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.

Better Days Ahead – Signs of the times #GloucesterMA #CapeAnnCovid 😷

Selection of signs of the times, May 2020. Gloucester, Ma.

WEAR A MASK_Man at Wheel memorial_Signs of the times_Gloucester Mass., 6 May 2020, covid-19 © c ryanSOCIAL DISTANCE_Man at Wheel memorial_Signs of the times_Gloucester Mass., 6 May 2020, covid-19 © c ryan (1)STAY SAFE_Man at Wheel memorial_Signs of the times_Gloucester Mass., 6 May 2020, covid-19 © c ryan stacy boulevard

yard cleaning_double white _Gloucester Mass., 5 May 2020, © c ryan

CATA THANKS EMPLOYEES _Signs of the times_Gloucester Mass., covid-10, May 2020, © c ryan

Signs of the Times seen March 25, 2020 

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Spring is here | We are so excited we wet our plants

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“Spring is Here! We are so excited we wet our plants!” Wolf Hill’s clever sign is a hit with a few boys I know! Also a nice new store sign and the fleet’s out — Wolf Hill’s colorful stock of Adirondack chairs are lined up and ready.

 

74 Long Beach front row cottages in less than a minute

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The view from the boardwalk on a spring day – can you spot the two new homes?

 

Long Beach cottages from the boardwalk 1 of 3

animation 1 of 3 (first 24 homes, just past the old hotel)

 

Long Beach cottages from the boardwalk 2 of 3

animation 2 of 3 ( Laughing Water and next 25 homes )

 

Long Beach cottages from the boardwalk animation 3 of 3

animation 3 of 3 (next 24 homes)

HERALDING HARBINGER OF SPRING

Aside from Spring Peepers, is there a sound of the New England meadow that announces the arrival of spring more eloquently than that of the Red-winged Blackbird calling to his lady love? I think not. Happy Spring!

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Art! Music! Poetry! Dance! on Motif No.1 Day

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Lots of great stuff is going on this year in Rockport at the annual Motif No.1 Day. We have the Rockport Farmers Market, coffee from Twin Lights Coffee Co., burgers from Seaview Farm, lots of good stuff from the Rockport New Year’s Eve Food Booth and crepes from the soon-to-be-open StudioCrepe restaurant by the train station.

A Seaside Circus, great live music, interactive activities like the Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, poetry readings, and much more are all part of the event, not to mention the Motif No.1 Day 5K and Fun Run, with proceeds going to benefit health & wellness at Rockport Elementary School!

Go to www.rockportexchange.org for a Schedule of Events, but keep in mind more good things will be added before the festival takes place on May 21st.

Vernal Equinox 12:30 AM this morning

6:20AM twenty minutes before sunrise. It's spring but wear your mittens since it is a bit nippy out there.
6:20AM twenty minutes before sunrise. It’s spring but wear your mittens since it is a bit nippy out there.

If you click on the sunrise and enlarge you can see the Rockport Breakwater and also a very large barge. A click or two on maritime traffic and bread crumbs left behind by the tug Dolphin identifies the boat heading north five miles out. Hope the heat works on the bridge.
If you click on the sunrise and enlarge you can see the Rockport Breakwater and also a very large barge. A click or two on maritime traffic and bread crumbs left behind by the tug Dolphin identifies the boat heading north five miles out. Hope the heat works on the bridge.

64 Degrees? Skunk weed got a Chubbie.

Hope this Skunkweed knows what he's (or is it a she?) poking out so far on the First of February. Skunkweed has its own heating system so she'll probably be fine. Let's all be Skunkweed and rip the plastic wrap off our boats and start getting ready for the season.
Hope this Skunkweed knows what he’s doing (or is it a she?) poking out so far on the First of February. Skunkweed has its own heating system so she’ll probably be fine. Let’s all be Skunkweed and rip the plastic wrap off our boats and start getting ready for the season.