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Guardians of the Wharf from the M/V Lady Gillian

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This shot was taken from aboard the M/V Lady Jillian, Gloucester’s Harbor Water Shuttle and Tour.  The water shuttle is a great way to get around and see Gloucester’s inner harbor for short money ($10 for adults, children 6-12 $5 and under 6 free).  Hop on/Hop off all day (daily during the summer noon – 6:00pm; last depart at 5:00pm).  Pick ups on the hour at Harbor Loop/Jacobs Landing, 15 minutes after the hour at St. Peter’s Landing, 30 minutes after the hour at Rocky Neck Art Colony and 45 minutes after the hour at Cripple Cove, Cruiseport and Head of the Harbor (on request).   Leave your car and hop aboard the Lady Jillian for a nice tour and refreshing trip around Gloucester Harbor. 

E.J. Lefavour

Does Rubber Duck Want to be a Mommy?

I think I figured it out. This has happened dozens of times. I lose track of Rubber Duck for a minute and the next thing I know she is perched onto another  round shiny object.

Rubber Duck and Joey at GMG Mug-Up

Rubber Duck and Joey at GMG Mug-Up

Jamie at Stones Pub was describing how he was not really that sleep deprived even with one week old baby boy Cameron taking up some of his time lately and the next thing you know Rubber Duck has jumped off the bar.


Rubber Duck and Jamie at Stone’s Pub

So. Do you think Rubber Duck wants to be a mommy? I never got around to explaining the birds and the bees to RD and now I don’t know how to break it to her. Should I put out a call to Homie and get a nice seagull egg for Rubber Duck to sit on?

More Beautiful Gloucester Gull Photos from Charlie, Bob, John, and Marty


This is my post, got it?

A flock of gulls at sunrise.Laughing Gull (summer plumage) at Dolphin Bar, Jensen BeachThe above three photos are from Bob Cullen, and he writes:

The first I caption “Harbormaster Homie”, taken 8/23/08 at Harbor Cove.
The second I caption “Homies Breaking at Dawn”, taken 8/8/12, 15 minutes before sunrise, at Good Harbor Beach.
The third is my “Away from Homie”, taken 4/21/11 in Jensen Beach, Florida. I include it because it’s my favorite gull photo (it’s a Laughing Gull, summer plumage), and because it very much resembles the gull in the GMG logo (which I don’t think exists in Gloucester.)
John Wheeler writes, “Hi Kim, here’s my shot of “Homie” Land Security,  keeping a watchful eye on the harbor.”
And the next two photos are courtesy of Marty Luster.
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Thank you all for sharing your beautiful Homie photos!

Beautiful Gloucester Gulls from Donna, Sharon, Mark, Len, Ann, David, and Nicole

WOW!! Thank you for sharing your Gorgeous Homie photos!!!

A second batch of new photos will be posted on Saturday. photo


The above photo comes from Mark Lombard and the below photo, of seagulls in the snow, is from Donna Ardizonni.

©Donna Ardizonni




As Ann Kennedy says, ” photos from a Gulliver (Gull-lover).” Ann’s photos are not strictly Gloucester Homies–though all are beautiful and included nonetheless.IMG_0218IMG_0163P1020594P1090298P1090299


The above photo was taken by David Parsons. David writes, “This was taken on the Yankee Clipper. We were Pollock fishing Dec. 2011.”

And from Nicole, “Homies on the Hood!”



Posted in the order in which they appeared in my inbox.

Gloucester Seagull Photo Request

Do you have a favorite photo of Homie(s)? We would love to share. Send photos to kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com and I’ll post here.

Please submit average size photos, roughly 8 x 10; please no enormous files. Don’t forget to watermark your photo. Looking forward to seeing everyone’s submissions!

Good Harbor Beach Seagulls ©KIm Smith 2013

Good Harbor Beach Seagulls

All We Are Is Ducks in the Wind …

These go together. Crank the sound to eleven on the video while Rubber Duck and the Homies are on screen. Don’t worry, it will all make sense.homiesgalore

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

This is the sunset last Friday night, while I waited for the blue moon to show itself… These colors are what came from the camera with no significant editing. It’s oversaturated somewhat, but pretty close to what I was seeing.  I set my camera’s white balance to “incandescent bulb” to get these colors; on automatic or “sunlight”, it was making everything golden – pretty, but nowhere near the real colors.

I got up to the roof of the rectory early to wait for the sunset/moonrise, and the seagulls, which usually occupy our small roof, were NOT amused that I was usurping their prized vantage point for observing the world.

Homie is giving me the evil eye.

– Fr. Matthew Green



If the Red Sox can do it …

Seagulls for Sale5PM edit: I came back an hour later and there was $4.85 in the cup. Should Rubber Duck consult a lawyer before we move to a more popular beach? The overhead is dirt cheap. A few breadcrumbs, maybe a fish rack or two.

I stole the concept for this idea from XKCD comics and forgot to atribute them. They are math nerds who make you laugh with equations and other science stuff. I usually wet my pants when I read them. The seagull one was just weird.

Today is Homie and Rubber Duck’s First Anniversary

Homie: “You’re not from around here are you? May I show you the cove?”

Solitude of the lonely Homie.

Cold, lonely, rubbery, but Patriotic!

A little stand offish at first.

They’re eyes locked and Homie was in love.

“So how many children should we have?” Homie wasn’t wasting any time.

“I have a lovely nest on Milk Island.”

You’re not listening to a word I’m saying!”

“We could make it work!”

“Do you think it’s safe to come out?”

Your friends are rude Homie.

Rubber Duck out on the Town at another Fred Bodin Christmas party.

I cannot believe it has only been one year since the Rubber Duck met Homie on a blustery day just like today, April 18, 2011. When I posted that first part of the Rubber Duck saga I was only joking about it being a twenty part series. Little did I know that maybe a hundred posts later the story is still not finished. To commemorate their anniversary I repost the first few chapters. Later this week will be an update of how Homie and Rubber Duck spent their day today. Part I posted April 18th, 2011:  (This will be a twenty part series.) Part II posted April 19th, 2011: But first, the back story. Two lonely birds:  But soon the connection was made and time stopped. ”  “I am so out of here!”  But Homie came back of course and took Rubber Duck all over. The Rockport Dump, Thacher Island lighthouse, Maine, Florida, meeting Santa when he arrived in Rockport, wine tasting at Passports, Duck Confit at Duckworth’s. Then, just a few months later, things got a little weird: Last sighting of RD was at the Spring Fling two weeks ago with rumors that she was at the Thirsty Golf contest at the DogBar last week when Joey caught her again staring at him.  Flexilis anatidaephobia is the fear that a rubber duck is staring at you and Joey has got it bad.

Rubber Duck washed up on a foreign shore today

You’re not from around here are you? (Weird looking Homies no?)

But the locals are very friendly.

Yes, beverage please.

Rubber Duck is very sad (can’t you tell by that face) that she won’t make it back to the Sunday morning GMG Mug-Up so she is drowning her sorrows. Mostly with drinks with little umbrellas.

Only 177 Days to the BlackBurn Challenge

January 18 and how many New Year’s Resolutions have you blown off already? Did you last two weeks on your diet? Have you already bought a pack of Winstons? Now is the time baby, crunch time, when the muffin top takes a beating and you resolve to stick to your resolutions in 2012. Why? So that 177 days from now you can get in a boat and paddle your not so fat butt all the way around Cape Ann.

Click here for a BlackBurn Challenge Timer.  July 14 is just 177 days away. 25 weeks. Plenty of time. Or I can send Homie over to help you focus.

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