Author Archives: Kim Smith

Steve Almond Writer’s Book Club Event at Duckworths

Stever Almond Duckworths ©kim Smith 2014Sunday evening’s Writer’s Book Club event featured best selling author Steve Almond and the sublime cuisine of Chef Ken Duckworth. Steve Almond is a gifted storyteller and wonderfully entertaining, as well as a superb moderator. He could teach any book and make it interesting!

SAteve Almond, Ken Duckworth, Chris Anderson ©Kim Smith 2014

Next month’s Writer’s Book Club event features Ken Duckworth moderating The Catcher in the Rye. This event will sell out quickly so purchase your tickets today.

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Cape Ann TV with Henry Cooper

Henry Cooper ©Kim Smith 2014A tremendous turnout today for Henry Cooper’s presentation on Adobe Premiere!

Marty Luster, James Eaves, Lisa Griffiths (That Nutty Redhead), John Grant, Kathy Chapman, and Charlie Caroll were just some of the guests attending Henry’s well-presented tutorial. Henry comes from a background of using Final Cut, Avid, and Adobe, which made his take especially informative and interesting on the (mostly) pros of using Adobe Premiere.

I’d love to hear from our readers on their experience with different editing programs, and why they chose the system they most frequently work with.

Cape Ann TV ©Kim Smith 2014Lisa Smith, Wally, Lisa Griffiths, and John Grant

Motif No. 1 Day from Henry Cooper

Pollinator Gardening Tip: Deadheading

Tufted titmouse Baeolophus bicolor ©Kim Smith 2014Tufted titmouse ~ Baeolophus bicolor

In my garden design practice, the topic of deadheading flowers comes up often, especially at this time of year. The habitat garden is designed for people and for pollinators and the objective is to find a balance between the two. Esthetically speaking, to some, a garden only looks its best when every plant is tidily trimmed and every spent flower blossom removed. But to a hungry bird on the wing, an expiring sunflower or cosmos is bird food. Some plants should be deadheaded and pruned however, the next time you get a jones to neaten a plant, take a moment to look at it from the perspective of a songbird.

Black-capped Chicakdee Poecile articapillus ©Kim Smith 2014

Black-capped Chicakdee ~  Poecile articapillus

I like a bit of unruliness in the garden and don’t even deadhead cosmos any longer. They will continue to flower whether deadheaded or not. A few weeks ago while working with several of our wonderful HarborWalk volunteers, I was explaining what plants to deadhead and what plants not to deadhead, and why, when at the very moment that I was speaking those very words, three brilliant cadmium yellow goldfinches flew on the scene and began devouring the seed heads of a nearby coneflower!

American Goldfinch male Cosmos bipinatus ©Kim Smith 2014

American Goldfinch Eating Cosmos Seeds

And too, a batch of Echinacea not only provides mid-winter sustenance to hungry birds, the seed heads sure look pretty silhouetted by new fallen snow.

Coneflowers in the snow ©Kim Smith 2012Gloucester HarborWalk

Breaking News: The Lobster Pool Restaurant HAS BEEN SOLD and is Only Open for Two More Weekends with Myalisa and Company

Lobster pool Restaurant-rockport-sunset-©Kim Smith 2012Open for two more weekends only, this weekend and next. We’re going to miss you Lisa and Family! Best wishes in all your future endeavors!

lobster-pool-restaurant rockport ©Kim Smith 2012

The Lobster Pool is open for lunch and for dinner Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 8pm and Sunday 11:30 to 7pm. Their last day is October 26th.

Call (978) 546-7808 for more information.

Reminder: the Lobster Pool is BYOB.

See previous GMG post here.

lobster-pool-rockport-panorama sunset ©Kim Smith 2012

 

 

 

Report Monarch Sightings Here!

Monarch Butterfly Gloucester MA ©Kim Smith 2014More Monarch sightings reported on Cape Ann by GMG readers over the past several days, October 14th and 15th!

Monarchs640Maggis Rosa submits this photo from The Scientist Magazine, which was their Image of the Day and was shot by Luna Sin Estrellas at El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, where the butterflies are arriving earlier than usual and in greater numbers than last year.

photo (2)To the reader who sent the above photo, I unfortunately accidentally deleted the email. Please forgive and please let us know your name and where the photo was taken. Thank you!

Ed Note: Nancy Dudley writes, “The photo in the post w/o a caption was at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. We are seeing a couple a day this week. Thanks! I am looking for the milkweed seeds I got from you to plant in my marsh soon!”

Monarchs on the Wing ©Kim Smith 2014The Monarchs are back! Cape Ann GMG FOBs are continuing to report their Monarch sightings.

After taking a break during the rain of last week (butterfly’s wings don’t work very well in foul weather), the Monarchs are again moving through our region. Check the comment section to see all the recent sightings in our community. The above photo was taken yesterday, Monday, October 6th on Eastern Point. The photo below was shot last week, before the rain’s onset.

Monarch in flight ©Kim Smith 2014Monarch in Mid-Flight and New England Asters

Tip ~ This morning I ran into my friend Maggie and her husband who had just rescued a Monarch from the middle of the road. Butterfly wings don’t work very well in cool temperatures. If you find a Monarch in a seemingly quiet and weakened state, it could quite possibly simply be cold. Place the butterfly in a sheltered and sunny spot and it may very well revive!

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In 1975, in Angangueo, at the time when the butterflies winter grounds were first located by Mexican citizen Catalina Aguado and her American husband Ken Brugger, they not only discovered billions roosting on the limbs of the oyamel fir trees but also millions quietly at rest on the forest floor. Thinking that the butterflies were dead, some members of the discovery group brought the butterflies back to their homes. Later in the day, after the butterfly’s flight muscles had warmed, they awoke and began to fly. Today at the butterfly biosphere reserves it is against the rules to pick up or touch a sleeping butterfly.

