Living in a coastal community as do we here on Cape Ann, the weather plays a formidable role in our everyday lives. I consider each day to be uniquely beautiful, although with a storm approaching that has been given the name “Bomb Cyclone,” the word beauty may not be the first word that comes to mind tomorrow morning.
Yesterday morning as the full Wolf Moon was setting, the sun rose clear and brilliantly on the icy rafts forming at Smiths Cove, sea smoke swirled around Ten Pound Island Lighthouse, and the Harbor was rough with whitecaps.
Today the sun rose over the backshore through a bank of low lying clouds shading the light in hues of violet, red, orange, and yellow and this thought was on my mind, ‘red in the morning, sailor heed warning.’ Fishermen were shoring up their boats, house builders furiously hammering, and the grocery stores were as mobbed as the day before Thanksgiving.
See you on the other side of the storm. Please stay safe and warm ❤
Backshore January 2, 2018
Stopping to take a photo at daybreak of a molting Great Blue Heron and this happened!
Goose Cove Sunrise
Red Sky Sunrise Niles Pond
Red sky in the morning,
sailor take warning.
Red sky at night,
This old saying has a scientific explanation and you can read about it here on the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory website.
Not the prettiest of sunsets, though not bad for a chilly January first morning. Initially it looked to be a bust, but the clouds parted a bit and the sun shone brightly through. Happy New Year wishes. I hope the coming year brings you much love, joy, happiness, and peace ❤
Sunrise sequence January 1, 2017
The sunrise on Wednesday with red sky and red reflections on the ocean was incredible. Another reason we love living here.
Good Morning Gloucester
Sun Rise light on the waves
Today’s daybreak scenes
Sleepy Sanderling in the morning light
Mystery brown gull. Possibly a juvenile Herring Gull however, its legs legs, feet, and head are unusually dark if that is the case. If you have a clue, please comment. Thank you!
Our neighbor Richie Arnold’s wildflower patch
Bedazzled by a single morning’s sunrise–every shade all at once–from hues of rose-violet-blue giving way to fiery bands of red-yellow-orange. I can’t decide which I like best, you choose 🙂
Today’s Good Harbor Beach sunrise
From Long Wharf at the Jones River Salt Marsh
My grandmother was fond of saying “the early bird catches the worm.” I assumed she said that because I adored getting up early to eat breakfast with my grandfather before he left for work. In a large family with siblings and cousins, I had him all to myself in those day break hours. Having developed a passion and love for wild creatures and wild places, I understand better what she meant. She and my grandfather built a summer home for their family in a beautiful, natural seashore setting and both she and my parents packed our home with books and magazines about nature. Now I see her design…
Wednesday morning at day break, beautiful scene, beautiful creatures by the sea’s edge
Song Sparrow breakfast
American Robin fledgling, note its speckled breast feathers
Mockingbird feeding its fledgling
Song Sparrow and Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) flowers and fruit
Good morning Gloucester, brought to you by Good Harbor Beach!
Good Harbor Beach misty morning sunrise.
Scenes from this morning’s Good Harbor Beach sunrise.
Pink and violet hues when I arrived at 5:15 quickly gave way to reds and yellow, and then the looming gray mass of clouds overtook the sky.
Beauty abounds–from the grandest skies to the smallest creatures–that’s life at the edge of the sea.
This fearless little Song Sparrow ate breakfast at my feet
Kildeer trying her hardest to distract me from her nest
Brace Cove sunrise photo from a morning earlier this week, taken while filming B-roll around Niles Pond. Spectacular colors!
Two Sisters from China Visiting Gloucester
Surfer from Rocky Neck with a Gloucester Smile
Photos from around Eastern Point early morning walks. Happy Earth Day!
Two Male Red-Breasted Mergansers Sunning on a Rock
Black-crowned Night Heron ~ One of a nesting pair possibly?
Male Red-winged Blackbird Love Song (turn up your volume)
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The other half of night herons often spotted near each other
Needle in a Haystack! ~ Looking for Black-crowned Night Herons
Northern Rough-winged Swallows (I think)