Born and raised in Gloucester,Ma fishing gets in your blood. Surrounded by the sea, kids here have a boat almost as much as kids elsewhere have bicycles! As I grew older my fishing ambitions gave way to what's around me. Although I still "drop a line" every so often, my attention wanders to the majesty of the natural light that make this place so special. Never is each day the same. The subjects may be the same but the light from the sea & sky will morph the subject into a form of art. Artists have been drawn to these shores for several hundred years,they followed the light painting and sketching these surroundings. What artists capture with paint on canvas, I attempt to capture with a click.....if I'm lucky!
I guess that's a sort of Fish'n!
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Gloucester's end to the Summer season is usually marked by the Labor Day weekend with the annual Gloucester Schooner Festival. But the following weekend brought oppressive humidity that was ended by a series of strong thunderstorms. Here I included more fireworks along with the Schooner Parade of Sail.
Late Saturday afternoon I grabbed my camera and headed up the hill behind my house in an attempt to capture the approaching storm. It didn't take long before the sky turned into a nasty posture. Distant rumbles of thunder crept closer and louder soon followed by flashes of lightning.. I was getting frustrated missing bolts of lightning and hung in there almost too long! Atop a hill in a thunderstorm is no place to be. After a bright flash entered my viewfinder I knew it was time to leave. The wind picked up as I headed down the hill with trees leaning over with the sound of breaking tree limbs! I made to my front door just as the sky opened the valve!
Crowds around the Fishermen's Memorial.
"Ardelle" "Adventure" and "American Eagle" at the dock.
Training aboard the USCG Barque "Eagle".
A line of schooners heads out.
Hauling away aboard the "Liberty Clipper".
"Adventure" catches the breeze.
Crowded deck aboard the "Roseway".
A gull flies by.
Off the bow.
"Roseway" and "American Eagle" converge.
Side by side.
Group heads out.
A flash of lightning breaks through the menacing clouds!
Where to begin? I guess the best place to begin is with the arrival of this years guest the USCG Barque Eagle. On Friday afternoon the majestic training ship of the US Coast Guard entered Gloucester Harbor and was greeted by a local flotilla. The weather was great for the Saturday night fireworks (More of that later) and for the Sunday morning Parade of Sail there was a brisk SW wind that filled the sails. I'd have to say this year had the biggest crowds I've seen ever for this annual event.
USCG Barque "Eagle" Arrives.
Dockside Sunday morning.
Gloucester's own "Adventure" heads out
Ex Gloucester fishing vessel "American Eagle" leads the "Adventure".
20 years asst. football coach @ Manchester/Essex Regional High School.....
30+ years in Quality Control,aerospace/high tech industries. Recently Dock Monitor for the Port of Gloucester and always looking for a new challenge!
Boating & fishing since I was a kid!....
Photography....increasing the past 10 years and still learning!