A number of friends have been texting and emailing that they are seeing a swan all along the Annisquam. I suspected that it was Mr. Swan as I have seem him on the Annisquam, near the bridge and Cape Ann Marina after he lost his second mate. It would be swan-logical that he would head over to the Annisquam in search of open, fresh water because both Henry’s and Niles ponds are still frozen.
Thanks to Craig Kimberley, who texted a swan sighting in real time, I was able to get a closeup of the swan, and YES, it is Mr. Swan that many of our readers are seeing. Mr. Swan’s bill is uniquely marked and he has beautiful blue eyes, which is unusual for most Mute Swans seen in these parts. In the closeup photo above it is difficult to tell his eyes are blue. It’s much easier to notice when his eyes reflect sunlight, but trust me, if it were a black-eyed swan, you would not be able to distinguish the iris at all.
Thanks so much to Craig, Brianne, and facebook friends for sharing your Mr. Swan sightings, so very much appreciated 🙂
Craig Kimberley iPhone photo from this morning.
The Annisquam River stretches from Annisquam Harbor on the north to Gloucester Harbor on south.
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
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.
At high tide earlier in the day, January 13
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)
While driving around on Sunday, even the Annisquam River near the Footbridge totally frozen
Took this from the Annisquam Footbridge on Tuesday, it looked so peaceful
From the Goose Cove causeway, looking toward the Annisquam River. Click image to view larger.
I absolutely love taking a slow trip down the Annisquam River. It never gets old. I started to wonder the other day how many people who live on “the island” have maybe never enjoyed the same scenic boat ride. Some day soon I’ll use the GoPro and make a video, but in the meantime, here are some of my favorite homes, etc.
With the full Sturgeon Moon low tide, many from Wingaersheek Beach walked out onto the sand bar to catch the sunset Sunday evening.
This peaceful cove is facing north towards Pearce Island on the Annisquam River, just waiting to bloom.
Trenel Cove is where a ferry went between Gloucester Island and the mainland. Ferry Street, off of Washington Street, goes there. Today, the Route 128 A. Piatt Andrew Bridge crosses the Annisquam from the hill just behind Trenel Cove. Clammers still pull up their skiffs onto the beach at the head of the cove. This Trenel Cove photo is going to hang in…..Trenel Cove!
The first video is of Good Harbor Beach and the salt marsh:
The second video is of the Annisquam River from the cut bridge to the MBTA bridge and beyond:
The photos are available here
View of The Annisquam River From The Riverview Rd. Shoreline
Sawyer Free Library Art Auction
“Stranded On The Annisquam”
Oil on Panel
There’s some Great Artwork at The Sawyer Free Library that’s up for Auction all through the Month of September. You can get a great deal on some awesome paintings and drawings from some of Cape Ann’s Famous Artists.
The Silent Auction will take place throughout the month of September in the Matz Gallery. The Live Vocal Auction will be held on October 5, 2011 at 7 pm. A Preview Party at 6 pm will precede the auction.
Foggy Day For It Photo Elinor Teele-
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and her other works here-
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