Aug 022014
 

The majestic The Charles W. Morgan tall ship out for a sail_FINAL B&W

The majestic Charles W. Morgan tall ship out for a sail

On a whale watching trip of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (photos here), we saw the Charles W. Morgan tall ship out for a sail. The Charles W. Morgan is a (fairly recently) restored, former whaling vessel that sailed from Long Island Sound to Boston Harbor in the summer of 2014. We saw it on July 12th during one of its day tours of Stellwagen Bank.  As you can see here, I grabbed a few shots from various distances and angles.  For good measure, I threw a couple other photos from the tour into this post: one of another sailing vessel, and one of Duxbury Pier Light. UPDATE: 2/15/15: I reprocessed the photo at the top of the post in B&W and am quite happy with the results.

And here’s the Charles W. Morgan tall ship up closer and in color: The Charles W. Morgan (closer up)

Jul 252014
 

water off the tail fin (with tug boat)
water off the tail fin (with tug boat)

Whale watching trip on a glorious July day, heading out of Plymouth Harbor on a four-hour tour of the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Saw an incredible number of Humpback Whales (more than on any other whale watch I’ve been on, and I’ve been on a few).

Humpback whales often feed by skimming the surface of the water, open-mouthed, capturing small fish, krill and other zooplankton by filtering them through their baleen.

Here are a few shots from the whale watch, including shots of a Humpback blow hole, an exhaling Humpback blowing spray, and Humpbacks diving and filter feeding (and attracting gulls and other sea birds to feast on any leftovers).  Full set on Flickr.

I also got a few good shots of sea birds and ducks.
take off