Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Sunday, December 27, 2009

In Which I Shoot My Universe

Steve's blog suggests that he is out of town. Who will take over his efforts to document the beauty of Cape Ann for the blogosphere? Guess I'll have to step in. As is our wont, Leon and I drove around Cape Ann just after Christmas.

We begain at White Beach. A small nor'easter was winding down. The surf was decent and the wind quite high. Rain early in the trip limited photography, and the low tide kept the surf from being as spectacular as I would have liked.

We saw ducks off of the Magnolia shore, but the low tide and wave action kept them too far off shore to see well.

At Eastern Point, the wind kept us off the breakwater

Waves kept crashing over the rocks. Gale force winds made it difficult to hold the camera steady. I had hoped to see purple sandpipers here, but if they were around, they were further down the breakwater.

We did see them over at Bass Rocks. Photography conditions were generally poor today- however bad weather often means that harlequin ducks are just offshore at Marmion Way in Rockport. They were!

Over at Halibut Point we saw the strangest water creatures of the day. Surfers in a nor'easter off of a very rocky shoreline are a sign of complete insanity.

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At 10:43, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Thank you.

At 13:51, Blogger rodger said...

I understand surfing in a storm but in water that cold? Nuts.

It looks like you had another wonderful trip home for the holidays.

A very Happy New Year to you and Leon!!

At 15:10, Blogger Dave Coulter said...

Very cool shots. Surfs up!

At 15:40, Blogger Will said...

The first and last pictures are my favorites from this array because they capture the rough beauty of the New England shore in winter eloquently.

Driving around the Cape is a great holiday ritual.

At 16:57, Blogger chuck said...


Don't let Rodger know about those surfers along the Gulf of Alaska who wait for those winter storms to get things hoppin' or he might freak out.

At 17:11, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like some kind of Federal Offence to me Doug "Trespassing". Tut, Tut.
Anyway great images, I'm sure Steve wont mind.

At 09:48, Blogger robin andrea said...

Really good to see that shoreline, especially in such stormy weather. Love that last pic. Quite beautiful.

At 22:31, Blogger Ur-spo said...

That looks like New england to me!

At 01:19, Blogger Kathiesbirds said...

Merry Christmas, Happy new year! Sure wish I was there to see some of those birds but I don't miss that cold weather! I have my son and grandkids here from Maine and we have been out exploring every single day! They are here until the 4th. We went to Colossal cave yesterday and today we do Reid Park Zoo! (If I ever get to bed!)

Love the last shot! Have fun and have a safe trip home!

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At 07:43, Blogger Steve Borichevsky said...

I was thinking about you when you said you were going to be in town. And then we got a Nor'easter. Sorry about that! I'm glad you got to some Purple Sandpipers.


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