Nov 9 2020

Cold Harbor Spring State Park

The survivor tree.

Not sure this little patch of green is part of the Cold Harbor Spring State Park. It locates north of Powles marina and southwest of the Lloyd Harbor main street. Two white swans swim leisurely in  the water as well with a few geese(?).


Nov 5 2020

Nov foliage, 2020

Oct 31, 2020

Nov 6, 2020 ⇓

Nov 5 2020

PL2: the beach

This is a part of Pedestrian Loop 2 at Caumsett park.

Nov 5 2020

Fresh Pond on PL2

We started our hike from Pedestrian Loop PL1 @ Caumsett Park, and went down hill from the main house to the Fresh Pond.

A couple of beautiful white swans

… then the geese … As the result of the 2020 election is still being processed or counted, I thought the noise of the birds is just like the quarreling Des and GOP, between friends who voted for the different candidates, are having right now … and where did they end up at.

the little pond

… and the beach

Nov 5 2020

PL1 @ Caumsett Park

25 Lloyd Harbor Road
Huntington, NY 11743

We walked equally but my phone recorded only 5.8 while my husband’s 6.7 miles (16,453 steps). This isn’t the first time I noticed the discrepancy.

Revisiting this park preserve brings back many memories … One of the reasons that I went there is due to the book I’m reading at the moment: Madam Secretary by Madeleine Albright, published in 2013. The link was from her husband’s side:

In 1921 Marshall Field III purchased 1750 acres of Lloyd Neck to create one large estate. He named the land after its Matinecock Indian name, Caumsett, which means “place by a sharp rock.” Field created a self-sufficient English-style estate as a combination country club, hunting preserve, and home, complete with its own water and electrical supply. When the estate was finished, it had facilities for every sport except golf.

The barn at the main parking lot, perhaps, was crimson but painted white lately. Following Pedestrian Loop One (PL1) which is 2.7 miles, we passed the Winter Cottage, Polo Stables (Stallion, Boarding and Indoor Riding Rink). Dinham Cottage, Mster’s Garage (bathrooms!) and the Main House. On the way up, there was a Lloyd Harbor police car screaming by – hope all is well. We went to the beach from the Main House – PL2 passing by the Fresh Pond.

The white barn – the Farm Group – by the main parking lot. It has a small cafe and bathrooms.

Polo Stable, Stallion, Boarding and Indoor Riding Rink.

PL1 path (Dinham Cottage; Master’s Garage w/ bathrooms) to the Main House

The Main House

The frontal view from the main house. Sitting high, the yellow terrain feels a little Out of Africa.

PL2: the Fresh Pond and the beach

Oct 23 2020

Crew @ Cedarmere

It was a cloudy day but the sun showed up in the afternoon.

The park was pretty lively: a group of young girls taking photos of themselves; a picnic couple; a guy with a heavy-duty black thermo – for coffee? A yogi, and a few couples and a couple of singles – one young kid was smoking weed.

Oct 15 2020

Planting Fields Arboretum

I’ve visited this state park in the spring of 2014. Today’s weather, is as gorgeous as last Friday’s when we visited Bayard Cutting Arboretum. Some the memorable corners at the park, the Coe Hall, the Manor House and the little cottage at the rectangle fountain, and the Alphabetic City.

As to the two arboretums, each has her unique advantages: Planting Fields is more of an arboretum while Bayard Cutting is more of a park on the water – maybe if I visit it again during the season, I would have different impressions. We also stopped by

The purple peas and the hanging baskets 高高在上

The Dahlia garden: the beautiful flowers remind me to dream of Georgia O’Keeffe. The foursome reminds me of the flowers at the Buddhist temples – so perfect, almost fake.


The Hoffman visitor center and café ⇓ There is a regional archives but it’s not open to public.

There is, at least one private residence … how marvelous!

Children’s Cottage is painted pink

The statues

Oct 15 2020

The Alphabetic City

At the Planting Fields.

Oct 15 2020

The Coe Hall

At the Planting Fields Arboretum, the home of William Robertson Coe. He was a railroad and insurance executive, husband of Mary “Mai” Huttleston, daughter of Henry H. Rogers, of Standard Oil fortune. The chimneys are pretty striking, and the lawn is great for yoga.

The mansions on Long Island Gold Coast are not as nicely kept as the ones at Rhode Island, where strong stream of tourists support.


Oct 15 2020

The little cottage 

The cute little cottage by the rectangle fountain, near the Coe Hall at the Planting Fields.