For the first day of summer, Newsday's reporters, photographers and multimedia journalists chronicled what a day on Long Island looks like.

From western Nassau to Montauk, we captured the sights, sounds and stories that helped paint a mosaic of the day’s experiences. 

People walk along Windmill Beach near the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor on Wednesday. Credit: Gordon M. Grant

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Sundown at Jones Beach in Wantagh on Wednesday.

Sundown at Jones Beach in Wantagh on Wednesday. Credit: Morgan Campbell

Alex Smith plays the tenor saxophone during a jam session with...

Alex Smith plays the tenor saxophone during a jam session with the Brandon Rivas Quartet at the Jazz Loft in Stony Brook on Wednesday. Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Seniors pose for pictures on the beach during cocktail hour...

Seniors pose for pictures on the beach during cocktail hour at the Floral Park Memorial High school senior prom,Wednesday evening at the Crescent Beach Club in Bayville. Credit: Danielle Silverman

Dr. Ellen Leonardt, medical director at Animal General of East...

Dr. Ellen Leonardt, medical director at Animal General of East Norwich, right, and Arielle Tejada, vet tech, examine four ducklings who were surrendered to Humane Long Island on Wednesday in East Norwich. The ducklings were hatched at Hopscotch Montessori School in Manhattan. (The school was told they'd be chicks.) The school's two campuses have since vowed to stop treating baby birds as science experiments. Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

Terri Carr Muran, board member of Humane Long Island, feeds...

Terri Carr Muran, board member of Humane Long Island, feeds a young peacock named Chickpea a banana in the backyard of her animal foster home Wednesday in Brookville. Chickpea, who was rescued as a baby after being abandoned in Brooklyn, is one of several peafowl up for adoption through Humane Long Island. Terri reminds the public that the adage adopt don't shop applies to all animals, peafowl included. Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

Jocelyn Torres and her husband Jose Sanchez welcomed their daughter...

Jocelyn Torres and her husband Jose Sanchez welcomed their daughter Hanna at Good Samaritan University Hospital on Wednesday.  Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Shawn Haynes, owner of Strong Island Produce in Wyandanch, unloads...

Shawn Haynes, owner of Strong Island Produce in Wyandanch, unloads watermelons, directly from a Georgia farm, from the back of his truck in Wyandanch on Wednesday. Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Meghan Becker, 20, of Lancaster, Pa., a horticulture intern currently...

Meghan Becker, 20, of Lancaster, Pa., a horticulture intern currently living at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay, helps weed the perrennial border along the park's rose arbor on Wednesday. Credit: Danielle Silverman

A man reads a book as he sits on the...

A man reads a book as he sits on the sand at Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk on Wednesday. Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett.

Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett. Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Yvonne Drain, 59, takes part in a Zumba class at...

Yvonne Drain, 59, takes part in a Zumba class at the Town of Hempstead Senior Center in Merrick on Wednesday.  Credit: Linda Rosier

Isabella Ruiz, 6, of Bay Shore, plays on a slide at Belmont State Park in West Babylon on Wednesday.  Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Charmaine Scott, 62, of Huntington, and Bob Schwartzman, 72, of...

Charmaine Scott, 62, of Huntington, and Bob Schwartzman, 72, of Syosset, play Pickle Ball at Sweet Hollow Park in Melville, on Wednesday afternoon. Credit: Danielle Silverman

Day in the life of Long Island at Belmont State...

Day in the life of Long Island at Belmont State Park, Wednesday June 21, 2023. 6 year-old Isabella Ruiz of Bay Shore with her grandpa Won Han. Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Third grader Fallon Reilly, 8, competes in the tug-of-war competition during...

Third grader Fallon Reilly, 8, competes in the tug-of-war competition during field day at the Sag Harbor Elementary School on Wednesday. Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Lukas Gebel, 5, of East Patchogue, left, and his brother, Sebastian, watch the sharks in the Shark Habitat at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead, on Wednesday. Despite their fearsome appearance, the sharks in this habitat are not aggressive toward humans unless they are provoked. Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

Emelia Guichay, 5, from Manorville, plays in the sand at...

Emelia Guichay, 5, from Manorville, plays in the sand at Windmill Beach, as seen through the window of the Sag Harbor Windmill, near the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, June 21, 2023. Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Judge Howard Sturim, left, reaches over Barney, his seven-year-old Irish...

Judge Howard Sturim, left, reaches over Barney, his seven-year-old Irish doodle, to hand paperwork to Matt Connolly, right, a court attorney, on Wednesday in Mineola, NY. Barney’s amazing nose not only assists the judge, but also helped to alert a Nassau attorney appearing in Judge Sturim’s court that his blood sugar was dangerously low, averting a medical emergency. Credit: David Handschuh

Students jump rope during field day at the Sag Harbor Elementary School in Sag Harbor on Wednesday. Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Mechanic Brandon Joyce, of Mastic Beach, works on a car...

Mechanic Brandon Joyce, of Mastic Beach, works on a car at Anchor Auto and Truck Repair on Neighborhood Road in Mastic Beach on Wednesday. Credit: Tom Lambui

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Commuters board a westbound LIRR train from Island Park on...

Commuters board a westbound LIRR train from Island Park on Wednesday. Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Long Beach resident Kevin Watts reads a book, something he says he does every morning, while sitting along West Park Avenue in Long Beach on Wednesday. Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

A westbound Long Island Rail Road train leaves Long Beach,...

A westbound Long Island Rail Road train leaves Long Beach, crossing the Wreck Lead Channel, on Wednesday morning. Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Family Court Judges Mary Porter, left and Rosamaria Abbate chat...

Family Court Judges Mary Porter, left and Rosamaria Abbate chat at the Cohalan Court Complex in Central Islip, on Wednesday. Porter puts on her robe before taking the bench. Credit: David Handschuh

Traffic moves in both directions on the Southern State Parkway...

Traffic moves in both directions on the Southern State Parkway near Exit 22 during rush hour on Wednesday. Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Horse trainer Edmund Pringle gives a morning bath to A Lister at Belmont Park in Elmont Wednesday. Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

Ira Haspel, farmer and owner of KK's The Farm in...

Ira Haspel, farmer and owner of KK's The Farm in Southold, harvesting snap peas on Wednesday.  Credit: Randee Daddona

Tyler, of Ridge, walks Banks, a 1-year-old sheepadoodle, on Wednesday.

Tyler, of Ridge, walks Banks, a 1-year-old sheepadoodle, on Wednesday. Credit: Tom Lambui

Fishing in Mattituck Inlet in Mattituck on Wednesday, including Joel and his mom, Juanita. Credit: Randee Daddona

The Long Island Rail Road at the Long Beach station just before sunrise on Wednesday. Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

The sunrise from Wading River Beach on Wednesday, the first day...

The sunrise from Wading River Beach on Wednesday, the first day of summer. Credit: Tom Lambui

Commuters at the Mineola LIRR station early Wednesday.

Commuters at the Mineola LIRR station early Wednesday. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Erick Hernandez makes bagels at Bagel Boss Wednesday morning in Hicksville.

Erick Hernandez makes bagels at Bagel Boss Wednesday morning in Hicksville. Credit: Howard Schnapp

The sun rises in Montauk, Wading River and in Babylon at Robert Moses State Park, where people from several local yoga studios, including Soul Yoga of Huntington, and Funky Om, participate in Kirtan. Meanwhile, commuters ride the LIRR as it passes through the station in Mineola. Credits: Kevin P. Coughlin; Tom Lambui; James Carbone; Howard Schnapp

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