What goes up must come down! 

David Brooks and friends taking down the buoys from our beloved Lobster Trap Christmas Tree.  

I have to say that it would not be an exaggeration to say that thousands of photos were taken of the tree this year. People would just drive up, get out of their cars, take a picture and drive away. I met several from Europe taking them. Being able to walk inside has really made a difference it seems.

Don’t forget the auction of the boeys on January 27 at the Cruiseport!

Great job David and company!  Can’t wait till next year!  Well, in between it is going to be nice to have a great summer….

Ken Hecht 

Steam in the Snow

It’s a bitter cold weekend up here in North Conway…-6 when I got up this morning, but it has warmed up to a balmy 10 degrees!  Doesn’t matter what the weather is, it’s always a great day when you can be outside, whether it be skiing, snowshoeing or just hanging out with my camera!    These pics I’m sharing today are taken a couple years ago and I chose to share them because if you love trains or just love photo ops, each year the Mass Railroad puts on a “Steam in the Snow” at the Conway Scenic Railroad in North Conway, NH.    It’s a ride through Crawford Notch and the train stops at a few spots along the way, everyone gets off, then it backs up and comes through with full steam so everyone can get some great pics!   The steam engine is under repair right now but it’s supposed to be ready for next year so if you are interested, check back in with the Mass Railroad and the Conway Scenic Railroad towards the end of next summer because it sells out fast.   Stay warm today!!untitled-3085-of-321-edit-edit-2untitled-3287-of-321_hdr-edit

Do you like Football? You’ll dig Yoga.

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Yoga is just like football. Well, except for the fact that one of the very first tenets of yoga is Non-Violence (ahimsa), and football is an extremely violent game – yoga is just like football.

Tom Brady is one of the most successful athletes of all time in any sport. He knows that success isn’t decided on Sunday: but in the days, weeks, months, and years leading up to game time. One of my football coaches used to say:

“Cry in the dojo;

Laugh on the battlefield.”

He’s the first player at the training facility in the morning. You hear in the way he answers questions at press conferences his singular focus of preparing himself for the next game. His diet doesn’t consist of Nachos and Jack and Cokes, but wholesome and nourishing food. He isn’t staying up until midnight watching old movies, he’s asleep in bed well before most of…

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Two for One Thursdays

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This winter, every Thursday at Pigeon Cove Tavern enjoy two entrées for the price of one for you and a friend! Please print and bring your coupon on Thursday to receive the deal:



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These aquamarine-eyed beauties were very nearly made extinct from the use of the pesticide DDT and from hunting. DDT wreaked havoc on avian creatures nationwide and since its ban, the Double-crested Cormorant has made an extraordinary recovery, so much so, that some communities spend a great deal of time and expense planning how to kill, or cull, these remarkable birds. Read here for a very thoughtful article on the topic, “To Kill a Cormorant.”double-crested-cormorant-rockport-harbor-massachusetts-3-copyright-kim-smithdouble-crested-cormorant-rockport-harbor-massachusetts-2-copyright-kim-smithdouble-crested-cormorant-rockport-harbor-massachusetts-copyright-kim-smith

doublec-crested-cormorants-rockport-harborPair of Juvenile Double-crested Cormorants at Rockport Harbor

double-crested-cormorants-massing-essex-river-1-copyright-kim-smithDouble-crested Cormorants massing at the mouth of the Essex River in late summer



800px-double-crested_cormorant_during_breeding_seasonThe Double-crested Cormorant get its common name from the double tufts of feathers seen on both male and females, showing only during breeding season. The crests can be white, black, or a combination of both. Photo courtesy wiki.


Cape Ann TV Lunch & Learn Series: “Deep Diving Into Your Camera’s Menu”

Cape Ann TV Lunch & Learn Series: “Deep Diving Into Your Camera’s Menu”

Cape Ann TV’s Lunch & Learn Series continues on Thursday January 19, 2016
at 12pm with Professional Video Producer, Ted Reed.

Now that the holidays are behind us, it’s time to start on that New Year’s
resolution to do more video! In support of that, our next Lunch and Learn
at Cape Ann TV will concentrate on getting the most out of your video
camera with something you already have—its menu of controls.

Even the most basic camcorders have ways of adjusting exposure, focus and
color manually, so whether you just got a new camera, or want to find out
more about one you’ve had for a while, bring it in at noontime on Thursday
January 19 to Cape Ann TV’s latest Lunch and Learn workshop. Emmy
award-winning director Ted Reed will answer your questions and give you a
head start at shooting the videos you’ve always wanted to make.

Promo Video Here: https://youtu.be/ZAxPPcwuNXY

Space is limited for this event; please RSVP to rtober@capeanntv.org to
reserve your spot.


Mayor Sefatia write’s, “BIG shout out to Anthony Caturano and Tonno staff for the December ‘Sauce Cookoff: Gravy vs. Sugo’ charity event. We proudly raised $10,000.00 for local cancer patients and supporting services. Today, we delivered a check for $7,500.00 to Addison Gilbert Hospital Oncology, which will directly support their patients. The other $2,500.00 was previously given to different families in time for the Holidays.❤️


Meet Emily. She’s Pretty Cool.

So this seems like a pretty fantastic idea.  Maybe especially on a boat so that one person can stay in control of the boat/ship if another is to go overboard.  Also, if effective, a great way to execute a rescue without putting more lives in jeopardy.

Read more about it HERE



Photos from an early morning walk all around Rockport Harbor (sub0zero walk I should add). My technique for photographing when it’s 10 degrees out is to snap away until my fingers can’t stand it any more, run back to the car, which has been left running, warm up, and then try again. Repeat in ten to fifteen minute intervals. I have the utmost respect for the fishermen; I don’t understand how they can work on the water when the air temperature is so cold.

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Double-crested cormorant-juvenile-sleeping-rockport-harbor-copyright-kim-smithOne of a sleeping pair of juvenile Double-crested Cormorants

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