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Saturday, November 16, 2013 is for lighthouses

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Eastern Point Lighthouse, current structure built 1890

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Thacher Island Twin Lights, current structures built 1861

nb. Click photos to embiggen. The Twin Lights show the flaw of shooting with a tiny lens in the iPhone 5. I can straighten the horizon but the towers are leaning towards each other. Larger cameras, more glass in the lens, and shooting with the camera straight on and not pointing up can eliminate most of this convergence. Last ditch there is always Photoshop to straighten out structures leaning in.

Surf City USA ~ Gloucester, Massachusetts?

Gloucester Surf City ©Kim Smith 2013Gloucester’s Good Harbor Beach Surfers at Daybreak in Autumn

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Gloucester Surf City  -3©Kim Smith 2013.

I often see the surfers arriving en mass at daybreak and then departing around 8:30–I imagine heading off to work. What a terrific way to start the work day! For the daily New England surf forecast, visit New England Surf.

Gloucester Surf City -4  ©Kim Smith 2013.

Gloucester Surf City -2 ©Kim Smith 2013.Good Harbor Beach

 

Cape Ann Seagulls

Great Black-back & Herring Gulls Massachusetts ©Kim Smith 2013Although 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.

Great Black-back & Herring Gulls in flight  ©Kim Smith 2013.

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.

Great Black-back & Herring Gulls Massachusetts in flight ©Kim Smith 2013.

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.

Great Black-back & Herring Gulls MassachusettsTwin Lights ©Kim Smith 2013Twins!

2-25-13 Good Harbor before the Full Moon

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Also known as Cape Ann Light Station, these twin lights are the only surviving multiple lights on the coasts of the United States. The original 45-foot towers were constructed and lit in 1789—making them among the oldest of America’s lighthouses. The stout 124 foot granite towers seen today replaced the original lights in 1861. The two towers were constructed so that when a ship sites on both towers, they point to true north—allowing sailors to check and adjust their compasses.

White light flashing five times at 20 second intervals.

Thacher Island is located about a mile offshore of Rockport. The island may be viewed from several locations in Rockport and from the Bass Rocks (Atlantic Road) in Gloucester. The Thacher Island Association provides boat service to the island for members of the Association. Kayaking is another popular way to visit the island.

For more history, click here.

Joe Scamardella Twin Lights Photo

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Joey,
Attached is my photo of the Twin Lights … perhaps you and your readers
may be interested other local photos on my site at
http://www.ironseaphotography.com
I’ve been photographing Gloucester/Rockport area for about 5 years; I
live west of Boston but I do manage to get to Gloucester quite often.
I like the way GMG ties together the spirit and creativity of the
community, and I appreciate all the hard work of you and your
contributors.
Regards,
Joe Scamardella

Where’s the moon going to rise? From John Wheeler

John writes-

Joey,

It was nice to meet you tonight. Here is the web site I was telling you about.

Has you can see in the attached picture, I knew when, and where to be to get the moon between the towers. Knowing the time of the moon-rise ,and sun-set helps with the exposure of the Twin Lights. I’m still working on my settings, so I don’t over expose the moon, or under expose the rest of the shot.

I hope the other photographers find this has cool to use has I do.

The other picture is something I found on my way across the rocks, off Penzance Rd. in Rockport. I was told it is where the earth split millions of years ago, and filled in with molten lava.

http://photoephemeris.com/

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Twin Lights Soda Logo T Shirts Exclusive At Alexandra’s Bread

If you were born in Gloucester you remember Twin Lights Soda.  You remember those heavy glass soda bottles and you remember the crates that they used to put the heavy glass bottles into.  You remember the different cool flavors like birch beer, and cream soda.

Well Alexandra’s Bread exclusively carries Twin Light T Shirts.  She had them made up with permission from the bottler.  For a little bit of nostalgia, cruise on down to Alexandra’s Bread, grab a cobble or six and check out all teh cool stuff on the walls for sale.

Click here for a story on Twin Lights Bottling from The Salem Evening News

Twin Lights Postcards at Alexandra’s Bread

Alexandra being a fan of all things Twin Lights had these cool Twin Lights Postcards made up.  They are for sale at Alexandra’s Bread for  a meager 75 cents.  That’s short money Homie!  I’m thinking about buying a couple and framing them up for a cool piece of local art.

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