Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Indecision around what to post.

Watery Wednesday is upon us again. I’m having a bit of a problem deciding what to post.

Should I post the Snowy Egret that I saw at Smiths Cove this morning?

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Yesterday, I went to Eastern Point and took a couple of photos of Mother Ann, a rock formation at Eastern Point.

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Can you see Mother Ann in the formation?

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Then I took a trip over to Lanes Cove and got this Great Egret.

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At Lanes Cove, I found this really cool dory. I could post this.

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Perhaps, this water lily would be an appropriate post for the week. I shot it this afternoon.
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Ah, forget it, I'll post them all.

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On Osprey and Fog

I know we New Englanders have been bitching about the onerous lack of sunshine this spring. On Saturday morning, we were blessed with blue sky from 10:00 until noon. That is when I captured the sea worm. On the way back, as I was walking over the Cut Bridge over the Blynman canal, something caught the corner of my eye.

We have bazillions of seagulls in Gloucester, so soaring birds are nothing to take note of. However sometimes anomalous behavior may warrant inspection. In this case, two osprey were soaring over the Blynman canal.

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This is the view over East Gloucester at 1:30 PM showing the fog bank over the shoreline which is behind the peninsula.
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Looking over Fort Square, south of Eastern Point was a thunderhead building up. Clouds were coming in from the west and fog was rolling in from the east and a storm building in the south, I couldn’t bear to look north.

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Long before the 5:00 Seine boat races, we were once again fogbound. Is it any wonder we are just a tad bit eccentric in Gloucester?

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(For those new to SMU, this is the Greasy Pole Competition, part of our Saint Peter's Fiesta).

Visit the MEME, That's My World to see how others are fairing.

Sea Worm

I was through a tide pool at low tide to see what may be around, perhaps a cool crab or something. Then a sea worm came out of a mass of sea weed. This is the first time I've seen one of these.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Viva San Pietro

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The end of the Saint Peter's Fiesta is marked with a precession at 11:00 through the historical Fort Square community where the festival began.

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Until next year, Viva San Pietro.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Random shots of Saturday's Seine Boat Races



Do bees sneeze?

There is a little garden patch that has gone feral, since the lady that used to live there has moved out. This little bush that has these tiny rose-like flowers was attracting some bugs.

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After watching this little bee for a while, the question entered my mind, “Do bees sneeze?”

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

The Hungry Great Egret.

I caught this one walking on a dock, I knew he was up to something.
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Swish! Even at 1/500 second, it still didn't freeze him!
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This is what his lunch looked like.
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The Greasy Pole

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Long time followers have seen some random shots of the greasy pole off Pavilion Beach in Gloucester. Perhaps they may not have grasped the full significance of the edifice. I present to you some random shots of yesterday’s courtesy round of the greasy pole. In this round, grabbing the flag is not permitted. It is unlikely that it would happen because the grease is pretty thick, however, one walker looked like he could have done it.

Submitted for your approval, The Greasy Pole.




If you think in abstract shapes, you will see that in the cover of yesterday’s Women’s Seine Boat Races slide show is a pole walker headed for the drink.

Bona Fiesta!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Women's Seine Boat Races.

Continuing with the Saint Peter’s Fiesta, this afternoon we had the Women’s Seine Boat Races and the start of the Greasy Pole.
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I will make these photos available to the rowers, friends, family and to not-for-profits. All others bring cash or bottles of good wine.

Forgotten Photo Friday, White-breasted Nuthatch

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I shot this photo on April 5th and totally forgot about it.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Challenger, Voyager and Endeavour

These are three of the big trawlers in Gloucester. We've had about three blue sky days this month. Blue sky, blue trawlers, blue water. Welcome to Gloucester.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Men's Seine Boat Races

I caught some of the men’s seine boat eliminations this afternoon after work. There is so much to shoot that I have to discipline myself not to fill up the hard drive. This is the start of Fiesta.


Two Spiders

I haven't posted a spider in a long time. The last spider I posted was in October. Here are a couple of recent ones.

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The interesting point about this spider is that I shot it on Crane's Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts on the sand. It blended in very well. It seemed to follow me around, perhaps taking refuge from the plovers.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Cat Eyes steaming home.

A beautiful late spring morning shot of Gloucester Harbor. The lobstermen are out working their pots and the trawlers are coming in.

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This is the trawler Cat Eyes steaming past Tenpound Island after fishing all night. It's 6:00 in the morning.

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Woman's Seine Boat Practice

With Fiesta coming up, the rowers are getting ready for the Seine Boat races. The first shot was taken Friday night. The last shots were taken in the drizzle on Sunday.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Mother Carey's Chicken visits Gloucester Harbor

I have a copy of The Dictionary of American Bird Names edited by Ernest A. Choate that I purchased back in the ‘80s when I was a power birder. In it, there is an entry for Mother Carey’s Chicken. “A sailor’s name for petrel. Yarrell, who wrote A History of British Birds in 1843, stated, “The name was given by Capt. Carteret’s sailors, from some unknown hag of that name.” It has also been suggested that she is a witch of the sea accompanied by imps in the form of little black birds. According to others she is the aunt of Davy Jones.”

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I've never seen the Wilson's Storm Petrels inside Gloucester Harbor. On Father's day, there were dozens fluttering around. Alas, with 300 mms and fog, I wasn’t able to get the real cool shot. However, the only times I’ve seen these Leach's and Wilson's Storm Petrels are while steaming out at 16 knots on a whale watching trip to Stellwagon Bank. These are the shots I have, enough to document that they were inside Tenpound Island on Father’s day. Pitching in the waves and trying to get a good shot of these tiny birds is a fool’s errand.

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P.S. The were here this morning before I went to work too.
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