Tag Archives: Niles Beach

#GLOUCESTERMA FROZEN IN A HAZE OF SEA SMOKE WINTER STORM 2019 – GOOD HARBOR BEACH, LIGHTHOUSES, CITY HALL, NILES BEACH

Snapshots from a brief tour around the back shore while out doing errands. With temperatures hovering at 5 degrees, Cape Ann was blanketed with a thick layer of impenetrable ice, snow squalls, and sea smoke.

Happy to see the temperatures are heading towards the forties after Tuesday!

A crazy person surfing at GHB

Minnow Hullabaloo

What is happening here? A hungry swim of cormorants have pushed a stream of bait fish towards the shallow shore waters. The minnows are met by equally as hungry Snowy Egrets and Great Egrets waiting on the rocks. I’ve watched many egrets eat prey and they often toss it about in the air for half a minute before swallowing whole, I think to line it up so the fish or frog goes straight down its gullet. At that very moment when the egrets are adjusting their catch, the gulls swoop in and try to snatch the minnows from the egrets.

This scene was filmed at Niles Beach. My friend Nancy shares that she has observed the egret and cormorant feeding relationship many mornings over by where she lives on the Annisquam River.

Rock On Moms!

I stopped this morning to take a snapshot of the lifting fog when the beach combing mom and her little boy came on the scene. For all the moms making wonderful memories for their children, Happiest of Mother’s Days to You!

Gloucester Harbor Beach Combers c Kim Smith

Niles Beach Sunset

Niles Beach Boston skyline Gloucester sunset ©Kim Smith 2014The late summer sunset began quietly, in soft shades of coral rose and lavender blue. The sky’s light swiftly transformed to a riotous rainbow of super saturated hues.Niles Beach Gloucester ma sunset ©Kim Smith 2014

Click image below to view larger panorama.

Niles Beach Gloucester Ma sunset panorama ©Kim Smith 2014Niles Beach

Gloucester Seagulls

Random snapshots from recent photo trips with Fujufilm X-E1. Ubiquitous, and from every vantage point, the gulls always make their presence known. Gloucester seagulls are the best–so photogenic!

 

Click photos to view larger.Gloucester Seagull  ©Kim Smith 2013-1

Gloucester Seagull  ©Kim Smith 2013-2Gloucester Seagull and Geese  ©Kim Smith 2013-1.

Gloucester Seagull  ©Kim Smith 2013-3.Gloucester Seagull  ©Kim Smith 2013-4

 

Sunset Swim

We’re having a heat wave,

A tropical heat wave,

The temperature’s rising,

It isn’t surprising,

She certainly can-can.

Niles Beach

First day of summer and first swim of the season!  Last night we packed a picnic and went for a swim–the perfect antidote to a heat wave. Tonight–more of the same!! We’re so fortunate to live in Gloucester, moments away from any number of beautiful beaches.

Snowy Egret Niles Beach

“Heat Wave” ~ Irving Berlin, from the musical “There’s No Business Like Show Business.”

Dead Dolphin Washed Ashore on Niles Beach

I beleive this is a juvenile Atlantic White-sided Dolphin, found washed ashore on Niles beach at 8:00 this morning. I am not sure who to call. If any of my readers know please email and in the meantime I will try to get ahold of someone at the New England Aquarium and check in with Good Morning Gloucester blog; perhaps they know.

Dead Atlantic White-sided Dolphin Lagenorhyncus acutus