gloucester-city-skyline-winter-copyright-kim-smithFrom an early morning stop at the bottom of my hill, with a view towards the Harbor and City Hall (as well as a feisty Common Loon), to the creatures abounding along the shore, it was a gorgeous winter morning, and all set against a widely striped and deeply-hued winter sky backdrop.

common-loon-copyright-kim-smithCommon Loon at the pier, swimming very close to where I was standing and seemingly equally as curious about me as I was about it. 

connemara-bay-fishing-boat-gloucester-our-lady-of-good-voyage-church-copyright-kim-smithGloucester FV Connemara Bay

male-female-red-breasted-mergansers-copyright-kim-smithMale (left) and Female Red-breasted Mergansers foraging at the Harbor

brace-cove-seals-copyright-kim-smithThe Lollygaggers

american-black-ducks-copyright-kim-smithFlock of American Black Ducks

female-mallard-duck-copyright-kim-smithOrchestra of earth tones for a well-camouflaged female Mallard Duck

Many ways to give back this season with Backyard Growers!

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Embrace the spirit of giving back after the holiday season, and support Backyard Growers for another year of gardening!

If spring can’t come soon enough, consider our Give-a-Garden/Get-a-Garden program and start planning for warmer days! By joining this program, you’ll provide a garden and seeds for a low-income family in Gloucester. And you’ll receive your own backyard garden bed to grow vegetables all summer long!

Already a seasoned gardener? Share your knowledge and skills through our mentor program. As a mentor, you will provide support for new gardeners, help out at our workshops, and enjoy hands-on garden time at community plots!

For more information on our programs or to get involved, email

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