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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

CAPE ANN LIGHTHOUSES SHROUDED IN SEA SMOKE

Evocative views looking through sea smoke along the shoreline this morning, from Ten Pound Island to Twin Lights, and at every vantage point along the way. On my very last stop photographing a buoy in the sea smoke, I spied a mystery bird far off shore. Bobbing in the water and with a bill not at all shaped liked a seagulls, it was a SNOW GOOSE! He was too far away to get a great photo, but wonderful to see nonetheless!

BEAUTIFUL AND ATMOSPHERIC FOG DESCENDING OVER EASTERN POINT

FV Endeavor in the Foggy Sunset

Heading out to photograph wild creatures, instead I found fog. Beginning in the afternoon and lasting into sunset, waves and ribbons of fog enveloped the east end of Gloucester until only shapes and silhouettes were visible.

Fog Ribbons and FV Endeavor

A wedding reception was underway at the Yacht Club, lots of folks were out watching the setting sun, and a photo shoot was taking place on the Dogbar. Returning home, Niles Beach and Ten Pound Island were even more shrouded in fog. Final stop was the Paint Factory to catch the last glimmer of light. Looking towards Ten Pound Island from the Paint Factory, in the last Instagram you can see the sliver of a crescent moon.

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BEAUTIFUL GLOUCESTER HARBOR FOGGY MORNING AND CRUSIE SHIP AMERICAN CONSTELLATION DOCKED IN HARBOR

Foggy early morning scenes around the Harbor.

Castle in the Fog

City Hall and the Paint Factory

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Cruise Ship American Constellation with Ten Pound Island and the Greasy Pole

The American Constellation is a 175-guest room cruise ship from American Cruise Lines. From the company’s website, “Designed to navigate the inland waterways of the East Coast, American Constellation brings guests to beautiful ports the larger ships can’t access. In the intimate atmosphere onboard, guests will find the largest staterooms in the industry, spacious lounges, as well as observation decks and private balconies that offer spectacular views of the passing landscapes.”

#blizzard2017 UNDERWAY!

Blizzarding! I hope everyone is keeping warm and cozy indoors

Ten Pound Island with Common Loons and Eiders

Snowy morning Backshore #gloucesterma #blizzard2017 #blizzard

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Ma Audubon’s Chris Leahy retirement party May 21

It’s not a surprise party, but it is limited in size. Invitations will go out in April. Mass Audubon is hosting a special retirement tribute for Chris Leahy in celebration of his remarkable career –45 years of “impact and success”. How nice to see a Gloucester naturalist treasure being recognized in the spring –(bird-a-thon season!)– at Joppa Flats Education Center, Parker River National Wildlife sanctuary.  Folks and fans can also swarm cards and MA Audubon gifts as a great way to acknowledge this milestone. Chris’s astonishing powers of observation and communication skills can make anyone care about birds, nature, and place. Within a mere twenty seconds of conversation he can capture history and immediacy in such an affable and effortless manner. What an ambassador.

“If I said, ‘Are there more birds around in the summer or the winter?’ most people would say the summer, and that’s right. But not by much,” said tour leader Christopher Leahy of Gloucester, who holds the Gerard A. Bertrand chair of natural history and field ornithology at Mass Audubon. “Actually almost 50 percent of the 300 bird species that occur in Massachusetts occur here during the winter.”– Chris Leahy  from Boston Globe article Thrills and Chills: Birders Brave the Cape Ann Cold and Find What They’re Looking For by Joel Brown, published February 5, 2009 

Congratulations, Chris

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MAGICAL AND EVOCATIVE GLOUCESTER WINTER WONDERLAND

pavillion-band-stand-stage-fort-park-copyright-kim-smithThis morning’s snow and ice lingered all day, shrouding the city in such a hauntingly beautiful manner that I couldn’t help but take the late afternoon off and went looking and taking as many photos as possible before the sun set.  stage-fort-park-copyright-kim-smitheastern-point-lighthouse-snow-copyright-kim-smithbrace-cove-house-copyright

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BEAUTIFUL GLOUCESTER HARBOR AFTER THE SNOWSTORM

Beautiful Gloucester Harbor in the morning light as the storm was departing.gloucester-harbor-paint-factory-cape-pond-ice-copyright-kim-smithStanding on the pier at I4-C2 HarborWalk.
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Harbor dredging clean up continues

View from the HarborWalk #gloucesterma #scenesofnewengland #snowyday #fishing #fishingboat

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Gloucester Harbor panorama #gloucesterma #scenesofnewengland #fishing

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SCHOONER LYNX DEPARTS GLOUCESTER

schooner-lynx-gloucester-boston-skyline-copyright-kim-smithExciting news–the Schooner Lynx will be returning to Gloucester next year for the Schooner fest! The captain of the Lynx, Donald Peacock, wrote the following, “Thank you for noticing Lynx in your harbor. Gloucester Marine Railways have been most hospitable and we look forward to returning for Lynx 2017 yard period and the 2017 Gloucester Schooner Race and Festival.”

