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Boy Meets Seal From Bill O’Connor

Hi Joey,

I was fortunate enough to witness this encounter that a boy had with a baby seal in Wonson Cove today.  I’m not sure who had the bigger smile when it was over, but they were both very happy!  The kayaking he is using is a fantastic boat for small kids and a great value! Check out our write up about them here: http://northshorekid.com/story/lifetime-wave-kayaks-are-great-starters

Enjoy!
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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Nice Flotsam! From Bill O’Connor

Hi Joey,

This floated into the cove (the tube is sealed) and it seems like an expensive piece of something.  It’s made of stainless and I was thinking it might be a stern ladder.  Can you post the photo to see if anybody lost it overboard?  The wind was blowing from the SW when it floated in so it could be from Cohasset for all I know. If this is yours contact me through the comments…

Enjoy!
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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Double Rainbow fades to Bright Single Rainbow From Bill O’Connor

Hi Joey,

After the storms rolled through tonight (June 22, 2012), a double rainbow  formed over Hawthorne Point that was only partially visible from my perspective.  The cool thing about it was that as the double faded, the single inner rainbow became brighter and brighter – it seemed like the color from the outer rainbow amplified the inner one!

Enjoy!
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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Barred Owlet at Ravenswood From Bill O’Connor

Hi Joey,

We had a nice walk through Ravenswood Park this past Sunday, and even though it was pretty wet, we still had a great time!  We were fortunate enough to see the barred owlet perched on the edge of the tree he temporarily calls home. When I scoped the trees with my telephoto lens, I saw the mother owl in the next tree over keeping a close watch!  In the wider shot, you can see the mother blurred in the background near the left edge of the photo, and the owlet on the right edge.

Ramona Latham, Ravenswood’s Program Director,  seems to think he’s getting ready to spread his wings!  When he does, he’ll leave the nest and head deeper into the woods.

Enjoy!
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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Thomas Laighton on the Rails From Bill O’Connor

Hi Joey,

The Thomas Laighton was on the rails the other day and I was fortunate to be around to take this shot.  She’s owned by the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company out of Portsmouth, NH.  Apparently she is a replica of a victorian steamship and is named after the Thomas Laighton, a native of Portsmouth who was known as a politician, writer and businessman who left it all behind to live on the Isle of Shoals, first as the lighthouse keeper on White Island, then as a hotelier and land owner having bought up the other islands: Hog, Smuttynose and Cedar, and is remembered as the the ‘King’ of the Isles.

Enjoy!

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Ravenswood Woodpecker From Bill O’Connor

Hi Joey,

My son and I took a walk through The Trustees of Reservations’ Ravenswood Park today and we came across this woodpecker that was eating the snow.  I thought it was pretty funny because I’ve never seen this behavior from a bird, but it makes better sense than having to fly to the nearest water supply to have a drink!

Enjoy!
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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Rare Bird Sighting Bird In Danger- from Bill O’Connor

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Hey Joey,

On New Year’s Eve I was headed over to Horizon Chinese Restaurant to pick up our New Year’s Eve feast, when I came across this bird literally standing in the middle of the road.  I almost ran it over, and couldn’t tell what it was at first – I thought it was road debris.  I stopped the car and got out to check what it was, and when I saw the feet it kind of freaked me out a little bit.  This bird did not flinch a bit even though it was fully lit with high beams and fog lights from my car which was only a few feet away, so I figured it was sleeping.  I snapped a couple of photos of it with my iPhone, then I nudged it with my toe a couple of times before it woke with a startle and scurried off.  

The bird’s behavior was pretty strange so I submitted it to the Mass Audubon and they determined it was a rare sighting for this area, and the bird was a young Purple Gallinule that hatched in 2011.  The one I saw looked like this: http://tgreybirds.com/PurpleGallinule5.jpg  When they are full grown they look like this: http://tgreybirds.com/PurpleGallinule1.jpg

There’s a lot of concern for the well being of this animal because it’s not equipped to survive the cold of the North, so if you see it around – report it to the Mass Audubon at mass_audubon@massaudubon.org ASAP.

Enjoy,
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

Washington Street’s Savour Fire Photos From Bill O’Connor

Bill writes-

Hi Joey,

Last night when I went out side, I could smell fire.  The wind was blowing from the North so I knew something was up downtown.  I drove over to the Paint Factory and from my point of view it looked like there was a building burning in the fort.  I took some shots and headed over to town, and was surprised to learn that the fire was burning at the Savour Wine and Cheese shop on Washington Street.

There was a lot of activity, with a huge response from neighboring communities.  I saw engines and personnel from Rockport, Beverly and Manchester in addition to Gloucester.

The fire was still burning when I got there and the wind was blowing pretty hard, fanning the fire and making it difficult for the crews fighting it. Apparently the fire started at Savour, then jumped to the building next door because of the wind.  The Street would be clear of smoke, then a slight change in the direction of the wind would create a thick blanket of smoke – making it hard to see (and take photos).

Thankfully nobody was hurt, but Savour was totaled from what I could see.  Anyhow, I thought I would share the photos I took.

North Shore Kid

Natural Selection at Work

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Bill O’Connor Writes-

Hi Joe,

Here’s a photo of two near winners of the Darwin Award from yesterday’s storm.  This was a few minutes before high tide at Good Harbor Beach.  Obviously, their need for attention far outweighed the value of the life of the person who was going to pull them out of the water if the undertow had taken them. Just a reminder to all the parents out there – make sure you teach your kids that it’s never a good idea to enter the surf in a storm surging tide during a Hurricane! The ocean is a powerful force and you should never taunt it like this.

Thanks,
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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and here’s my Photo from 5:05 PM the Day of Hurricane Irene-

I was shocked that there were people bodysurfing and could not believe the stupidity.

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One Man’s Junk….

Hey Joe,

I’ve noticed this floating around Cripple Cove since February or March and finally had a chance to check it out.  It’s actually tethered in the cove.  I thought it was a wonderful re-use of the flotsam floating around and wanted to pass it along to share.  Somebody made this, and I applaud their creativity and effort.  

Enjoy,
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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Getting wet is an essential sailing skill! From Bill O’Connor

Hey Joe,

Just as the sailing program 420s got to the outer harbor today, the wind started blowing really hard from the South/South West.  What would have been a nice evening sailing, suddenly turned into capsize practice!  I think they had four boats turned over at one time, with at least two that were completely turtled.  The kids righted those boats pretty quickly considering the conditions, and it looked like everybody got out of there in one piece.  Sometimes the fun of sailing is the time you spend in the drink…

Enjoy,
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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Inside Our Lady of Good Voyage Church From Bill O’Connor

Hey Joe,

I was passing Our Lady of Good Voyage Church on Friday and saw the door open, so I thought I would have a look inside.  I haven’t been in there for quite some time, and as soon as I walked through the door there was the strong residual odor of frankincense, which instantly made it feel comfortable and familiar. I have vivid memories of how the altar boys would swing the incense burner (the thurible or censer) as they walked down the aisle. On the last steps out they would make it do a full loop over their heads, and Father Alves would smile [with consternation].

I had forgotten about the rich fishing ties that the church had to the community until I saw the décor inside again.  Notice the model ships on the wall between the stations of the cross and along the choir balcony.  I think the swag under the boats on the balcony is actually fishing net!

Enjoy!
~Bill O’Connor
North Shore Kid

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