One hour on Shelter Island in the fall


“We remember Joey” at the Kissing Rock. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

One of my favorite things to do when guest editing on Shelter Island is to take some time and drive as much of the Island as I can, taking in the sights.

On Monday, I took a “lunch break” exploring for an hour with my camera in hand, attempting to capture as much of the beauty as I could.

It was an unseasonably warm day, which made the quiet of an autumn weekday feel particularly eerie. Not a soul was spotted at the area beaches. Many of the restaurants were closed.

It was a slow day, a lonely one. And it was beautiful.

Below are the scenes I captured.


Local beekeeper Alfred Brigham’s honey stand on Smith Street. (Credit: Grant Parpan)


Perhaps this is why it’s called Rocky Point Avenue? (Credit: Grant Parpan)


A stop along the Ram Island Causeway. (Credit: Grant Parpan)


A lone boat floats near the Ram’s Head Inn. (Credit: Grant Parpan)


A sea gull flies at the end of South Menantic Road. (Credit: Grant Parpan)


One of Hap Bowditch’s sculptures at the corner of Smith Street and Midway. (Credit: Grant Parpan)