A magnificent ship under sail, she was a joy to watch and to photograph as she moved through the Harbor, setting course for Saint Petersburg, Florida, via Portland, Maine. You can see in the last photo that by the time she was passing Brace Cove she was under full sail with her square sail hoisted too. Safe travels Schooner Lynx and crew!

schooner-lynx-gloucester-mast-crane-piling-copyright-kim-smithAt the Railways this morning with crew members Casey and Hunter

schooner-lynx-gloucester-ten-pound-island-copyright-kim-smithPassing Ten Pound Island -note how much taller the Schooner is to the Lighthouse

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Along the backshore with Boston in the distanceschooner-lynx-brace-rock-copyright-kim-smith

schooner-lynx-gloucester-brace-cove-copyright-kim-smithBrace Cove

BREAKING SUPER SPECTACULAR EXCITING FIREWORKS NEWS!!!

THE FIREWORKS ARE A GO!!! Hold onto your hats, we’re going to be treated to an extra fantabulous spectacular display!

Barry Pett shares that the response for requests for assistance with the Schooner Festival/Labor Day Weekend fireworks show has been tremendous. He gives a heartfelt thanks to everyone for their contributions. He’d also like folks to be aware that the City contributes greatly, with support from Mayor Romeo Theken’s administration, the Police and Fire Departments, and the DPW.

Barry provided some history about the fireworks, which have been annually displayed from Stage Fort Park since at least 1880. This beautifully poetic Winslow Homer watercolor titled Sailboat and Fourth of July Fireworks, dated July 4th, 1880, was painted during the year that Homer lived on Ten Pound Island. Unfortunately, the painting is currently hidden away in storage at the Fogg Art Museum. It is Barry’s hope that for Gloucester’s quadricentennial the painting will travel to Gloucester and be displayed at the Cape Ann Museum.

Barry Pett has been creating Gloucester’s fireworks shows for over twenty five years.

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Winslow Homer: Poet of the Sea

Stacy Boulevard construction update. Gloucester DPW is impressive

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The big infrastructure work along the western side of the Boulevard is 80% complete

and on track to meet its October 1st heavy construction milestone. The finish line –opening to the public– will come soon after. Seasons of activity have continued these past 15 months with little disruption.

The eastern end of the Boulevard was refurbished after the Blizzard of 1978.  The current project encompasses the western side and chugged forward once the green light cleared in May of 2015. (The planning and quest for funding began years before, as in 1999) This is huge! It’s Gloucester harbor and one of the world’s beautiful promenades.

So what’s been happening? Mike Hale said that the seawall has been restored; the sidewalks are being reconstructed; a low stone wall removed and rebuilt; railing test pieces installed; light bases installed for new lights (there weren’t any lights before); and more. Landscape features and framing are on the plans to be built out next month. The island side of Blynman will come next. 

This project isn’t the only game in town for this department. DPW manages to keep all the balls in the air. They are impressive!

 

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THE MAGNIFICENT OLIVER HAZARD PERRY AT CAPE POND ICE!

Oliver Hazard Perry ship Ten Pound Island copyright Kim Smith GloucesterOliver Hazard Perry Passing Ten Pound Island on the way to Cape Pond Ice

Thanks to Scott Memhard for the heads up that the magnificent Oliver Hazard Perry was docking at Cape Pond Ice this morning. While the Ice House crew provided the ship with water, which takes several hours, the Perry crew took a tour of Cape Pond Ice and then had an hour to tour around Gloucester. The OHP takes no passengers, everyone aboard is a working crew member or working student.

Although this is the Perry’s maiden voyage, the captain and crew did an excellent job docking the ship. She is anchored at Rockport Harbor this evening. The Oliver Hazard Perry will be returning to Gloucester in September for a longer stay and at that time, the public will be able to tour the ship. See my post from yesterday with photos of the Oliver Hazard Perry sailing into Gloucester and a link to track the Perry.

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Gloucester City Hall Through the OHP Rigging

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Oliver Hazard Perry heading into #gloucesterma for water at Cape Pond Ice @ohpri

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