Whirlwind trip to Cape May to check on the late, great Monarch migration of 2017. Leaving at 5am, from Gloucester, it is an eight to nine hour drive. I spent the afternoon and evening there and then left the following day at noon. Although brief, I found all that I was looking for and much, much more. There are vast areas of wildlife habitat along the southern New Jersey coastline and so many beautiful connections between Cape Ann and Cape May; I would love to return again soon!

The Monarchs are in trouble. I am hoping with all my heart that the tens of thousands that are currently held back by winds blowing from the wrong direction, along with intermittent inclement weather, will be able to cross the Delaware Bay as soon as possible. Will write much more this weekend after catching up with work and after I am able to sort through photos. 


Cape May Lighthouse

New Photo Adventure

When I was about eight years old I began to help my dad develop film in our basement darkroom. My job was to separate the paper backing from the film rolls before immersing them in the developer tank.It wasn’t long until I had my own camera and, with help, started processing my own film. Cameras have not been far from my reach ever since.

But things change. Although I had a home wet darkroom for many years, the digital photography sirens’ seductive call entranced me and I fell under its spell. In around 2003 I bought my first digital single lens reflex (Nikon D100)and have been shooting digital ever since.

Until now. There is something about film photography that still attracts me. Yes, you give up the instant gratification of viewing your images immediately, but you gain the ability to be patient while the film sits undeveloped in your camera. And since film can be expensive, I believe the photographer learns to be more discerning when deciding composition and camera settings. I also believe, despite the wonderful quality of digital cameras and editing programs, that an image caught on film is somehow more “real” than a bunch of dots arranged, not by the picture taker, but by a computer scientist who can’t know what meaning or feeling you hope your photo captures.

Anyway, I recently bought a wonderful compact 35mm rangefinder film camera. For those who are interested in such things, it is a Voigtlander Bessa r2m. It is fully mechanical and manual and can shoot without a battery, although they are needed to power the in camera meter, if you choose to use it.

This does not mean that I am giving up digital photography. First of all, with the volume of photos I take, I would go broke very quickly paying for film and processing.Secondly, digital photography often yields beautiful results. Its convenience cannot be ignored and the variety of digital gear that is available to the enthusiast is mind boggling. I see the two,digital and film,as being complementary; each for its own purpose and use.

So here are a few shots from the first roll of film shot with the R2M. These are not masterpieces, but simply a starting point for me to get reacquainted with an old friend.
(All shot on Kodak 400 T-max film.)

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October 🌈 around Gloucester Fisherman’s Memorial


background sky beyond Man at the Wheel with faint rainbow arching to Gloucester Tavern

Big October skies for Gloucester, MA. Yesterday’s afternoon rainbow was radiant, vast and fast

Nichole’s Picks 10/28 + 10/29

Pick #1:  Halloween Haunted Happenings in Rockport

The town of Rockport has all sorts of fun things planned for Sunday.  Pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating through town, a showing of Hocus Pocus and more.  Check out their facebook page HERE

Pumpkin carving begins in Harvey Park at 11:30

Trick or Treating takes place between 3:30-5:30 throughout the shops downtown

From 6:00-8:30 a screening of Hocus Pocus takes place in Harvey Park and the concession stand will be open.


Pick #2:  Goosebumps: Phantom of the Auditorium the Musical

Brooke and Zeke have been cast as the leads in the school’s new production of an old play about a…Phantom. Strange things start disrupting rehearsals and they have to wonder: is this someone’s idea of a joke? Or is the Phantom real? A silly and spooky adventure ensues that will keep the whole family in suspense until the final curtain! Suggested for families with young people ages 7-16+. The show is 70 minutes long with no intermission.



Pick #3:  Ipswich Ale Halloween Extravaganza

Saturday at 2 PM – 5 PM

The Ipswich Ale Brewery will be one stop that you won’t want to miss on your trick-or-treating route this year!

Swing by the brewery for free beer samples and take in the spooky sights and sounds of the brewery.

Don’t forget to bring the kids and let them sip on an Ipswich Soda Pop or snack on some candy while they show off their costumes!


As always for a comprehensive list of family activities visit our friends at North Shore Kid

We attended the first public showing of Ron Gilson and Jim LaBelle’s film Gloucester’s Golden Age of Fishing Part 2 at the Rose Baker Senior Center yesterday morning.  The room was packed and the film was well received by the group, which seemed to recognize many of the names and places that were shown throughout the film.  Another GMG intrepid contributor was there with his camera, so you may see those soon.  It’s a GREAT movies and I encourage you to see it.  It will be shown again at the Sawyer Free Library Nov 18 at 1 pm.

Thank you to the Rose Baker Senior Center for hosting and making last minute adjustments to accommodate the crowd for the film.  Thank you Ron Gilson for your expert and thorough coverage of Gloucester’s fishing industry from about 1940-55.  We loved the film and will hope to see it again.

We were so moved by the movie, that we went right over to the Cape Ann Museum for a further dose of Gloucester history.


It’s one of my favorite places to go.  We were anxious to see the World War II veterans display but that opens today Oct 27 so we’ll have to go back.  Not a problem!


Now Is The Time To Book A Tuna Charter If You Really Wanna Catch One With @FVHardMerch

It’s not easy to catch a tuna, but right now they are THICC off our coast and Dave Marciano is crushing them.  Book a charter now!

For more information on charters please email Captain Dave at david@fvhardmerchandise.com

Jill Cahill selected as Community Development Director

Cape Ann Community

Jill Cahill selected as Community Development Director

Gloucester resident & former legislative administrator to lead Community Development

Gloucester, MassOctober 2016 – Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken announced the appointment of Jill Cahill as Community Development Director overseeing her economic development initiatives.  Upon confirmation, he is set to assume her post on October 16, 2017.

IMG_0520 (1)Mayor Theken said, “Jill will be an incredible asset to this City.  She’s demonstrated a commitment and passion for Gloucester that will only help to improve the quality of life in our City.  Jill will lead efforts to maximize opportunities for all of Gloucester’s residents and business owners.  With Jill at the helm, I am confident we will create more economic opportunities throughout our city and take Gloucester to the next level.”

In her role, Cahill will work closely with the Mayor’s Office, developing and implementing plans, policies and programs to coordinate the physical growth…

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