Open Swim for a good cause was a record! WCVB Channel 5 story

Impressive feat for a worthy cause. Congratulations to Michael Klonsky and the reporters for a great story!

He has trained in Cape Ann waters, too.

https://www.wcvb.com/article/swimmer-raises-thousands-for-greater-boston-food-bank-with-record-swim/41296054

beauty of fog unfolding – a Magic Realism morning on good Harbor Beach, Long Beach, Twin Lights

fleeting and atmospheric low tide vistas photos: c. ryan, 7/17/2022

Good Harbor Beach | Long Beach

Thinking about 19th and 20th century painters and printmakers including Ben Shahn, Laura Knight, Peter Hurd, George Tooker, Caspar David Friedrich, Eric Ravilious, Hopper, Morandi, others

Long Beach Parking Lot Now on instagram. Come visit!

Search for and follow longbeachparkinglot on Instagram (one word, all lower case) Open every day at 8AM. Bathrooms, shower and changing rooms available.

Summer days and beach signs – Long Beach parking lot. No reservations needed. photos: c. ryan

Beach games

Summer sports

heart surf Long Beach motif

Criss Cross Milk Island Criss Cross to Twin: Watch Out for Right whales feeding here again! between Long Beach and Good Harbor Beach #RockportMA #GloucesterMA

Spring time in Gloucester! Right whales visible from the shore May 5 and May 6, 2022. Not as close as 2018, but we could still hear the blows!

video snippets (3.5 min)

Donna Ardizzoni posted about the (humpback) whales off Magnolia last week.

Make Way for Wild turkeys – by Long Beach #GloucesterMA

Four wild turkeys paraded through the neighborhood.

Photo description: wild turkeys spring courtship time. Striking big male displaying with three disinterested females. They were busy foraging and moving out while he was strutting. One female was momentarily distracted by its own reflection in the front bumper of a parked car. (photos: c. ryan)

2021 Wild Turkeys cross Thatcher Road

Last March I saw 18 cross Thatcher Road, between Good Harbor Beach and Long Beach Dairy Maid, just past Witham.

Powdered Rooftops and Streets #GloucesterMA Winter snow

Winter walks and drives after snow storms February 15 and February 26, Gloucester, Mass.

Feb. 26 Powdered roofs and streets

on the morning after snowstorm left 8-10″

Feb. 26 – Boulevard and beaches

Feb. 26 Shades of Blue and powder

February 15, 2022 sunrise

February 15, 2022 Looking for Hibbard

Thinking about all the colors in snow with light and shadow, and artists impressions of white, prompted a brief mission to Cape Ann Museum followed by a Rockport confirmation pass. (I know the Motif has been rebuilt and situated, and the Hibbard hill is fancy. Still. The thrill of tracing is immediate here!)

Cape Ann and Monhegan Island Vistas, CAM temporary exhibition did not disappoint and marked a rare stop since pre-covid. In January 2021 I was masked and looking at another Hibbard on display at CAM.

artists specific to this post – Aldro Hibbard, Henry Martin Gasser, Don Stone

Goose down, sunny and snowing #GloucesterMA, Manchester, Rockport

February 6, 2022 – about 8 AM.

A bright winter morning. Snowing. 10 degrees.

winter octopus fence with snow pile like sea foam

Snowing Long Beach – circle view

Goose down– and goose up :). Vid. clip geese dropping down to marsh behind the Long Beach cottages

sugared dune grass and ice blasted following Friday’s winter storm #GloucesterMA

Feb. 5, 2022 Long Beach (Rockport and Gloucester, MA.) snapshots about 8am.

How much snow?

Stone and metal surfaces are ice blasted with a fresh snow dusting 1/2″ – 2″ between Long Beach and Good Harbor Beach. By daylight, the coastal rocky shoreline between the beaches would normally reveal a highway of wildlife tracks and drama. There were none today which means the rocks are thick slick coated. Instead it’s the natural surfaces- -grass, sand, brush– worn and riveted. When they’re not icy, wildlife favor those bare surfaces.

View out the windows- glazing is ice blasted

ice, ice railing | pics show metal, glass and stone vs. grass, sand, etc to give an idea of what’s out there

Want to identify local wildlife from winter tracks in the snow?

Wonderful children’s picture book

Let’s Go! Animal Tracks in the Snow! by Diane Polley with illustration by Marion Hall

and pocket guide by http://www.masswildlife.org

Blue skies and blanketed | Winter wonderland Sunday morning from January 29 blizzard #GloucesterMA

January 30, 2022. Gloucester, Ma. 730am. Snapshots. C.Ryan: Long Beach, Cape Ann Motor Inn, Thacher Road, Brier Neck Good Harbor Beach, Salt Island Road, Great Marsh oxbow behind Good Harbor Beach , Centennial, Boulevard, Duncan, Fitz Henry Lane / Harbor Loop,

Everywhere city and residents digging out.

FHL sledding 😉

–More coming —

snow band 10 to 11 o’clock January 29 #Blizzard2022 #GloucesterMA Good Harbor Beach Brier Neck

Gloucester, MA 10-11am white out walk. snapshots and video clips: Naomi Drive. Rockport Road. Salt Island Road. Brier Neck. Good Harbor Beach Inn. Good Harbor Beach. Thacher Road.


White out walk. Strong winds on the coast are keeping the snow inches down, and everywhere swaths of bare ground alternate with drifts ankle high to mid thigh. Snow walls are building at intersections as the busy plows stay ahead of this heavy winter battering.

Guess where?

Guess where?

Answer below break.

January 29 blizzard from #GloucesterMA- 7am Long Beach about an hour before high tide

a few snapshots and video clips from Gloucester, MA. 7:15AM (about an hour before high tide) you can click to enlarge and increase video resolution – c. ryan

Wind across sand and street feels like this (5 sec clips)

Sanderlings, winter shorebirds, stand their ground feeding in fierce winds (20 sec)

Birds are tinier than the seaweed gusting past.

sanderlings might be easier to spot in this one

Gloucester DPW has been by at least twice since 5am. The wind is swirling in all directions so the accumulation is blasted from surfaces.

MEMA power outages map shows about 23,000+ without power as of 8:11am

http://mema.mapsonline.net/