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Lacking the boardwalk, lost to October?s superstorm, a
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Reader photoshmxa15aLacking the boardwalk, lost to October’s superstorm, a young cyclist gets a lift with his wheels instead and makes footprints in the sand in Long Beach at the start of April.

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Picturing springtime

Spring officially began 3 1/2 weeks ago, but Long Islanders have been thinking about sunny skies and milder temperatures for longer than that. For the past several weeks, readers with a spring in their step — and their camera shutters — have photographed bird feedings, walks on the beach by man and his best friend, a seal at play, cactuses in bloom at Planting Fields Arboretum and the “little” boys of summer. Hello spring.