Time to take those milestone photos -- for holiday cards, year's end, an impending wedding or a looming baby. Long Island's public parks and landmarks are brimming with glorious backdrops. We asked readers to share their favorite spots for photo ops.
Massapequa, near Bethpage Bikeway
THE SHOT Scenic water views and late-season foliage abound along the popular bike path.
SUBMITTED BY Ivan Zubin of Woodbury with his son Matt, 23.
Ivan Zubin writes: It was a beautiful fall Sunday, October 11, 2015. I asked my son Matt, 23, if he wouldn't mind taking a bike ride from Bethpage Park to Sunrise Highway. He said yes, and we rode to this lake, I think it is in Massapequa by the train tracks. We went around the lake and rode home. It was a picture perfect day between a dad and his son.
Argyle Park, Babylon
THE SHOT Go anywhere by the water or stand on the bank of steps by the stately white railings overlooking the waterfalls. Great for large groups.
SUBMITTED BY Tonya Simpson of Babylon took this photo of her children, Jazmyne, 12, Xavier, 1, and Quentin, 8.
THE SHOT The Long Island landmark lends several versions of photo-ops shot up close or from afar. This one's taken on a swing at Montauk Point State Park.
SUBMITTED BY Gregg Geller of Huntington got this shot of his children Emily, 11, and Aiden, 9.
Brookhaven State Park, Shoreham
THE SHOT Anna Acker of Shoreham says this park off the William Floyd Parkway is the "perfect place for family photos." There are open fields, wooded trails and snippets of water views.
SUBMITTED BY Acker took this picture of her daughter Natalie, 11, at Brookhaven State Park in Shoreham off the William Floyd Parkway. "Perfect place for family photos."
Setauket Fire Ring, Old Field
THE SHOT The original fire ring was used to alert people when fires broke out in the village of Old Field. It's on Old Field Road near the intersection with Mount Grey Road.
SUBMITTED BY Jennie Eckhaus-Katz of Holtsville took this photo of her daughter Avrie Eckhaus-Katz, 4, sitting on the Setauket Fire Ring. The original fire ring was used to alert people when fires broke out in the Village of Old Field. It is on Old Field Road near the intersection with Mount Grey Road.
Long Beach Boardwalk
THE SHOT If you're not on the newly reconstructed walkway, try the entrance ramps for some visual interest.
SUBMITTED BY Ashley Ferrante of Long Beach took this shot of her friend Nicole Menzzasalma's 3-year old son, Jack Preble. "I choose Long Beach because it has a beautiful clean beach with a peaceful ocean."
Cascade Lakes, Brightwaters
THE SHOT The village's scenic lakes near Montauk Highway are lovely and picturesque.
SUBMITTED BY Sean Mills of Smithtown took this photo of his friends Jen and Sean Diskin, of Greenlawn. It's Jen's 36th week of being pregnant. The photo was taken in a park on Cascade Lake, in Brightwaters. Brightwaters is a small village sandwiched between Bayshore and West Islip. There is very little parking in the village, so the park has to be accessed by foot.
The Big Duck, Flanders
THE SHOT The oversize icon of Long Island's deep history of duck farming is a roadside attraction year-round. It gets festive trimming for the holiday season.
SUBMITTED BY Susan Lorenz of Yaphank took this picture of her granddaughter, Jessica Aronson, 4, ringing in the season at the Big Duck in Flanders.
Henry Leuthardt Farm, East Moriches
THE SHOT Kids traipsing among the growing trees in the field here -- or at any tree farm -- is a fresh idea for a holiday card shoot.
SUBMITTED BY Chrissy Ekhardt-Loomis of Manorville took this photo of her children Owen Loomis, 7, and Sadie Loomis, 3, at Henry Leuthardt Farm in East Moriches. "We like to take our Christmas photo when we get our tree, at a Christmas tree farm."
Old Westbury Gardens
THE SHOT The grand Gold Coast estate has photo-ops at every turn. Try the South Terrace of Westbury House with the hemlock hedge in the background. Or pose at the top of the stairs under the giant beech tree with the view of the West Lake in the background.
SUBMITTED BY Linda Karlin of Valley Stream took this photo of Deanna Melluso and David Bishop at Old Westbury Gardens.