Yesterday’s posting of Christmas Seals – They didn’t migrate from Brace Cove to Niles Beach; was enjoying Christmas Eve with family and festivities!
Twelve Christmas Eve Seals at Niles Beach
A Thanksgiving family lunch followed by a late afternoon walk around Niles Pond and a classic Eastern Point Lighthouse sunset.
Correcting a typo from my recent posting about checking the traps in Norway: The allowable size for lobsters is 25-32 cm, not a tiny 25-32 mm. That is about 10″ from nose to tip of tail for the small “chicken” lobster. Also, any female lobster with roe must be thrown back.
We are in Tjome, Norway visiting Anne-Lise’s sister Berit and her husband Jan. This morning we followed him out in his boat checking his lobster traps. His private license allows him up to 10 individual traps and the commercial lobster season only lasts 2 months from October 1st to December 1st. Allowable size is between 25 and 32mm from tip of nose to end of tail.
Late Saturday afternoon we watched two powered paragliders overhead and circling the Eastern Point lighthouse.
Monarchs are still around Niles Pond before heading south to Mexico.
Anne-Lise and I are back from a trip to Moscow and St Petersburg with a stop on the way home for family and shrimp (just like ours but with no quota) in Norway.
Columbia was first home on elapsed time at the Labor Day weekend Schooner Festival
Anne-Lise and I had a great trip up the Annisquam River from Gloucester Marina to Ipswich Bay on a questionable Sunday afternoon that turned out to be very comfortable, with our friends Beth and Mike Knicely.
The clouds add a bit of mystery.
Always something to look at from the deck. In the last couple of days: One of a family of deer in the Audubon land at Eastern Point; USCG barque Eagle back and forth, here in the haze headed back into Salem for weekend festivities; sunset with Great Britain floating over the lighthouse.
Tuesday walk on the breakwater – fishermen and cormorants finding fish.
Another beautiful sunset after the thunderstorms.
Here is a cell phone photo of clouds clearing from afternoon thunderstorms for a nice sunset at Eastern Point with Thomas E Lannon
This neighbor joined us for a walk this afternoon on Eastern Point (sort of).
I recently saw an aerial drone photograph of Stage fort Park showing cannons in the “fort.” That was a surprise. This afternoon commuting home (by bus around the Gloucester commuter rail draw bridge replacement), I stopped at Stage Fort to look for the cannons, in nice evening light. Here are a few photos. As a bonus, I hit closing time of the farmers market and secured a large jar of fresh guacamole.
Zeus is a “Texas Tower” rig that was involved with extension of Gloucester’s sewer outfall pipe offshore around 1990. Before that, the treatment plant dumped directly into harbor, through the notorious “bubbler.” Here are a few of my photos from 1989-1991.
Finally a beautiful spring afternoon on the Boulevard