Tag Archives: Smith’s Cove

Eric Lorden Spotted This White Whale??? In Smith’s Cove Yesterday

He said he heard it breathe when it lifted it’s back out of the water and it’s back came up about 6 or 7 times within 15 minutes or so.  The skin was smooth and it was pure white, the whole animal.

What he saw was the back hump come out of the water and then the tail and the tail was split like two points.  Can anyone ID what it could have been???

A beluga perhaps?

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Updated, a second confirmation from Amy Beaudet:

My father-in-law also saw it yesterday by the paint factory. He said it was a beluga whale. He’ll probably give more details later.

It Must Be Spring

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The Gloucester Gig Rowers enjoying a cruise around Smiths Cove this beautiful morning with Gannet and Annie B.

The Gloucester Gig Rowers started in 1985, when a group of Cape Ann women approached boat builder Larry Dahlmer and asked him to build them a boat inspired by the pilot gigs of Southwest England. The result was the Siren Song — a 29’, plywood-construction gig. The original group of women remained active until the early 1990s, when other interests and events intervened.

At this point, Siren Song spent some time in dry dock, then was loaned to rowing programs at the Hull Life Saving Museum (Massachusetts) and in Kittery, Maine.

In the spring of 2001, Siren Song returned to Gloucester. Ann Banks organized a new group and created a program within the newly-formed Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center. In 2004, a second boat was commissioned by the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center (now Maritime Gloucester) and built by Dave Condino.  Launched in the spring of 2007, the Gannet is built to the standards of a traditional Cornish pilot gig.

Over the winter-spring of 2012, a new gig was commissioned to be built at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.  This newest gig, named the Annie B in honor of Ann Banks, has been at their dock since summer 2013.

E.J. Lefavour

So Who Is the Mystery Winter Sailor?

so is it gordon baird

I haven’t been able to catch him facing in my direction while out on his daily sails in the arctic wind and cold around Smiths Cove.  Some believe it is Gordon Baird.  Inquiring minds want to know.  Is this Gordon Baird, or if not, who is it?

If it is Gordon, his Crazy Moon production is back at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Thursday, 1/30- Sunday, 2/9.

http://goodmorninggloucester.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/hes-back-save-the-dates-130-29/

E.J. Lefavour

A Badelynge of Buffleheads

badelynge of buffleheads

OK technically it is a raft or paddling of buffleheads since they are in the water, but I just couldn’t pass up using badelynge (pronounced bad-ling), which refers a group of ducks on land.  Buffleheads are my favorite little sea duck, and I have the pleasure of regularly seeing this group on Smiths Cove from my window.

Buffleheads have evolved their small size in order to fit into the nesting cavity of their “metabiotic” host, the Northern Flicker.  Due to their small size, they are highly active, diving almost continuously.  They do not tend to collect in large flocks; but are usually limited to small rafts.  One duck will serve as a sentry, watching for predators as the others in the group dive in search of food.  Buffleheads are among the last waterfowl to leave their breeding grounds and one of the world’s most punctual migrants, arriving on their wintering grounds within a narrow margin of time each year.  Buffleheads are monogamous, and the females return to the same breeding site, year after year.  (adapted from Wikipedia)

E.J. Lefavour

Olive Kitteridge Filming in East Gloucester

Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries   -1 ©Kim Smith 2013. copyOlive Kitteridge, the HBO miniseries, was filming at the North Shore Art Association yesterday.

Olive Kitteridge, the book, is a collection of short stories written by Elizabeth Stout, and is set in the town of Crosby, Maine. Olive Kitteridge was the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction.

Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries ©Kim Smith 2013Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries   -2 ©Kim Smith 2013.Is that Adam Bolonsky in the red sweatshirt?

Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries   -4©Kim Smith 2013.

Early that same morning I had taken Rosie for her morning walk. The sunlight streaming sideways through the fog shrouded trees was gorgeous and our hood had a new look for the day; the North Shore Art Association had become Crosby Lyons Club and the parking lot was filled with vintage cars from the 1970s and 1980s .

Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries   -3 ©Kim Smith 2013.

Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries   -6 ©Kim Smith 2013.Olive Kitteridge HBO miniseries   -5 ©Kim Smith 2013.Smiths Cove Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center ©Kim Smith 2013View from Smith’s Cove toward the Maritime Heritage Center

Chasing Rainbows (and Storm Clouds)

The beautiful double rainbow that Bill and Paul captured late Saturday afternoon had faded, but I did see this on my way home.

Rainbow over Bass Rocks

The sky was so gorgeous I next stopped at Smith’s Cove to catch the end of the setting sun. The hues quickly changed from vivid yellow-orange to orange-violet-pink.

Smith’s Cove East Gloucester

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