Little houseboat in the great frozen salt marsh #Gloucester MA

A photo journal after the storm documenting and comparing a few iconic and sweeping Gloucester vistas on January 7, 2018, when all was white ice frozen, and again after the Great Thaw on January 13 2018.

Gloucester Motif- the house boat in view just before the turn off at Nichols

Little house boat in the great frozen salt marsh - Gloucester MA January 7 2018 three days after historic winter storm © c ryan_095245


The Little House boat in the great frozen salt marsh reminded me of a mash up of two of Virginia Lee Burton’s children’s picture books inspired by Gloucester — Little House and Katy and the Big Snow. Here’s the little floating houseboat after the thaw at low tide January 13, 2018.

Little house boat in the great salt marsh - Gloucester MA January 13 2018 after thaw from historic winter storm © c ryan__133100

At high tide earlier in the day, January 13

Little house boat in the great salt marsh - Gloucester MA January 13 2018 after thaw from historic winter storm © c ryan__072700.jpg

Good Harbor Beach drive by three days after the storm


Good Harbor Beach salt marsh drive by one week after the storm and great thaw


Below the read more break: additional winter comparison photos (icebergs on the marsh by Lobster Land, Good Harbor Beach parking lot, Good Harbor Beach salt marsh, Stoney Cove pier at Little River & Annisquam River)

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sea smoke, beach and coast | beauty after the storm

Off Good Harbor Beach Gloucester, MA

Gloucester MA after storm sea smoke on the water crisp wintry morning beauty of New England IMG_20180107_091407

First for me-With the low temperatures, a white rainbow arch of thin ice dressed the entire length of Long Beach at low tide.

Long Beach with arch of thin layer of ice low tide IMG_20180107_092723

STORM video and the morning after #GloucesterMA Good Harbor Beach and Long Beach

Thinking of those dealing with no power, evacuation and such destructive, icy flooding. 

January 5, 2018  vs Storm January 4, 2018

Long Beach Gloucester MA side morning after blizzard IMG_20180105_07 © c ryan


Today  here come the surfers


Rocks have clear icy layers and crunch pack, some pockets of drift



I’m following up on yesterday’s post, which was stopped midstream as we lost power. Scroll below for quick snaps and videos from my walk to Good Harbor Beach, Long Beach, and side streets.


About 2PM January 4, 2017 (high tide was several hours earlier)

Good Harbor Beach on sand looking out to Salt Island (from Good Harbor Beach Inn side of beach) Yes, the waves were rolling over the wall up to the homes but infrequently at this time. I don’t know what it was like at high tide.


(more Good Harbor Beach and Long beach below the break)

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Happy Dog Running Glistening Long Beach

Rockport to Gloucester and back again, speeding along for a shore close-up at the very end. We couldn’t resist filming the speedy little guy. Did the dog know? Hoping this Monday minute whisks you away to a fabulous shore.


Any soundtrack can work. I was tempted to write ‘Ryan’s dog’… The west coast of Ireland vistas in the movie Ryan’s Daughter flicked in my mind. The 1970 movie was directed by David Lean, cinematography by Freddie Young, and score by Maurice Jarre.

Ryan's daughter

Top Junior Players in the Northeast Hit MAC Tennis Courts for Training Camp

This weekend, Manchester Athletic Club welcomed 24 of the most elite junior tennis players across the northeast region of the nation to come together for a two-day, high-intensity camp that focused on player training, character on and off the court, and the roles of players, parents and coaches. This weekend’s camp is one of several of this caliber held at Manchester Athletic Club since the club was named a Regional Training Center by the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

Players born between 2000 and 2002 who display the greatest potential in their age groups were hand-selected by USTA regional player development directors and national coaches to train together for this prestigious two-day session. Many players already have national rankings, with seven of Manchester Athletic Club’s MAC Tennis Academy players in the mix, including: Chris Li of Westford, Sydney Weinberg, Nilos Makino and Julia Thompson of Winchester, Lexi Kubas of Ellington, CT, Grace Campanella of Wells, ME, and Alex Finklestein of Raynham, MA, who took home the USTA Courage Award.

Leading the USTA RTC Camp this weekend were nine USTA Regional Training Center Pros from across New England, as well as the Eastern and Middle States section, including USTA National coach Jay Devashetty of New York and MAC Academy coaches Francisco Montoya, Ricardo Munar and Todd Carpenter.

“Being the only USTA Regional Training Center in New England has brought our program many advantages.” said Todd Carpenter, Director of Tennis at Manchester Athletic Club. “Being able to offer our players the opportunity to play against their peers at the highest level in the country right here at their home training base is certainly one of those advantages.”

MAC players and members of the surrounding community will have another opportunity to watch tennis at its top level when Manchester Athletic Club becomes home to the Boston Lobsters, New England’s professional tennis team, this summer.

Manchester Athletic Club is located in Manchester by-the-Sea, MA, and is one of only 17 USTA regional training centers in the country. The full service health club features 11 tennis courts, the Gymazing! Child Center for preschool-aged children, iXl programs for young teens, a fitness and strength training center staffed with certified professional trainers, indoor aquatics center, multiple group exercise studios, and an outdoor pool with playground. For information about the MAC Tennis Program, contact Todd Carpenter, Director of Tennis, at Manchester Athletic Club: 978-526-8900 ext. 238 or