By Trish Minogue Collins

As I sit typing, the sky is grey with rain, but the blustery wind is swirling bright orange and red leaves across my window.

Here on Long Island, the splendour of autumn has been on brilliant display this past week.  Keats calls this season the “Close bosom friend of the maturing sun,” and it’s only natural that our Sun Chasers would feel compelled to capture its loveliness.

The Long Island Sun Chasers are usually known for capturing spectacular images along the shores of the ocean and bays surrounding our beautiful island, but the brief window when the maples and oaks are glowing with warm reds, oranges and gold has drawn many of them to the sylvan paths along rivers and lakes of our arboretums, parks, and wildlife refuges. We always seem to be impatient for the peak of color here, since it arrives later on the island than it does in surrounding areas. The peak is short-lived though, and autumn winds and rain will erase its beauty before you know it.

Hopefully, between raking and leaf-blowing, you can get out and enjoy some of these dazzling scenes yourself. Meanwhile enjoy the view through the lens of the Long Island Sun Chasers. As always, if you are interested in purchasing any of these images, we would be happy to put you in contact with the photographer.

The cover shot goes to Joe Colozzo, if you have a moment scroll through all four pages.

Trish Minogue Collins | Wertheim

Douglas Kelley

Adam Mordetsky | Bydenburgh Park

Fred Lingen | Caleb Smith State Park

Anita Regler | Wertheim NWR

John Randazzo

Kathleen Desiderio