Summer Leavin'

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There's a slight chill in the air now. The lazy, hazy, hot days of summer are officially behind us today, as the calendar marks the start of fall. But there's no harm in reminiscing about summer 2013, and there were definitely moments to remember. -- Tracy M. Brown, LI Life editor

WEST BABYLON. A tranquil lake view and empty

reader photosVicki JauronWEST BABYLON. A tranquil lake view and empty bench beckon at Belmont Lake State Park in a photo by Vicki Jauron of Babylon.

PORT JEFFERSON. In the dog days, Zach Adams

reader photosZach AdamsPORT JEFFERSON. In the dog days, Zach Adams says of his photo, pal Ruca is always ready for a breeze on the road.

OCEANSIDE. How big is that cucuzza squash? Lianna

reader photosDiane GiganteOCEANSIDE. How big is that cucuzza squash? Lianna Gigante, 2, of Oceanside, checks as grandma, Diane Gigante, takes the measure of both while little fingers also pop in a taste of tomato from grandpa’s garden.

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LINDENHURST. Miguel Angelo Javier, 2, enjoys the water

reader photosAlbert XavierLINDENHURST. Miguel Angelo Javier, 2, enjoys the water at Venetian Shores Spray Park this month and smiles “ahhh” for a photo by his dad, Albert Javier of Brightwaters.

MONTAUK. Hawke Blum, 8, of Manhattan and “Uncle

reader photosGus FafaliosMONTAUK. Hawke Blum, 8, of Manhattan and “Uncle Dougy” Schildhaus of Massapequa Park show off the striped bass they caught aboard Capt. Mark Marose’s boat as recorded by friend Gus Fafalios of Southampton.

ROCKVILLE CENTRE. A hammock gets cousins together for

reader photosGretchen BrowneROCKVILLE CENTRE. A hammock gets cousins together for a picture by grandma, Gretchen Browne: left, back to front, Jerry Browne, 6, of South Orange, N.J., Bridget O’Connor, 2, of Brooklyn, Mary Browne, 2, of South Orange, Deirdre Browne, 5, of South Orange; right, back to front, Agnes Browne, 2, of Rockville Centre, Joseph Browne, 5, of Rockville Centre, and Liam O’Connor, 4, of Brooklyn.

LONG BEACH. Alexis Rothweiler, 15 months, pretends and

reader photosPatricia RothweilerLONG BEACH. Alexis Rothweiler, 15 months, pretends and poses for her mom, Patricia Rothweiler of Island Park, while playing at Magnolia Park.

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