This 3-image panorama was taken at Stepping Stone Park in the town of Great Neck on Long Island. It is the last photo I will take from this place.
Stepping Stone Park is a 'private' park that (apparently) may only be used by local residents. My wife and I are not local residents, but we have been going to the park regularly (a 30-minute drive) for the past 8 months because it is one of the few places not too far from our home where we can enjoy wonderful views like this.
During the winter, the park is deserted and you can simply walk in. During the summer, however, you have to show your 'permit' at the gate. If you don't have a permit, the only way you can enter is by asking someone with a permit to take you in as a guest. We tried this a few times last summer, but no one would oblige us.
Long Island is 118 miles (190 km) long. Its northern coastline is rugged and offers some exceptional views over the Sound towards mainland New York and Connecticut. Unfortunately, most of the coastline is privately owned by people who live in massive mansions and is therefore inaccessible.
Today, I spoke to a lady called Dorina (I was given her name and number by a person who works at the park) to ask if we could have permission to take photos of Long Island Sound from the park for just 15 minutes once or twice a week in the evenings. She refused.
It's situations like this that make me want to get back to Europe a soon as possible.
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