harvest-moon-2016-copyright-kim-smithLast night’s Harvest Moon rising was spectacular, especially the striations of clouds in the moonglow. Early this morning the moon was nearly as big and beautiful too, and as I was setting up my gear, Snowy Egrets flew into the setting moon.



You may be wondering why I have been posting so many sunrise photos, more than usual, from GHB (sincerely hoping its not boring). I spent a good part of the summer there filming the Piping Plovers and other beautiful species of wildlife, but I am also there gathering B-roll for all film projects. While the movie camera is running, it’s fun to take stills as well.

Almost invariably, the light is at its prettiest well before the sun rises. I like the blues and violets in the first photo. The second photo was taken about five minutes later. Which one do you prefer? 

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Judith Robinson Cox at Cake Ann


Next time you are at Cake Ann, be sure to have a look at the fun and whimsical work of Judith Robinson Cox currently hanging in the bakery. Judith has arranged and photographed her miniatures atop Cake Ann confections.

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Kouign Amann Canyon

Fish Box Derby Postponed

Dear Friends of the Fish Box Derby,

For the first time in 23 years, the Fish Box Derby Race scheduled for Sunday, September 18th has been postponed indefinitely due to the likelihood of rain. Because the rented hay used to line the racecourse cannot get wet, it is not available, therefore there is no way to safely run the race.

No date has been set for another attempt as the parking lot used for the pit area is not available in the coming weeks, and city permits for road closures must be resubmitted. A race in the spring is possible.

Funds received for charitable advertising along the racecourse will carry over to the next race.


Last chance: Michael Mazur, Gabor Peterdi, Gloucester artist Rachel Perry; Lotte Jacobi@Decordova

Go! “Overgrowth” and  “Lotte Jacobi, Lisette Model: Urban Camera” close tomorrow. Decordova then readies for the Biennial which opens next month.

Mazur loved the Decordova. Nice to see his work with a monumental Peterdi and a dynamite Kollowitz portrait. The Perry is great.

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Greening of Gloucester, Tonno, Beauport, Trustees of Reservations featured in North Shore magazine

North Shore Magazine October issue. The Greening of Gloucester illustration is by Julie McLaughlin.


Greening of Gloucester: This seacoast town is recognized as one of the leading clean energy communities in the state. ” By Sarah Shemkus

“Enlightened Italian- Chef Anthony Caturano has a boat moored in Gloucester Harbor named Tonno-– Italian for tuna. So it’s not surprise that when the talented Boston chef opted to open a second seafood restaurant  focused on coastal Italian cuisine, Gloucester was on his mind.” Tonno Restaurant review by Jeanne O’Brien Coffey

“Gilded Age: The new Beauport Hotel recalls the glamour of old-school seaside resorts.” by Jeanne O’Brien Coffey

“Celebrating Preservation: One woman honors the Trustees of Reservations’ 125th anniversary through her personal story of the organization” by Victoria Abbott Riccardi. Her father was its executive director from 1966-84. Ravenswood Park was the 77th property, added in 1993. The Trustees second acquisition,  Mount Ann Park Gloucester, happened in 1897. Magnolia Shore was acquired in 1936 but deeded back to Gloucester in 1959. Two stories to look into there.

Read more North Shore magazine

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Buttonwood Farm, CT

Being sunflower season, sharing some images from another one of my favorite sunflower spots.  Buttonwood Farm in CT whose blooms are now past but every year they have an event called Sunflowers for Wishes.  They sell bunches of sunflowers to benefit the Make-a-wish foundation!   Love that 😋


Closet Case Autumnal Transition September 22

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Paul Catania here checking in to let you know I’ll be running my monthly party “Closet Case” again Thursday October 22, 2016. We’ll be at The Cape Ann Cinema and Stage again and I want to reach out to say thank you SO SO much for helping get the word out last time around. The turnout was unexpected and the overall feel of the night was a happy and positive one. Lots of laughs and the attendees left with big smiles. Again, thank you so much. Here is the flyer for the event this time around and the event page….”ref”%3A98%2C”action_history”%3A”null”%7D&aref=98

First overnight cook on the @webergrills Smokey Mountain Smoker For Tomorrow’s #RedSox #Yankees Game

More from Joey’s BBQ Blog –

Northeast BBQ

Started the coals on the Performer, set up the smoker using the minion method with Apple wood chunks and cherry chips. Dumped 12 lit coals into the center of the charcoal basket and let smoker climb to 200 before closing all three bottom vents 75% shut and leaving the top vent wide open.

Pork Butt hit the smoker around 8:50PM.

The temps will be monitored by the Maverick 733 remote thermometer. At 9:17PM the Grate temp is 261.

Update 4:00AM-

Woke to check temps on the smoker and she was cruising along at 223 grill grate temp. The butt internal temp at 190 degrees.

4:45AM Pork button internal temp is 196 degrees, she will…

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