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Hudson River Greenway

Hudson River Greenway

Hudson River Greenway, a section of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, is a bikeway in Manhattan.

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October 21, 2016
The Dead Horse Bay

The Dead Horse Bay

Dead Horse Bay is a small saltmarsh on the southern side of Brooklyn. In the 19th century, the marsh was a site with animal processing plants to where carcasses of dead horses and other animals were brought to be processed into glue and fertilizer. The remains were dumped into the water. This explains how the Dead Horse Bay got its name.

Horses were replaced by automobiles, and until 1930's, the marsh of Dead Horse Bay was used as a New York city's landfill. Since around 1950's the garbage dump started to erode and all the treasures are now spilling out for everyone to see. More #deadhorsebay photos.

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October 16, 2016
Glass Bottle Beach of the Dead Horse Bay

Glass Bottle Beach of the Dead Horse Bay

The coast of the Dead Horse Bay is scattered with bottles, jars, vials, and other glass containers. Less abundant are crockery, faience, porcelain, and rubber items. Probably other materials have not survived and completely decomposed. Some items were buried more than a hundred years ago. Recently I've learned that it is nicknamed “Glass Bottle Beach”. More #deadhorsebay photos.

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October 16, 2016
Luna Games at Coney Island

Luna Games at Coney Island

A water racing game with a cartoonish look at Luna Park in Coney Island. Brooklyn, New York.

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October 15, 2016
Striped Searobin (Prionotus Evolans)

Striped Searobin (Prionotus Evolans)

This is a Striped Searobin (Prionotus Evolans) from the Triglidae family, commonly known as sea robins or gurnards.

Here are a few interesting things about sea robins. They make a croaking sound similar to a toad. Their skulls are fully armored and they have spines everywhere. They have spiny "legs" but they are not for walking. The "legs" are sensory organ used to search for food on the bottom. And look at these pectoral fins that look like wings.

How to catch: Sometimes you wish you knew how to not catch them. Striped Sea robins will take any bait and virtually any hook size.

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September 03, 2016
Prospect Park Audubon Center / Boathouse

Prospect Park Audubon Center / Boathouse

Boathouse on the Lullwater of the Lake in Prospect Park. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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July 12, 2016
Portrait of a Smooth Dogfish (Mustelus canis)

Portrait of a Smooth Dogfish (Mustelus canis)

Smooth dogfish is the name of this shark species I hear most often. But it also called Atlantic smooth dogfish, dusky smooth-hound, grayish, nurse shark, smooth dog, or smooth-hound.
They are mostly found in shallow waters and often can be caught from shore.

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June 11, 2016
Florida Fishing: Gafftopsail Catfish (Bagre Marinus)

Florida Fishing: Gafftopsail Catfish (Bagre Marinus)

Catching catfish from the ocean was surprising at first. Then it became annoying. Now I know that there are saltwater species of catfish.

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April 04, 2016
Pond Overflow

Pond Overflow

After the long drive, we arrived at the campground but there was not much ground to stand on.

Later I met a woman who told me that the evening before there was a heavy rain. She hid from it in her camper until the morning and woke up to discover that the belongings she left around the camper were either underwater or gone. Someone's things were floating around. The next two days people had to move through the water.

Heavy rain caused the campground's pond to overflow. Mexico Beach, Florida.

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April 03, 2016
Hudson River Estuary Waterways

Hudson River Estuary Waterways

Hudson River estuary waterways around New York City and New Jersey.

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August 20, 2015
Moored Boat

Moored Boat

Moored boat bobs upon the waves of the ocean.

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July 13, 2015
New York's Hudson River Turns to Ice

New York's Hudson River Turns to Ice

Freezing temperatures in New York have left large stretches of the Hudson River an impenetrable ice, which caused the suspension and the shutting down of services between Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.

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February 20, 2015
Seabed

Seabed

The strait near Dead Horse Bay and Deep Creek became so shallow
and in some places water was gone so it was possible to walk along the bottom dry-shod.

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February 27, 2012