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)
The sidewalk path is plowed, and the oceanside parallel path is nearly completed. Gloucester DPW says they’ll “have 6-8 Bobcats with snowplows running all weekend–city’s and city contractors.” I’m sure there’s still much to happen and clear. Still, isn’t it amazing how many roads are spic and span, and that trash pick up was just one day held off?
Bomb cyclone: If you thought snow in Gloucester, UK, was bad, think about Gloucester, Massachusetts. They’ve got floods AND snow by Ed Stilliard http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk
“…Homes evacuated and without power, motorists abandoning cars in the snow and temperatures well below freezing. That Armageddon-sounding tone might sound like Gloucestershire under snow last week, but that is just a snap-shot of life in Gloucester, Massachusetts, right now…”
Thinking of those dealing with no power, evacuation and such destructive, icy flooding.
January 5, 2018 vs Storm January 4, 2018
Today here come the surfers
Rocks have clear icy layers and crunch pack, some pockets of drift
I’m following up on yesterday’s post, which was stopped midstream as we lost power. Scroll below for quick snaps and videos from my walk to Good Harbor Beach, Long Beach, and side streets.
GOOD HARBOR BEACH 1.4.18
About 2PM January 4, 2017 (high tide was several hours earlier)
Good Harbor Beach on sand looking out to Salt Island (from Good Harbor Beach Inn side of beach) Yes, the waves were rolling over the wall up to the homes but infrequently at this time. I don’t know what it was like at high tide.
(more Good Harbor Beach and Long beach below the break)
Pauline shares photo by Angela Howell Lane via FB. I’ve seen flooding here years past but not like that
2:15PM slush pond roads and closed by Witham and Thacher and Good Harbor Beach parking lot. Power outages this way.
GOOD HARBOR BEACH
Ocean is up on the deck outside the Good Harbor Beach Inn snack bar, though not to the street
There go the staircases
**Video coming when power-wifi back**
Blizzarding! I hope everyone is keeping warm and cozy indoors ❤
Ten Pound Island with Common Loons and Eiders
Off in the distance the waves were pounding Thacher Island in the storm’s aftermath.
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As the blizzard started, we walked over to the Emerson Inn for a special dinner (it’s always special there). I had the pan seared scallops with lentils and wine sauce. It was delicious, but because of what chemo has done to my taste buds, I ate sparingly. The leftovers will make great omelettes at home. It was nice to dress up. The place is not as formal as my outfit indicates.
Janet, my Valentine: She had the Rack of Lamb, rubbed with brown sugar and dijon mustard, served with a Port Wine reduction. She cleaned the plate with a simile on her face. Leftovers: 4 bare lamb bones.
I’d like talk about our snow, and spare you yet another snowy scenic photo, which you can see out the window or online. I took the ADA bus to work this morning, the first time I’d been out of the house since last Saturday, (2/7/15). On the ride, I noticed that from the intersection of Phillips Avenue and Granite Street in Rockport, to the traffic light at Route 128, only three small properties had shoveled their sidewalks. That’s a distance of over 3 miles, impassible. This is extremely dangerous for pedestrians, who are forced to walk in the street.
When people complain to me about snow related cabin fever, I explain to them how it affects me: After spending February and March of 2014 confined to a hospital bed, toughing out a blizzard or two isn’t difficult. At home I can walk around in the house, prepare food, read, nap, talk on the phone, shower in private, and putter around at will. Be thankful for what you’ve got.
Our feeder was especially popular this morning with the sparrows and cardinals. Four birds crowded the buffet at once. Bon Appetit!
Rubber Duck went for a swim yesterday on January 1. Today she was so excited about the snow so she went out to the rocks and started clapping.
It’s only 2 minutes and 25 seconds long. Pause it and let it load, crank the speakers, then let Rubber Duck rip.
Lisa Smith (L) w/ Andrew Love
Lisa Smith is a producer, director, editor, videographer, teacher, etc. at Cape Ann TV. Lisa and Andrew Love taught Robert Sherman, producer of the new Birding Show, everything he needed to know to get his project off the ground. Lisa also directs most of the Local Music Seen with Allen Estes shows that Vickie and I co-produce with Allen (see clips from some of those shows here) including the show featuring Boston rock star Charlie Farren that premieres tonight at 6:30pm (more about that show here).
It’s a great deal. For $20 a year, Lisa and Andrew will teach you everything you need to know about video production. Plus you get the use of their studio (where we tape Local Music Seen) and equipment. (We took their equipment on the road last year for Mardi Gras at Minglewood w/ Henri Smith & Charles Neville and then for the GHS Docksiders.)
Recently Lisa shot some blizzard video and put together a wonderful dreamy piece that just makes you feel OK about all the snow and grateful to live here. Check it out:
A time-lapse .gif file of shots from a window in the third floor of the rectory. To see some of the original frames larger, click on the image, which will take you to my Flickr set of photos from the storm.
– Fr. Matthew Green