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.
Rockport Congregational Church and Shalin Liu Sunrays
One of a sleeping pair of juvenile Double-crested Cormorants
Rubber Duck! Get off that ice or your next port o’ call is Portugal!
Where did Kiwi Cow go? RD: “Last I saw her she was huffing on the car defrost.”
RD: “My Limbago is kicking up can we go back to the car now?”
RD: “You see that sea smoke heading to Spain? That means the hike back to the car is into the wind!”
RD: “Where is my helmet?”
This was running water three days ago? Polar Vortex? We used to call it a “Cold Snap”.
“Can you see the moon RD? RD: “I can hear my ass crack in two under the arch and I did hear an echo. Home James, to the Superglue!”
To all the people (Skip Montello et al) who got up at the crispy crack of dawn (see what I did there?) and took photos of the sea smoke when it was wild and crazy I thank you. Better you than me and you take better photos anyway. Find them on Facebook in “Rockport Stuff”. Skip takes some of them in Infrared which are mind boggling.
nb. There is an old wive’s tale about the noise a duck makes, the quack, does not echo. Glad we cleared that nonsense up.
That was my little tribute to Major Tom…in case you missed it. Bygones.
I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the Curtis Family…Sean, Erin, Lydia, Brityn, and baby Henry for the excellent public service announcement they are kind enough to bestow upon the town of Rockport during the holiday season.
While, ahem ahem, it was a bit later than usual this year…it did not disappoint once finally arriving. Contrary to disappointing, actually, it is new and improved and really quite fantastic!
You see, the Curtis family has been helping to spread the holiday joy in the children of Rockport….and pure panic in the hearts of the grown-ups…for the past several years.
Formally, a giant snowman helped to count down the days, hours, minutes…and even seconds…until Christmas. After taking an unfortunate tumble, the large cold one was placed on the DL (that’s the disabled list). And, yes, I’m talking to you….the one who thought the World Series Trophy on our Christmas Card several years ago was a menorah. (see below)
At any rate, with Frosty down and out, an even better (in my opinion) countdown clock has taken his place! My boys get such joy out of seeing it each afternoon on the way home from school/work! It is pretty awesome…even if it does cause me some major anxiety.
Hmmm. There’s something different about Rockport Harbor these days. I can’t quite put my finger on it.
Could it possibly be the massive marine crane that is resting alongside our sleepy and iconic Motif 1?
It has taken me by surprise several days in a row upon coming to the end of Broadway to turn up South Street to head home.
The equipment, for the record, is in town to work on the Rockport Breakwater.
Last month, we previewed Chronicle star Ted Reinstein’s new book (see post here) with Motif #1 on the cover.
Tonight’s Chronicle at 7:30pm on Channel 5 previews his book for the first time on TV — and it features a segment on Gloucester & Cape Ann. Don’t Miss it!
After the show, take advantage of this gorgeous weather and check out over a dozen artists playing live tonight around Cape Ann tonight. See the full schedule here.
You may know Ted Reinstein from the award-winning TV show Chronicle on Channel 5.
I’ve been a fan for years and was lucky enough to meet Ted when he produced Chronicle’s feature of Gloucester in 2007 right after Celebrate Gloucester and the opening of Cruiseport.
After covering every corner of New England for 16 years, Ted has made good on his claim, “I have enough stories to fill a book!” Now he’s about to release what National Geographic Traveler has named one of “The Best Travel Books of Spring.” And look at what’s on the cover!
Ted sent me a pre-release copy of his chapter on Cape Ann, which he aptly titled The Other Cape. Here’s how it begins:
Obviously written from the heart, Ted describes Gloucester as “America’s most authentic, enduring working waterfront.” The chapter is filled with quotes by–and stories about–local fishermen, artists, photographers and others along with some excellent photos.
This captivating, well-written book isn’t just a travelogue. It’s a gem that everyone who lives here and cares about this place would want to own. New England Notebook hasn’t been released yet, but you can pre-order a copy now — right here.
Ted tells me he’s planning to come to The Other Cape to do a reading at some point. We’ll be sure to let you know when and where as soon as it’s scheduled. Perhaps you can get your book signed!
My heart is in Gloucester, but Rockport is lovely too.
“Coast Guard Blaine Gallagher proposes to his girlfriend, Sarah Morris, in front of Motif #1 in Rockport Harbor. Gallagher pulled his boat up behind Bearskin Neck to surprise Morris at work. When she came out to say hello, Gallagher got down on one knee and pulled out the ring in front of her friends and Gallagher’s crew.”
Check Out more on Brianna’s facebook page , professional page briannaphotography.com and blog.
Oh yeah and in the midst of all this I decided to do a complete redesign from top to bottom of the www.gloucesterwebcam.com
Thanks to John McElhenny from Matter Communications and Bill O’Connor from North Shore Kid on the feedback and suggestions about www.gloucesterwebcam.com ver 1.1
Check out the Bluefish Property Group Motif #1 Webcam at the new site
Tim from www.gloucesterbytes.com installed another one yesterday in Rockport The view of Motif # 1 from Bradley Wharf!
A free event to kick off the Motif No. 1 Day festival!
7 o’clock tonight at the Old Firehouse in Dock Square, downtown Rockport. A short film, Twin Lights soda…a great way to start the celebration of the arts in Rockport!
Here’s a 35mm shot of the original Motif #1 back in the 70’s.
You can see it was a patched-up rugged old building.
Also, thanks Joey for including the information of the Digital Photo Workshop at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum,
It filled up very quickly.
Motif #1 in 1971
From my 35mm archives this was the original Motif #1 before it was destroyed by a storm in Feb. 1978. That’s my old 1968 wooden Carver.
No crowded harbors in those days. Just tie up anywhere and stay overnight.
A long way up the ladder when the tide was out.
Rockport- Anyone know the name of that building to the right?