Aug 122016

Eastern Point Light
Eastern Point Light

Gorgeous August day in Gloucester and Rockport, Massachusetts, including a visit to Gloucester Harbor, Eastern Point Light in Gloucester, and Long Beach in Rockport, with views of the Thatcher Island Twin Lighthouses (consisting of Cape Ann South Light and the Thatcher Island North Light).


Gloucester Gig RowersGloucester Gig Rowers

Here’s a shot, above, of the Gloucester Gig Rowers in Gloucester Harbor. The Gig Rowers sponsor races and offer regular rowing events for all skill levels.


Thacher Island Twin Lighthouses (with outboard motorboat)Thacher Island Twin Lighthouses (with outboard motorboat)

Gloucester Harbor Scene (boats and buoys)Gloucester Harbor Scene (boats and buoys)

Surf's Up on Long Beach (well, sorta)Surf’s Up on Long Beach (well, sorta)

pond and lily pad layers (with swan)pond and lily pad layers (with swan)

Eastern Point Light from the BreakwaterEastern Point Light from the Breakwater

Jul 172016

quarry and ocean
quarry and ocean

A bright summer weekend in Rockport and Halibut Point. Halibut Point State Park, owned and managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Trustees of Reservations, includes a former quarry seen in the above photo. This Boston Globe article, Cape Ann Park Tells Ice Age Story, notes that the quarry was known for “particularly dense granite that was used to construct the Custom House Tower and Longfellow Bridge in Boston as well as New York’s Holland Tunnel and Brooklyn Bridge.” The depth of the quarry is evident by the water’s deep blue color. In a shallow pond not far away, we also saw three stages of tadpoles.

Halibut Point
Halibut Point



Here are two views of the Halibut Point State Park Visitor Center and Tower, a former World War Two artillery and fire control tower, which, according to wikipedia, was intended to assist in aiming the coastal weapons defending the harbors at Boston and Plymouth.

fortified lighthouse (with cloud)through the trees

This picturesque old shed begged to be processed in sepia (a color version may be seen here).

old shed_sepia
And finally, here’s a shot of Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse. According to Lighthouses of Cape Ann “Straitsmouth Light was built in 1835 to mark the entrance to nearby Rockport Harbor [and] is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard, but the island itself is owned by the Massachusetts Audubon Society as a bird and wildlife sanctuary.”

Straitsmouth Island Lighthouse