I decided to start the new year off right, so I headed down to the beach at Robert Moses State Park on Jan. 1 where I stood outside and did 2 plein air paintings of the snow on the dunes. The temperatures were really mild so I hiked to the lighthouse, took a break, and then wandered further down the road as far as Kismet, a beach community on Fire Island. I've never walked past the lighthouse before so this was a new adventure for 2011. I'm sure it looks different in the summer than it does under snow. I'll definitely have to walk back in warmer weather.