Posted by: Debra Kolkka | September 24, 2013

A big white duck and a lighthouse

In March I went to Long Island, New York to visit my son. On one lovely, cold winter day we went for a drive to the end of the island.

We were quite surprised to find a large…5.5 metres wide, 9.1 metres long and 5.1 metres high…white duck beside the road in Flanders.

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It was built in 1930/31 in Riverhead, Long Island and moved to Flanders near the barns and marshes of a duck farm where it was used to sell ducks and eggs. There were once about 90 duck farms in the area. Now it is a souvenir shop selling very cute duck items. I doubt that you will leave without at least one.

A little further on, at the most easterly point of Long Island, we came to the Montauk Point Lighthouse. It sits magnificently on Turtle Point. It was the very first lighthouse built in New York State and is the 4th oldest active lighthouse in USA.

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Construction was authorized by the Second United States Congress under President George Washington on April 1792. Building began on June 7, 1796 and was completed November 5th of the same year. The light flashes every 5 seconds and can be seen a distance of 17 nautical miles.

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The area is beautiful, even in winter.

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I would love to go back in the summer, when the trees are looking gorgeous and the towns spring to  life.

www.bigduck.org

www.montauklighthouse.com


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  1. Beautiful color palette…white and gray…wintery. I love the ocean in the wintertime. I gotta ask: which is bigger? The goose or the lighthouse?

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    • The lighthouse is bigger, but the duck makes a good effort.

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  2. Nice story telling.. and great blogsite! w/ amazing photos too!!! 🙂

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  3. Wow the duck is beautiful.
    Ranu

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  4. Nice. I love lighthouses.

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    • I do too. It wasn’t open the day we were there, which is a pity.

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  5. Lighthouses have a kind of magic…

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  6. Yes, the beach can be beautiful, even in the winter. And, goodness, that is one BIG DUCK!

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

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    • The beach was very desolate the day we visited, but it was still beautiful.

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  7. that is a very ugly duck

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    • How can you say that Paul??? I think he is lovely.

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  8. I absolutely love winter landscapes and I really like the architecture in that part of the world. Love the duck – you couldn’t ever pass it without smiling could you.

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    • Long Island is very beautiful at any time of the year.

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  9. Oh I do love lighthouses! There’s something that draws me to them! 😀

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  10. What a lovely place to visit – it looks so inviting!

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  11. Well at long last we will be spending a few days in the Hampton’s in the Fall so will also have some gorgeous photos from another season of this fabulous area. x

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