More Feathers than Fur — pat morss

Seems like mostly birds around this week, and the animals are out of sight.

Redwing on the lookout
Molting Little Blue Heron preening on the Niles Pond lily pads
We feared injury, but our family experts assured us not
It takes effort slogging through this year’s water lily crop
Easier going for this Canada Goose at the shoreline, but dining with head underwater is messy
This turkey’s nemesis (reflection) never goes away
I call this guy a Rhino-Turk
A Downy Woodpecker enjoying a decadent dessert
A Nuthatch has an advantage feeding upside down when there’s little seed left

This weekend don’t miss the 40th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival, at Stage Fort Park.

This weekend don’t miss the 40th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival, at Stage Fort Park. Over 150 booths of juried arts, crafts, food vendors, authors and musicians. Enjoy free “family style” entertainment including live music and various performance art. Bring your appetite for fantastic fair food including fried dough, fresh wraps, kettle corn, Italian sausage and more! The Rotary Club hosts annual pancake breakfast Saturday morning and The North Shore Car Club will display various antique automobiles Sunday. The Gloucester Waterfront Festival hours are Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 9am-5pm. More info at

DANCE Performances next week at Windhover


Michael Trusnovec and Company in

Legacy: Looking Forward and Glancing Backward

Friday, August 27th, 2021 at 7:30pm & 
Saturday. August 28th, 2021 at 7:30pm

Dance luminaries perform works by legendary choreographers Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, and Margie & Chris Gillis

Michael Trusnovec and Annmaria Mazzini

Rockport, MA – Windhover Center for the Performing Arts presents Michael Trusnovec & Company performing Legacy: Looking Forward and Glancing Backward on August 27th and 28th at 7:30pm. The event is a full evening of modern dance featuring works by legendary choreographers Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, and Margie & Chris Gillis, as well as new choreography.

Michael Trusnovec

The performance is conceived by Michael Trusnovec, former soloist with Paul Taylor Dance Company and hailed by the New York Times as “one of the world’s most luminous dancers.” Trusnovec is joined by Xin Ying, current star of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Annmaria Mazzini of Mazzini Dance Collective, Bradley Beakes of Doug Varone and Dancers, and dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Thryn Saxon. Additional live music is provided by virtuoso guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan.

Archival photo of Martha Graham performing Immediate Tragedy

The program includes Vers la Glace, choreographed by Margie and Chris Gillis and James Kudelka with music by Eugene Friesen, and performed by Michael Trusnovec and Annmaria Mazzini; solo from Spindrift, choreographed by Paul Taylor and danced by Michael Trusnovec; Immediate Tragedy choreographed by Martha Graham and danced by Xin Ying; A Moment More, choreographed by Hernando Cortez and performed by Michael Trusnovec, Shedding Velvet, choreographed and performed by Bradley Beakes and Thryn Saxon, and additional choreography by the company.

Tickets are $34 and are available at or by contacting the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or

For more information about Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, please visit

North and South

While going by Thacher Island the other day I took some quick photos that demonstrate how its twin lighthouses line up to show due north and due south. You can see that, when heading exactly north or south, the lighthouses line up so that one is no longer visible.

Read more about Thacher Island here:

Cape Ann Makers Market Postponed!

Please join us at the Cape Ann Makers Market next Thursday Aug 26 from 4-8 PM at the Paint Factory. (rescheduled due to weather forecast) I will be displaying notecards, prints, coasters and other items with some of the images below. Additional images and details available at Pat D’s Photos and Adventures Facebook page. When I signed up (with 30 or so other vendors), it seemed like a long time in the future but now it’s here and I’m a little nervous as I am new at this. So I hope you will stop by to say hello. Mention GMG and get a discount on items with whales on them (notecards excluded but anything else!).