Mother Otters burrow near to, and within, North American Beaver lodges, to give birth and to raise their young. The den will often have many entrances and exits. The mother raises her young alone. At about five weeks old the newborns will begin playing. At two months, the kits (also called pups) coat has grown in and she introduces them to water. At nine weeks they begin to eat solid food and are weaned by twelve weeks.
North American River Otter Kit
The family bond is beautiful to watch and the young River Otters are utterly adorable in their playfulness. Just some of the familial behaviors that have been so wonderful to observe–otters grooming each other, snuggling under Mom (and playfully biting her tail), siblings wrestling each other, and all taking a morning nap together.
One of the most interesting moments was observing what happened one morning after the mother caught a frog. At first look it appeared as though the kit was stealing the frog from her, but after examining the footage, she caught the frog and deliberately incapacitated it, although she did not eat. She was holding the frog for her young otter to come and catch it from her.
A family of otters is called a “romp.”
Cape Ann’s growing Otter population is a clear sign that our waterways are in good health. North American River Otters are very sensitive to dirty water. Clean water, along with the expanded range of the North American Beavers, has helped create a welcoming habitat for River Otters to dwell and to breed.
Mom continually checks the landscape for pending danger. At the slightest hint of disturbance, underwater they all go. A NA River Otter can last up to four minutes underwater.
Taking a walk on Shore Road Tuesday, the ocean was singing a song and the foam was beautiful.
The gallery is pleased to present :
Neither Mustard Nor Teeth | Peter Morse and David West
September 1 -30 . Reception September 29th . 5:00-7:00pm
Neither Mustard Nor Teeth, by artists Peter Morse and David West, is an exploration of the everyday discipline of the artist searching to find the extraordinary and the beautiful among the quotidian rhythms of ordinary life.
Morse’s photos call attention to the overlooked. They catch moments of light, pattern, form and structure that might otherwise be sensed only out of the corner of the eye. What is captured in the frame draws us nearer, asks us to pause. While grounded in the ordinary, they leave the viewer with questions about time and place and the seemingly familiar.
West’s drawings feature the townscape of Gloucester as seen by a non-native. They are visual handshakes from a Southern alien coming to terms with a new place for the first time. The quiet empty spaces offer little peace; the architectures crowd each other and jostle for attention as they attempt to stay upright.
Both bodies of work are rooted in the act of stopping and looking, the life blood of the artist. Slowing down. Being present in the moment long enough to pay attention and to record. Whether the action is contained in the fraction of a shutter click, or the longer process of drawing, each is a response to the quiet call of objects and moments at hand.
The phrase — neither mustard nor teeth — is from the essay, Of Power and Time, by the Massachusetts poet Mary Oliver. Oliver tells of the tensions between the necessity of living in the world with its demands of time and task and energy, all the while striving to see the inherent beauty of it all, to make sense of it through the creative process:
It is six a.m., and I am working. I am absent-minded, reckless, heedless of social obligations, etc. It is as it must be. The tire goes flat, the tooth falls out, there will be a hundred meals without mustard. The poem gets written. I have wrestled with the angel and I am stained with light and I have no shame. Neither do I have guilt. My responsibility is not to the ordinary, or the timely. It does not include mustard, or teeth.
Peter Morse lives in Amesbury, and David West is resident here in Gloucester. Both artists are in need of going to the grocery as well as the dentist.
Peter Morse holds a BA Summa Cum Laude from Gordon College and an MFA in Photography from the University of Hartford, CT. Residencies include Berlin, Germany, New York, NY and Portland OR. He teaches at Gordon College where he is also Manager of the Barrington Center for the Arts and the Gallery. He has exhibited in the US, Germany and Cuba. Morse maintains a studio in Amesbury MA.
David West is originally from Mississippi. He holds an MFA from Louisiana State University with a concentration in printmaking. He is Associate Professor of art at Gordon College, Wenham MA where he is Chair of the Art Department. West is also Co-Founder/Curator of ArtSpace 86 Gallery in Jackson MS. He has exhibited widely in the US. West is now living in Gloucester MA.
The exhibition continues through September 30, 2018.
Gallery hours: Fri & Sat 11am-4pm . Sunday 1-4pm
Join Clean Gloucester and The One Hour at a Time Gang, clean the Annisquam River.
When: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Where: Dunfudgin Boat Ramp
Time: 8:00 Am
This weather keeps reminding us that summer isn’t quite over yet! Make plans to spend next Saturday with us at our Annisquam River Cleanup!
