SUNRISE SPECTACULAR ON THIS LAST DAY OF 2018 (HARBOR SEALS AND AMERICAN WIGEONS, TOO)!

The last morning of 2018 began with a gorgeously hued sunrise, and then, as so often happens on the wild and wonderful shores of Cape Ann, there were several chance and up close encounters with our local creatures. Nearly everyday I am reminded of the astonishing beauty that surrounds, from my East Gloucester neighborhood, to the natural habitats all around Cape Ann and Massachusetts. What a magnificent Planet we share!

Happy New Year and wishing you much love, joy, and beauty in the coming year.


Buffy gold juvenile Harbor Seal in the golden light of sunrise -an amazingly relaxed, young Harbor Seal was close to shore this morning, sleeping, stretching, yawning, and scratching. More photos tomorrow when I have time to sort through all.

And a duo of American Wigeons (both male) were foraging on the sea lettuce floating around the rocky coast. More about them, too. 🙂 Notice their electric green eye patches and baby blue bills.

sea smoke, beach and coast | beauty after the storm

Off Good Harbor Beach Gloucester, MA

Gloucester MA after storm sea smoke on the water crisp wintry morning beauty of New England IMG_20180107_091407

First for me-With the low temperatures, a white rainbow arch of thin ice dressed the entire length of Long Beach at low tide.

Long Beach with arch of thin layer of ice low tide IMG_20180107_092723

DAYBREAK AT THE JONES RIVER SALT MARSH

Happy Late Summer!

Jones River Salt Marsh Gloucester copyright Kim SmithI hear lots of unhappy exclamations that summer is ending. No need to despair, the last day of summer is September 21st, still five weeks away. We’re just coming into the most atmospheric and beautiful season of all–September and October being two of the best months anywhere in New England–especially on Cape Ann!

Jones River Salt Marsh Gloucester -2 copyright Kim Smith Jones River Salt Marsh Gloucester -3 copyright Kim Smith Jones River Daybreak