Monthly Archives: January 2018

BREAKING: MR. SWAN RESCUE UPDATE -By Kim Smith

Angel Swan Sleeping

Thanks to Lyn Fonzo, Dan Harris, Skip Munroe, Skip Hadden, Duncan, Stephanie, Lillian, a bunch more Eastern Point residents, Steve Monell and a pair of “angel” swans, our Mr. Swan has flown off the ice at Niles Pond. As Lyn shared earlier, two Mute Swans flew to Niles Pond, precisely to the same spot where Mr. Swan was resting. They must have been very tired because the mysterious swans immediately closed their eyes and took a nap while Mr. Swan watched over the pair. He eventually dozed off, too. After a long rest, all three departed the Pond, circling around and then heading over Brace Cove towards Rockport. Mr. Swan had some difficulty but perhaps encouraged by the presence of companions, he successfully took off.

Cape Ann residents please be on the look out for the three swans!

Without Dan and Lyn’s overnight vigilance against a coyote attack, our daybreak watch, and the angel swans I think it unlikely Mr. Swan would have survived this latest escapade. Our most heartfelt thanks to all who are keeping good watch over Mr. Swan and friends.

Notice the angel swans have black eyes. A friend asked if they could be Mr. Swan’s offspring. Possibly, but most likely not. Mr. Swan has blue eyes, which is not typically seen in these parts.

Mr. Swan is the tiny lump on the ice toward the left. We don’t want to see you at Niles Mr. Swan until the Pond thaws!

SNEAK PEAK BEAUTIFUL ART HAVEN ARTIST’S BUOYS PREVIEW AT CHARLES GALLERY -By Kim Smith

Jeff Weaver Buoy

Last night the opening for the fabulous show featuring the Art Haven Lobster Trap Tree Artist’s Buoys was held at the Charles Fine Arts Gallery. The buoys are painted by some of Cape Ann’s finest artists and are displayed either with works of art by the artist or with paintings that correspond in some way to the buoy.

The buoys are on display through the weekend of 20th-21st and people can call the gallery to place bids. Charles Fine Arts Gallery is located at 196 Main Street, Gloucester, and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1pm to 6pm, or by appointment (978-559-7762).

The Cape Ann Art Haven Lobster Trap Tree awesome fun family buoy auction event is Friday, January 26th, from 5pm to 8pm at Crusieport. 

Little houseboat in the great frozen salt marsh #Gloucester MA

A photo journal after the storm documenting and comparing a few iconic and sweeping Gloucester vistas on January 7, 2018, when all was white ice frozen, and again after the Great Thaw on January 13 2018.

Gloucester Motif- the house boat in view just before the turn off at Nichols

Little house boat in the great frozen salt marsh - Gloucester MA January 7 2018 three days after historic winter storm © c ryan_095245

 

The Little House boat in the great frozen salt marsh reminded me of a mash up of two of Virginia Lee Burton’s children’s picture books inspired by Gloucester — Little House and Katy and the Big Snow. Here’s the little floating houseboat after the thaw at low tide January 13, 2018.

Little house boat in the great salt marsh - Gloucester MA January 13 2018 after thaw from historic winter storm © c ryan__133100

At high tide earlier in the day, January 13

Little house boat in the great salt marsh - Gloucester MA January 13 2018 after thaw from historic winter storm © c ryan__072700.jpg

Good Harbor Beach drive by three days after the storm

 

Good Harbor Beach salt marsh drive by one week after the storm and great thaw

 

Below the read more break: additional winter comparison photos (icebergs on the marsh by Lobster Land, Good Harbor Beach parking lot, Good Harbor Beach salt marsh, Stoney Cove pier at Little River & Annisquam River)

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MR. SWAN RESCUE UPDATE AND A PAIR OF MYSTERIOUS SWANS ARRIVE AT NILES POND!! BY KIM SMITH

Yesterday at mid-morning Mr. Swan flew to Niles Pond. This is an unfortunate occurrence as Niles Pond is frozen.

When temperatures plummeted in December, Mr. Swan moved to one of his favorite winter territories, Rockport Harbor and the adjacent coastline, where the salt water rarely freezes. My theory is that the January thaw we experienced over the past several days drew him to freshwater Niles Pond and I imagine, he expected to find a thawed pond. This is only a theory, but in trying to think like a swan and understand why he would be so uncharacteristically foolish, it is my best assumption.

Maneuvering on ice can be extremely difficult. In order to take off for flight, swans run a short distance on top of the water. Trying to gain the traction needed on ice may be nearly impossible.

After spending a good part of the day in the center of the pond, I coaxed him over to the edge where there was a patch of open water. He ate a little bit of corn, although not nearly as much as usual. He appeared to enjoy the freshwater but then at dusk, he half flew-half ran back to the center of the pond.

Extremely concerned about coyotes, Mr. Swan’s caretakers Lyn and Dan checked on him throughout the night. I took the dawn shift and found him alert and preening. He made several attempts to walk, but then would plop down and tuck his head under his wing to sleep and to keep warm. Eastern Point residents Duncan and Stephanie, and ice boat sailor Steven, offered to help while Lyn, Skip Munroe, Lois, and I conferred on the phone. We decided the best plan of action would be to capture him and return him to Rockport Harbor. At 9am Skip and Dan determined that the ice was okay to walk upon. They fearlessly walked onto the pond and at one point Lyn followed with blankets. After first attempting to capture him, they then herded him over near Skip Hadden’s dock. Skip, Skip, and Dan again tried to capture him. He’s a very smart swan, wily and wild, and after several unsuccessful attempts, we decided to not tire him out and try to feed him, and help him as much as he would allow, from Lyn’s little beach.

Mr. Swan at sunrise and trying to negotiate the ice.

Shortly after, and unbelievably, A PAIR OF TRAVELING SWANS flew into Niles, near Lyn’s beach, next to Mr. Swan. At the moment, while writing this post, all three are sleeping peaceably together in a little group!

Newly Arrived Swans!

Corralling Mr. Swan

Mr. Swan’s keepers were out this morning trying to corral him back into open water.   It seems the recent short thaw was enough to lure him back to the frozen pond.   This morning’s efforts were not successful, but it’s hopeful that his natural instincts will send him back where he belongs!DSC_9914-Edit

Open Door Stopping and Shopping

At the podcast last week, we promised Joey we would take his donation over to the Open Door food pantry.  We decided to combine that with some donations of our own after stopping and shopping at Stop and Shop.

GMG Jimmy driving the shopping cart for a change.  Not searching for owls or seals.

“Do you have your Stop and Shop card?”

 Kersten graciously accepted the donations from Joe and Jimmy

New Year Illumination Retreat

Cape Ann Wellness

Join North Shore Restorative Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Healing in letting us introduce you to your true self…. for a special day of retreat to rejuvenate and clarify your 2018 New Year Intentions.
Prepare to Pamper yourself on this special day to merge and ground your New Year intentions through yoga, ayurveda, mini massage, reiki and vision boards where mind-body and heart meets lifestyle tools that will manifest your wildest dreams for 2018.
To bring your dreams to life, we will begin with a crystal sound meditation led by Katie Schroeder and Wyndee Egan to illuminate your intention. Then use your body and breath during a slow flow yoga session led by Katie Schroeder to express and harmonize your purpose. Break for a nourishing lunch with time to illuminate your intentions on paper. An interactive Ayurvedic interactive discussion with food and oil sampling with Ayurveda Wellness Healing will help you…

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