Friday, July 31, 2009

Forgotten Photo Friday, Boston

A couple of photos of Boston as we arrived by ferry last September.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Gloucester Skies

This afternoon's view from Saint Peter's Square
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Tuesday Night's sunset with the Black Sheep in the foreground.
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Last Saturday morning's view of the Town Hall Clock Tower
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

These were shot in California on our last trip. Although not very skittish, they are not very cooperative. In true chickadee fashion, they are always on the move making a living and don’t have time to pose. Nevertheless, they are a real treat. Enjoy!

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Lobstering in Gloucester

Once a lobsterman has pulled his pot, he opens it and pulls the lobsters out.
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The lobsterman is holding a gauge in his left had and measures the carapace.
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If the lobster is too small, he is thrown back. Females with eggs in the swimmerets will be released back too.
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Keepers have their claws banded and are put into a holding tank to keep them fresh for market.
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When the lobsterman arrives at the dealer, they are loaded into totes.

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At the pound, they are sorted and put into tanks while waiting to be shipped out.





Fresh New England lobster!
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Oh, yah, go get some drawn butter, corn on the cob, some steamers, mussels and have yourself a real treat.
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Visit Watery Wednesday

You just don't see this anywhere else

...but in Maritime New England.
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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Western Chipmunk

This Western Chipmonk was shot near Saratoga, CA.

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Be sure to check out today's Scenic Sunday post too!


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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Eastern Point in a new Light

I think that the success of a photographer stems from showing people something that they have never seen before or at least in a way that they have never seen it. So when I go to Eastern Point Lighthouse, where there have been hundreds of photos taken and I also have take a couple-few myself, how can I make it look new and exciting?

Saturday morning we had an exceptionally low tide. This gave me a chance to walk out and get the seaweed in the foreground. Shooting in the morning like this means the light is coming from behind the lighthouse and casting glint off of the seaweed. Oh well, let’s be brave and make he shot.

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Looking up the grassy slope to the light tower showing the contrast and textures makes a fun shot. Toss in a human for scale and you get the picture.

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I think that the shot through the tree was the surprise shot, and my favorite for the morning. It breaks a lot of rules but that’s what makes it work.
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None of these shots would work in any other season than summer. How can I say that? I’ve tried them in other seasons before!

This is Eastern Point, ever changing with the seasons yet always the same. I hope you enjoyed the shots. Feel free to have a look at my other Eastern Point Light shots for comparison.

Scenic Sunday

Oh S**t Saturday

I went over to Eastern Point this morning to see if I could get out on the breakwater before the parking lot filled up. The 26 foot Barker broke her mooring and crashed into the breakwater. Her hull was breached and she went under.

The salvage crew patched her hull and fitted her with air bladders. It's off to the shipyard with her. I’m sure she will be shipshape in no time. Let's hope so!





Thursday, July 23, 2009

Forgotten Photo Friday, Marsh Wren

Oh yeah, I remember taking this picture! How could I have forgotten this little beauty?

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Be sure to see my other wren photos. Dont forget to see my SkyWatch Friday photos for this week.

Brigantine Corwith Crammer

Most sailing ships we get in Gloucester are schooners. The Corwith Cramer is a brigantine which is a vessel with two masts, only the forward mast is square rigged.

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Along with the Corwith Cramer is a wind surfer and a medium sail boat.

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My Mother-in-law’s Potting Shed

This is my mother-in-law’s potting shed that doubles as an art studio. She had morning doves nest in a basket hanging under the eves. This is one of the babies waiting for mom and dad to come back with some food.

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You can tell he is a youngster because his tail is a little short and he still is erupting his feathers. Those pin feathers must itch!

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His face has not filled out just yet. Here it is panting to help regulate his temperature.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pavilion Beach is littered...

...with hundreds of boats.

Last Saturday was the Blackburn Challenge, a 22 mile rowing race for oar and paddle boats that started at Pavilion Beach in Gloucester, sends the rowers and paddlers around Cape Ann and back to Gloucester.

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After the race, this young man is taking a turn in his dad’s kayak. I struck up a conversation with his mom. She said that he really wants to take it out by himself but dad is right standing right behind him, keeping him safe.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Gloucester welcomes the Kalmar Nyckel

While I was driving home today, I spied a set of flags flying over at the State Fish Pier. Under them I could see the yardarms of a square rigger. I went home and grabbed my gear and headed out. When I arrived, I bumped into an old acquaintance, the Kalmar Nyckel out of Wilmington, Delaware. Visit my earlier Kalmar Nyckel post for links to her website and to learn more.

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I understand that the Kalmar Nyckel will be in Gloucester Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before she sails for her next port.

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Pleasant Street, off of Main Street

Gloucester has good deal of wonderful architecture. Pleasant street has some interesting buildings and homes. I like to walk up here every once in a while. The first photo was shot on Saturday morning as the fog was burning off.

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On Sunday, we woke up to a clear blue sky. This is one of my favorite brick buildings in town. It looks like it has had several uses in the past. Now the first floor holds upscale art galleries.
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