Taken at the end of Grapevine Road on the backshore. The sound of the pebbles rolling every time a wave came and went was deafening.
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Electric Light Orchestra!
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nb. Click photos to embiggen. The Twin Lights show the flaw of shooting with a tiny lens in the iPhone 5. I can straighten the horizon but the towers are leaning towards each other. Larger cameras, more glass in the lens, and shooting with the camera straight on and not pointing up can eliminate most of this convergence. Last ditch there is always Photoshop to straighten out structures leaning in.
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I often see the surfers arriving en mass at daybreak and then departing around 8:30–I imagine heading off to work. What a terrific way to start the work day! For the daily New England surf forecast, visit New England Surf.
Although ubiquitous where ever we turn, I was curious about the several different species that are often observed fishing and feeding together at dawn. The flocks of seagulls that we see on Cape Ann at this time of year are typically comprised of two species and they are the Great Black-backed Gull and the Herring Gull. In the above photo taken at daybreak (click to view larger), you can see both species; the gulls with speckled feather patterns are first year fledglings of both the Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls.
Interestingly, early in the twentieth century, both species of gulls were mostly winter visitors, neither staying to breed when the weather warmed. The first pair of breeding Herring Gulls was discovered on Martha’s Vineyard in 1912. The first pair of breeding Great Black-backed Gulls was found in Salem in 1932.
The Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) is the larger of the two, up to 30,” with a black back and wings, yellow bill distinguished by a red dot on the bottom near the tip, and pinkish legs.
The Herring Gull (Larus argentus), at 25 inches, has gray wings tipped with black, gray back, white head, pinkish legs, and yellow bill also with a red dot on the bottom near the tip.
The Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) is also a regular visitor but according to Mass Audubon, it has never successfully bred in Massachusetts. The Ring-billed at first glance looks similar to the Herring Gull but is the smallest of the three at 17″ and is also easy to distinguish as it has yellow legs and a dark gray band near the tip of its bill.
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Thacher Island is located about a mile offshore of Rockport. The island may be viewed from several locations in Rockport and from the Bass Rocks (Atlantic Road) in Gloucester. The Thacher Island Association provides boat service to the island for members of the Association. Kayaking is another popular way to visit the island.
Attached is my photo of the Twin Lights … perhaps you and your readers
may be interested other local photos on my site at
I’ve been photographing Gloucester/Rockport area for about 5 years; I
live west of Boston but I do manage to get to Gloucester quite often.
I like the way GMG ties together the spirit and creativity of the
community, and I appreciate all the hard work of you and your
It was nice to meet you tonight. Here is the web site I was telling you about.
Has you can see in the attached picture, I knew when, and where to be to get the moon between the towers. Knowing the time of the moon-rise ,and sun-set helps with the exposure of the Twin Lights. I’m still working on my settings, so I don’t over expose the moon, or under expose the rest of the shot.
I hope the other photographers find this has cool to use has I do.
The other picture is something I found on my way across the rocks, off Penzance Rd. in Rockport. I was told it is where the earth split millions of years ago, and filled in with molten lava.
The excellent thing about the eclectic stuff for sale at Alexandra’s Bread Company is that although it is unique and ultra funky it is very reasonably priced.
Even a duck says “no thanks, I’ll pass.”
Some of my favorites to date- click for larger version-They make excellent screen savers. If you want the full sized version I’d be happy to make one for you.
Vacation Is Over. Back To Work 7 Days A Week Til December 31st. Let The Gloucester At Dawn Series Resume.
As with any of the pictures you can click on them and then select “all sizes” to see the larger version.
If you were born in Gloucester you remember Twin Lights Soda. You remember those heavy glass soda bottles and you remember the crates that they used to put the heavy glass bottles into. You remember the different cool flavors like birch beer, and cream soda.
Well Alexandra’s Bread exclusively carries Twin Light T Shirts. She had them made up with permission from the bottler. For a little bit of nostalgia, cruise on down to Alexandra’s Bread, grab a cobble or six and check out all teh cool stuff on the walls for sale.
Alexandra being a fan of all things Twin Lights had these cool Twin Lights Postcards made up. They are for sale at Alexandra’s Bread for a meager 75 cents. That’s short money Homie! I’m thinking about buying a couple and framing them up for a cool piece of local art.