Monarch Butterfly Nectaring Joe Pye ©Kim Smith 2012Joe-pye Weed (Eupatorium)

In Sunday’s podcast (September 21st), Joey made the super suggestion to create a place where GMG readers can report their Monarch butterfly sightings. I’ll repost this post every night for the next week or so. Please report any sightings to the comment section of this post, that way we can keep all sightings in one collective spot. You can send in a photo capture if you’d like, too.

Today as I was leaving our home, around noon time, I spotted a Monarch in our garden in East Gloucester. Let us know what you see. Thank you!

Monarch Butterfly Eastern Point Gloucester ©kim Smith 2012

 

That Nutty Redhead is Going Places!

52e023c288499e38ed518ad47d011b14_largeThat dynamo Nutty Redhead is every where! See Lisa’s latest video here: That Nutty Redhead Kickstarter Update, today’s issue of The Gloucester Daily TimesGetting Nutty,” this coming Saturday at the Rockport Harvest Festival, and this winter, she will be featured in the holiday issue of Edible Boston. Am I leaving anything off this multi-talented woman’s long list of recent accomplishments? Oh, yes, she also has an award winning show on Cape Ann TV, “All Things Victorian” (I am looking forward to watching the upcoming Victorian baking episode!)

Lisa is another friend who we are going to be saying, “We knew her when!”

Please help a truly dynamic up and coming local business woman grow her business. Read more and click here to donate to Lisa’s Kickstarter campaign!

7b3654f66ec079ed4f756c0dde77118e_largeMouthwatering, all natural, praline gourmet nut blends.

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Video: Hawk Attacks Drone

If the weather cooperates we are going to be filming with a drone all around the shoreline of Eastern Point this coming week, capturing Cape Ann from the perspective of a Monarch butterfly’s migratory path.

With so many seen along our local beaches, I hope a hawk attack doesn’t happen to us!

Cape Ann TV Lunch and Learn Event: Getting Started with Adobe Premiere Taught by Henry Cooper

Cape Ann TV Announces It’s Next Lunch & Learn Event
Getting Started with Adobe Premiere

Adobe Premiere Basics taught by Cape Ann TV’s Henry Cooper

 

(Gloucester, MA)– Cape Ann TV (www.capeanntv.org), a regional non-profit local access television station that serves all of Cape Ann, is pleased to announce the next learning experience in the popular “Lunch & Learn” series –Getting Started with Abode Premiere to be held on October 21, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at Cape Ann TV (38 Blackburn Center, Gloucester MA 01930).

“The question of which editing platform to use is a common one,” said Erich Archer, Executive Director of Cape Ann TV. “Adobe Premiere has been generating a tremendous amount of interest recently and it’s time we open the hood and take a look.”

Here to guide us through the basics is Henry Cooper. Henry has a Graduate Certificate in Digital Video from Northeastern University and has worked as a Production Assistant with Rockport Music for 3 years.  He has a wonderful and informative presentation to help us navigate through getting started with Adobe Premiere.

About Cape Ann TV: Cape Ann TV is a non-profit, member-based organization dedicated to the Cape Ann Community. Cape Ann TV is an important community resource that gives everyone a voice. We strive to produce programming and educational content for the community, by the community.

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RSVP to: rtober@capeanntv.org
This event will fill up fast!

Lunch to be provided.

A NEW THRILLER FROM TOM HAUCK: AVITA DOESN’T LOVE YOU

The first to be published in my husband Tom Hauck’s Kevin Lone thriller series. Avita Doesn’t Love You is available as an eBook from Whiskey Creek Press (only 3.99!) and you can read a sample chapter Here.

Avita Doesn't Love You_Thomas HauckAvita Doesn’t Love You from Whiskey Creek Press

Lone and his allies – including the brave Jessica Kenney, who seeks to avenge her father’s murder – tell how they must infiltrate and defeat the cancerous North Korean spy ring masquerading as a peace-loving religious cult. But Avita, the secretive leader of the cult, will go to any length to ensure that her deadly mission is accomplished. The fast-moving plot is complicated by a mysterious activist who has threatened to set off a bomb in Washington, D.C. The suspense builds to a shattering climax when Lone must confront Avita and her deadly accomplices. 

To read an excerpt and purchase a copy click HERE

Daybreak Death Wish

Kitesurfing Kiteboarding Good Harbor Beach Gloucester -2 ©Kim Smith 2014Also known as kitesurfing.

Kitesurfing Kiteboarding Good Harbor Beach Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014

Look at what I came upon last Tuesday morning while filming the wildlife at the footbridge end of Good Harbor Beach. The kitesurfing appeared death defying, particularly from where I was standing far down the beach; one kitesurfer especially seemed precariously close to Salt Island. 

I would have loved to stay and continue photographing the three beautiful aerial/marine acrobats but I had been filming until the last possible moment and had to hurry off to work. The action that I did catch a glimpse of was simply stunning.

Kitesurfing Kiteboarding Good Harbor Beach Gloucester -3 ©Kim Smith 2014

Kitesurfing Kiteboarding Good Harbor Beach Gloucester -4 ©Kim Smith 2014 J.PG

Airborne ~ Click image to view larger

Note to Kitesurfers: Next time you are planning to kitesurf at dawn please contact me at kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com. I would love to photograph and film your next adventure, from beginning to end. Thank you!

Several more photos here:

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