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CAPE ANN RECOVERING FROM THE BOMBCYCLONE -By Kim Smith

Rain this past week melted the snow, revealing more destruction from the 2018 Bombcyclone. Stopping at favorite places along the backshore, the storm surge left in its wake damage to T-wharf, the road is completely washed out at Pebble Beach, and Eastern Point marsh and storm drains are clogged with debris.

T-Wharf, Rockport

Pebble Beach and Henry’s Pond. The storm surged pushed the rocks over the bank and into the road. Saltwater found a path and gushed into Henry’s Pond.

Popples strewn across the lawn and seaweed and debris clogged storm drains.

Storm Coverage From Rockport at High Tide

We took a quick drive today between 11:30-12:15 but soon realized that we shouldn’t be on the road.  Strong winds whipped freezing cold salt water on us, my gear, and into my car before we decided to head for home.  It was hard to fight the urge to stay out longer for “the perfect shot” but sometimes you need to know when to call it a day. Waves were crashing up and onto the circle at the end of Bearskin Neck and washing probably 4 inches of water across the street and back into the harbor on the other side.  I just heard on the news that it only takes about 8-12 inches of water to carry a car away.  I’m glad I wouldn’t let my husband turn around at the very end, but made him go into reverse and stay clear instead.  #fighttheurgetogettheshot.  We turned for home before it got too bad but saw far too many people still out on the streets.  I hope they also turned for home!

 

Got a high five from Jim Cantore

He saw the name on the side of the tow truck, “Tally’s Hookers” and he did a SMDH.

Oh, if you are parked on T-Wharf in Rockport you might want to move your car. Or give Tally a call and negotiate. Looks like they took a pass on these last few that were lifting up. How do you get a chain on a floater?

This … may get wetter later.

CALM BEFORE THE STORM

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

Christmas Eve Sunrise, Chapins Gully, 7:10:55 AM

About five minutes before sunrise.

How hard is it to know exactly to the second when the sunrise occurs? You would think one click on the internet would do it but a few things make it slightly harder. The calculation has to know exactly where you are on earth. It also needs to know your elevation and the elevation of the horizon. All three are pretty easy here on Cape Ann. You don’t have to be within the foot, just a decent guess.

So if I am standing about 30 feet above the water and the sunrise is on the water, boom, 2/3rds done. Then you go to Sunrise Tools at this website and do some clicking. You can have a free account so once you have your favorite locations saved it’s easy.

Today, the sunrise was at 7:10:55 AM and tomorrow it will be 22 seconds later at 07:11:17 AM. Most internet calculators will round that off so that both happen at 7:11 AM. But if you want to see the green flash in the morning you need precision to the second.

That way I could figure out that my phone died precisely eleven seconds before sunrise.

Sunrise tools

LOCAL RESIDENT DAVID ROBINSON -DRUMMER FOR THE CARS- INDUCTED INTO THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME!

David Robinson, owner of the beautiful local gallery Windemere Art and Antiques, and drummer for the rock band The Cars, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rock on David!

You can read the full story here in today’s Gloucester Times.

My friends Donna, David, and Lisa in front of David’s shop Windemere, located on Main Street Rockport

Beautiful dedication of Morgan Faulds Pike altarpiece in Rockport

Carved from limewood. Look at the range in surfaces!

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(detail) Rererdos St Mary’s Rockport, MA wooden alterpiece carved by master American sculptor Morgan Faulds Pike.

 

Dir Rev Karin E Wade developed a very special service today at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 24 Broadway, Rockport, MA. The visitation of Bishop Alan M. Gates and Deacon Bruce Nickerson for the dedication of the graceful and evocative Reredos by sculptor Morgan Faulds Pike was a resounding (and glorious sounding) success. There are wonderful acoustics in this little church.

 

Bishop Gates related that he was a Russian scholar, and acknowledged the exquisite music and choir immediately. I believe he mentioned the Lvovsky Hospodi Pomiloi specifically (see program notes below). The Offertory Anthem, Each Road, with words by Jeannette M. Lindholm and music by David C. Pike, inspired by Morgan’s work and created for the dedication of the new reredos, was still to come! All of it was so very moving. If you were unable to join today’s dedication,

save the date as there will be a Festive Evensong Dedication on Sunday October 29, 2017 at 4pm

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Morgan Faulds Pike website Read more

YIKES! HOMIE SWALLOWS A WHOLE LOBSTER

Photographing shorebirds early today and this Homie arrives on the scene, loudly announcing his catch. Before I could turn on my movie camera, he swallowed the whole lobster, in one big gulp! You could see the sharp edges of the lobster as it went down his gullet. I predict a Homie with a tummy ache.

The tremendous variety of seaweed currently covering Pebble Beach captures a wealth of sustenance for migrating shorebirds (and Homies).

Sanderlings, Sandpipers, Semiplamated Plovers, and one Snowy Egret at Pebble Beach today, September 12, 2017.

Music at the Beach, Rockport

Don’t forget that tonight is the second of the new and phenomenal Music at the Beach concert series at the bandstand on Rockport’s Back Beach!  Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and some chairs, and settle in for a night of great music!  Tonight’s performance is by Mari Martin and the Lucky Boys….and promises to be fantastic!

6:00 pm -8:00 pm

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O’Shea Family Reunion

IMG_6807 A very energetic group from Florida, Ohio, New Jersey, and several other States.  The photo below only has a few of the 41 members that embarked on Cape Ann to celebrate with “Ma”, Lillian O’Shea (88) of Rockport Massachusetts.  She is the mother of 8 children, 4 boys, 4 girls, which accounts for the large group.  Some were wearing their reunion motto for 2017, “Our Family Doesn’t Suffer from Insanity, We Kind of Enjoy It!!”

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O’Shea Family Reunion

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