily pass from the for $10 from the Greenwich Town Hall at 101 Field Point Road. You must get the pass before going to the ferry. 

The beaches at the Great Captain island are nice and quiet (at least on a Monday afternoon). A lifeguard is on duty on one of the beaches. For birdwatchers the island might be especially interesting as it is a home and nesting ground for a number of  migratory bird species and is considered one of the Connecticut’s 26 “important bird areas” according to the Connecticut Audubon Society. We saw a large number of quite noisy adult and baby egrets as well as cormorants. Early August is the end of the egret nesting season. Signs had been set up to stay away from certain areas of the island to help let the egrets nest in peace. I observed a number of sanderlings at close distance at the beach. These extreme long-distance migrants breed only on High Arctic tundra but live on most of the sandy beaches of the world.

Besides enjoying mother nature, the recently restored, beautiful light house at the island is worth checking out. And one more thing, I highly recommend bringing bug spray as some of the horse flies we encountered were ferocious man eaters!! The lifeguards at the beach said that other bugs are also abound in the island.  Friends warned us of ticks also which would be a concern, especially if you plan on bringing kids along. But we didn’t get a confirmation on this. It wouldn’t surprise me though; the conditions are just right.

If the Great Captain Island sound a bit too adventurous, you might want to consider the Island Beach,  which is smaller but has more services such as clean drinking water! The drinking water system at the Great Captain Island was contaminated by salt water during Sandy, so be sure to bring your own water with you!! The Island Beach ferry leaves from the same dock as the Great Captain Ferry.

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Take A Stroll In Central Park

For those of you who would love to visit Central Park but are unable to do so, Google maps has expanded their services now to cover a lot of previously uncovered paths in the park. Of course its not the same as actually being there, but its the next best thing. So come along and take a stroll in one of the greatest parks in the world!  Hope you enjoy it!

 

Gondola Boat Ride In Central Park

The Loeb Boat House in Central Park offers gondola rides at the pond for up to six people in a boat. This is definitely one of the most romantic things you can do with with your special someone while in New York. From the pond you can enjoy the unique combination of Central Park’s lush green forest against the backdrop of the stunning Manhattan skyline all at the same time. On a calm evening The San Remo apartment building reflects beautifully off of the pond’s surface. Past and present residents of the San Remo include such famous personalities as Tiger Woods, Steven Spielberg, Demi Moore, Glenn Close, Dustin Hoffman, Bono, Steve Martin, Bruce Willis. Rita Hayworth spent her last years there, alongside her daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan. Bono bought his apartment from Steve Jobs for $14.5 million.

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Central Park Spring Blossom – Part II

Here is another post from my favorite place in NYC, especially during the Spring: the Central Park! I try to make a walk to the park at least once a week. On each visit I notice how one blossom has come to an end only to make room for some new flowers. The magnolia blossom is now pretty much over. The Yoshino Cherry Trees that were still blooming a week ago on the east side have made room to the Kwanzan Cherry bloom on the west side of the water reservoir. The ground under the trees is covered with the petals like virgin snow. My new favorite this Spring is the English Garden / Conservatory Garden on the east side at 104th Street where a majority of these photos were taken. It is such a peaceful place to relax and meditate in this buzzing city. Now is the perfect time to get your portraits and head shots taken in the most beautiful place in the greatest city in the world. Contact me at juha (at) juhaphotography.com for pricing and availability. Take a look at my portfolio here. And don’t forget to smell the roses!

 

Spring Blossom In Central Park

Spring time is my favorite time in Central Park. The Central Park Conservancy does such an excellent job taking care of the park’s 250 acres of lawns, 24,000 trees, 150 acres of lakes and streams and 80 acres of woodlands. April is the best time to enjoy the magnolia and cherry blossom. Last week I decided to walk around the whole park, starting from the south-east corner northward to Harlem and then walking back southward on the west side. I’ve never actually been north of the water reservoir so I really enjoyed visiting some new places, such the Conservatory Garden around 104th Street on the East side and the North Woods up in Harlem. Spring is also a fantastic time to spot some of the more than 200 species of birds that make their annual migration via New York. Central Park is the one place where you can distance yourself from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan life without actually leaving the city.