The storm swirled in late yesterday afternoon. I was on the way home from filming at Good Harbor Beach and stopped at Pirate’s Lane to watch it sweep across the Harbor. Kayaks were hurling through the air, boats racing pell mell to shore, great gusts whistling, bells clanging, and it was over before it began! The after storm glow and cloud formations were exquisite.
Happy Summer Storm Drama! (As long as everyone is safely on shore)
Beauport Princess and Greasy Pole
Last night’s spectacular fireworks display was preceded by a glorious twilight. After photographing the parade, I met my husband at the Beauport for a fabulous al fresco dinner of fresh, locally sourced fish and veggies. The deck was filled to capacity with expectant firework’s viewers yet despite that, our meals were delicious and the service exceptional. Marly was our waitress and although it was her first night on the job, she is top notch. Colleen was the hostess. Many may recall what a sweet and welcoming person she is from her years at the Studio and Rudder. It was a treat to see Colleen at the Beauport!
The sky changed from golden violet to violet pink within seconds and it was fun to see all the boats jockeying into position for firework’s viewing.
Schooner Lannon and the Greasy Pole
Pinky Schooner Ardelle and Ten Pound Island from the Beauport Hotel Deck
Schooner Thomas E. Lannon
Beauport Hotel’s very helpful and friendly concierges Emily Jermyn and Chris Horack
Captain Heath Ellis of the schooner Thomas E. Lannon and Michael O’Leary’s Celtic Music provided a great sail into a beautiful sunset and moon rise of the June Strawberry moon.
Dominic Nesta and his unmistakeable fishing boat ‘Tide Skipper’ coming home Friday night, with the Fort in the background. I think the pilot house on the small book gives it a very interesting, unique look, making it always easy to identify whenever seen in the Harbor.
Plum Street East Gloucester
Note to gardeners: Are you having problems with winter moths? Trees in the Rose Family (Rosaceae), cherry trees, plum trees, peach trees, and apple trees, for example, are especially devastated by the larval stage of these voracious eaters. There is no perfect solution. The worst thing to do is to spray your trees with chemical pesticides and herbicides because that will kill the good insects (bees, butterflies, and other beneficials) and not fully destroy the bad.
After blooming, spray horticultural oil on the branches, foliage, and trunk. This won’t totally wipe out the winter moths (nothing does), but it will act as a deterrent. Apply the horticultural oil about once every month or two, through January, as the adult moths deposit their eggs in the chinks of bark during the winter months.
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Gloucester City Skyline with Rocky Neck
Don’t you love when sunsets go from orange to violet?
How Color is Created in Bird Feathers will continue tomorrow. So sorry, but was a very long work day today. It’s so interesting though and I can’t wait to get back to writing. Did you know that the study of feathers is called Plumology? I’ll have time to finish tonight. In the meantime, here are several of last night’s snapshots from a walk at sunset on the Annisquam meadow, heading to Lighthouse Beach. It was a beauty, especially with the bevy of Robins doing their robin-hop-thing while feasting in the grass in the softening sunlight. Spring really and truly has arrived!
Easter Sunset Gloucester Harbor.
Last night’s saturated sunset from East Gloucester was arresting, becoming even more so after the sun set. The colors on the water momentarily reflected the voluptuous hues of the twilight sky, when very quickly the horizon turned glowing coral-pink-peach before extinguishing itself in purple.
The violet-orange on the water’s glass-like surface in the foreground looked as though it had been applied by paint.
Gloucester’s Unitarian Universalist Church beautiful steeple
Cape Pond Ice Gloucester Sunset
Gloucester Harbor City Hall Sunset
Gloucester Harbor Sunset Smiths Cove
Sunset from several nights ago, Bell House, Niles Beach
The sun sets over Waring Field and the Rockport Golf Club to close out a pretty lovely weekend.
With the frigid front moving in, last night’s sunset from Niles Beach revealed a crystal clear view to the Boston skyline. The warm hues in the photo are deceptive; a biting wind was whipping about. Peach met violet in the low hanging clouds and I thought the whole scene looked like a modern impressionist’s painting.
Boston Skyline from Niles Beach
While freezing, it was too pretty to not stop at Good Harbor Beach last night to snap this photo. There was something about the juxtaposition of the snow and the sand at sunset that made us sit for a longer while than planned.
I’d rather it be July, but pretty nonetheless.