How do week long Experience Weeks that engage in and develop critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity sound?
Check out the Experience Weeks being offered below.
Harborlight Montessori, conveniently located in Beverly, is opening their doors to non-enrolled students, Grades 1-8, to join them during their newly designed Experience Weeks. These weeks are scheduled during February, March, April, and June school vacation weeks to supplement Harborlight’s rich curriculum and provide non-enrolled students opportunities to experience learning with us.
You can also come learn more about these weeks TOMORROW morning at 8:45 on Harborlight’s campus at 243 Essex Street, Beverly
Please note that the June Presidential Traverse with the Appalachian Mountain Club is for Harborlight students only.
Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, September 12 – 7pm
My Musical Guests: STRUNGOUT PLAYBOYS!
These guys shocked everyone last time in. The Strungout
Playboys are a total blast! Fun music and good times.
Thanks to Joanne Silva for the cool image. Come early. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……features Morgan Forsythe! Dishes are better than ever before!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
9/19 – Quentin Callewaert
9/26 – Ron Schrank
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂
“Hale said the Woburn-based firmof Heimlich Landscaping and constracting which installed the stands and track in 2013, is heading up the repair work wiht inkind design assistance from CDM Smith of Boston…
“It was safe, and it would have been safe. It just looked bad–it looked old when it was still new. But this administration wants to be sure to fix it. We want this to be good product, and a good long-term investment.”
A new mini marsh promenade is underway along Thatcher Road from Gloucester’s Good Harbor Beach entrance all the way around to the foot bridge. Walkers will have safe access via sidewalks and a natural path.
Gloucester has been planning for an opportunity to extend safer pedestrian access along Thatcher Road for years. When National Grid scheduled replacing antiquated gas lines along the busiest and scenic stretch, Gloucester Public Works was ready to seize the opportunity with collaborative solutions sensitive to conservation. Sidewalk upgrades were built out at both ends and paused until National Grid completed its underground infrastructure work. Prior to paving, Thatcher Road will be widened slightly to accommodate a safe and scenic path. The city hoped to complete repairs and paving by autumn and is on track to meet that goal. This week crews were clearing brush. The rusty guardrail was removed and will be replaced with a new design. “It will all happen quickly now,” says Mike Hale, director of Public Works.
Thatcher Road Under Construction
There’s an ideal and creative scenic overlook solution over the river that’s under construction off site. I can’t wait for the reveal! I have been documenting progress and will post various updates, fast stats and history as another impressive project moves along.
Gloucester’s great marsh walk will afford safer access for sweeping seasonal observation
winter, spring, summer, fall
One of my favorite Gloucester motifs, Gloucester oxbow, view from Thatcher Road
Here are some photos from Gloucester’s 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony that took place yesterday morning shortly after 9:30 am to honor those who perished during the attacks of 9/11. It is something that I am so glad the City of Gloucester has continued to do and it would be wonderful to see even more people in attendance next year.
Members of Gloucester’s Fire Department, Police Department, United States Coast Guard, Harbormaster’s Office, Veterans and Veterans Office Officials, Gloucester’s Mayor, Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, State Senator Bruce Tarr, and others, gathered alongside Cape Ann residents who wished to pay tribute. Color guards were provided by Gloucester High School’s ROTC and the David G. Ouellet Division of the US Navy Sea Cadets.
Please join the Cape Ann Innovators Collaborative on Sept. 27 for a discussion about “Shaping the Future of our Blue Economy” at Cruiseport Gloucester for 5:00-7:00pm. The one-hour program is from 6:00-7:00pm with light appetizers, cash bar, and networking from 5:00-6:00.
Keynote by Mike Goodman, UMass Dartmouth Public Policy Center. Panel discussion moderated by Katie Kahl, UMass Amherst Gloucester Marine Station.
North Shore panelists include: Vito Giacalone (Gloucester Fishing Community Preservation Fund), Ric Upton (Gloucester Innovation) and Laura Swanson (Enterprise Center at Salem State University & North Shore Alliance for Economic Development)
The beauty of this scene sent me back to the books to refresh my memory of the mythological story of Arethusa, a Greek myth of transformation into water. This picture seems to demonstrate that very transformation from vessel to reflection to seawater.
From helping at school taste tests, to building gardens, to joining an event committee, there are lots of ways to get involved at BYG. Join us on Sept 13th to learn about all our different programs and what you can do to help!