Herb Wennerberg reminds everyone that the Open Door Empty Bowl Dinner is Thursday, May 8th, from 4 to 8pm at Cruiseport.
Herb submits this funny video from last year’s event, with footage of uninvited guest Homie, who not only eats someone else’s soup, he makes a terrible mess, and tries to take the pretty bowl with him! My goodness Homie, such bad manners!
Have you ever noticed what a weird name daffodil is? I had to look it up to make sure I spelled it right. It was affodil but the etymological merging from the Dutch article “de”, as in “De affodil”, and voila, a goofy name for the harbinger of summer.
THEYREVERSEDTHECALL!!! HELETTHEBALLDROP!!! OMG OMG OMG!!! Go Sox.
That Rubber Duck is too small. To get a gigantic Rubber Duck to our shores please “like” the Facebook Page, “Bring the Rubber Duck to Gloucester Harbor“. We need that page liked at least one hundred more times before we can submit a gigantic rubber duck request.
Although ubiquitous where ever we turn, I was curious about the several different species that are often observed fishing and feeding together at dawn. The flocks of seagulls that we see on Cape Ann at this time of year are typically comprised of two species and they are the Great Black-backed Gull and the Herring Gull. In the above photo taken at daybreak (click to view larger), you can see both species; the gulls with speckled feather patterns are first year fledglings of both the Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls.
Interestingly, early in the twentieth century, both species of gulls were mostly winter visitors, neither staying to breed when the weather warmed. The first pair of breeding Herring Gulls was discovered on Martha’s Vineyard in 1912. The first pair of breeding Great Black-backed Gulls was found in Salem in 1932.
The Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) is the larger of the two, up to 30,” with a black back and wings, yellow bill distinguished by a red dot on the bottom near the tip, and pinkish legs.
The Herring Gull (Larus argentus), at 25 inches, has gray wings tipped with black, gray back, white head, pinkish legs, and yellow bill also with a red dot on the bottom near the tip.
The Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) is also a regular visitor but according to Mass Audubon, it has never successfully bred in Massachusetts. The Ring-billed at first glance looks similar to the Herring Gull but is the smallest of the three at 17″ and is also easy to distinguish as it has yellow legs and a dark gray band near the tip of its bill.
This shot was taken from aboard the M/V Lady Jillian, Gloucester’s Harbor Water Shuttle and Tour. The water shuttle is a great way to get around and see Gloucester’s inner harbor for short money ($10 for adults, children 6-12 $5 and under 6 free). Hop on/Hop off all day (daily during the summer noon – 6:00pm; last depart at 5:00pm). Pick ups on the hour at Harbor Loop/Jacobs Landing, 15 minutes after the hour at St. Peter’s Landing, 30 minutes after the hour at Rocky Neck Art Colony and 45 minutes after the hour at Cripple Cove, Cruiseport and Head of the Harbor (on request). Leave your car and hop aboard the Lady Jillian for a nice tour and refreshing trip around Gloucester Harbor.
I think I figured it out. This has happened dozens of times. I lose track of Rubber Duck for a minute and the next thing I know she is perched onto another round shiny object.
Rubber Duck and Joey at GMG Mug-Up
Jamie at Stones Pub was describing how he was not really that sleep deprived even with one week old baby boy Cameron taking up some of his time lately and the next thing you know Rubber Duck has jumped off the bar.
Rubber Duck and Jamie at Stone’s Pub
So. Do you think Rubber Duck wants to be a mommy? I never got around to explaining the birds and the bees to RD and now I don’t know how to break it to her. Should I put out a call to Homie and get a nice seagull egg for Rubber Duck to sit on?
The above three photos are from Bob Cullen, and he writes:
The first I caption “Harbormaster Homie”, taken 8/23/08 at Harbor Cove.
The second I caption “Homies Breaking at Dawn”, taken 8/8/12, 15 minutes before sunrise, at Good Harbor Beach.
The third is my “Away from Homie”, taken 4/21/11 in Jensen Beach, Florida. I include it because it’s my favorite gull photo (it’s a Laughing Gull, summer plumage), and because it very much resembles the gull in the GMG logo (which I don’t think exists in Gloucester.)
John Wheeler writes, “Hi Kim, here’s my shot of “Homie” Land Security, keeping a watchful eye on the harbor.”
And the next two photos are courtesy of Marty Luster.
Thank you all for sharing your beautiful Homie photos!
This is the sunset last Friday night, while I waited for the blue moon to show itself… These colors are what came from the camera with no significant editing. It’s oversaturated somewhat, but pretty close to what I was seeing. I set my camera’s white balance to “incandescent bulb” to get these colors; on automatic or “sunlight”, it was making everything golden – pretty, but nowhere near the real colors.
I got up to the roof of the rectory early to wait for the sunset/moonrise, and the seagulls, which usually occupy our small roof, were NOT amused that I was usurping their prized vantage point for observing the world.
5PM edit: I came back an hour later and there was $4.85 in the cup. Should Rubber Duck consult a lawyer before we move to a more popular beach? The overhead is dirt cheap. A few breadcrumbs, maybe a fish rack or two.
I stole the concept for this idea from XKCD comics and forgot to atribute them. They are math nerds who make you laugh with equations and other science stuff. I usually wet my pants when I read them. The seagull one was just weird.