Sea Smoke on a very cold morning
photos: chasing rainbows blustery, sunny Saturday January 15, 2022
Only November 22, 2018 and the sea smoke off Shore Road was awesome, The wind blowing the sea smoke very impressive Mother Nature. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving
Off Good Harbor Beach Gloucester, MA
First for me-With the low temperatures, a white rainbow arch of thin ice dressed the entire length of Long Beach at low tide.
Forty-nine seconds after 7:12 AM today, sunrise occurred for the first time on Cape Ann in twenty-eighteen.
At 4 degrees the sea smoke amazing me.
Early this morning while out filming Cape Ann Lighthouses in the sea smoke, far off shore there was a Snow Goose bobbing about in the frigid waters.
Look for Snow Geese on the shore and in the water. Their feathers are white, tipped black at the outer edges, with a gray band above the black tips. Both their bills and feet are pink. There is also a dark morph, commonly referred to as the ‘Blue Goose.’
Thanks to Lyn Fonzo who last week sent a snapshot of a white goose feeding amongst the Canada Geese. She was wondering what bird. I thought it was a juvenile Snow Goose and the sighting today confirms that yes, we have (at least) one Snow Goose on our shores!
Evocative views looking through sea smoke along the shoreline this morning, from Ten Pound Island to Twin Lights, and at every vantage point along the way. On my very last stop photographing a buoy in the sea smoke, I spied a mystery bird far off shore. Bobbing in the water and with a bill not at all shaped liked a seagulls, it was a SNOW GOOSE! He was too far away to get a great photo, but wonderful to see nonetheless!
When the temperature is 2 degrees and the ocean water was 46 degrees, the sea smoke forms. It is awesome.
To all the people (Skip Montello et al) who got up at the crispy crack of dawn (see what I did there?) and took photos of the sea smoke when it was wild and crazy I thank you. Better you than me and you take better photos anyway. Find them on Facebook in “Rockport Stuff”. Skip takes some of them in Infrared which are mind boggling.
nb. There is an old wive’s tale about the noise a duck makes, the quack, does not echo. Glad we cleared that nonsense up.
As soon as I saw the Sea Smoke, had to go to Shore Road, Sea Smoke is awesome.