The Japanese defense forces couldn't stop Godzilla.....I captured the beast!

The Japanese defense forces couldn't stop Godzilla.....I captured the beast!
Spied this over Route 128 on my way home from work. Dirty windshield and strong sun glare I had to darken the image and crop out the sun. That's the only edit to what's probably my worse quality image. I figured some would get a kick out of it so I posted the pic on facebook. A few shares later it's gone world wide! Who would of thunk it?

Why I created this......

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. For that reason 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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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Views From City Hall Tower!

With permission from Mayor Carolyn Kirk I was able to climb a series of stairs and ladders to the top of Gloucester's historic City Hall tower. After a fire destroyed the original building, work was begun in 1870 for a then sum of $100,000! Recently the tower has received renovations to correct a lean in the tower and has been strengthened. The windows weren't the cleanest but I managed to get these shots. My handheld GPS showed 133' above ground level at the upper most reaches.
External view!

Central Fire Headquarters!

Good Harbor Beach and Thacher Island!

Good Harbor Beach!

The Greasy Pole!

Harbor Loop and Rocky Neck!

Looking down towards Pleasant Street!

The Fort,Ten Pound Island and the breakwater!

Looking east!

Harbor view!

Looking southwest!

Looking north!

The clock's inner workings!


Bell and striker!

Another view of the bell and striker!

The bell again!

Looking up from inside the tower!

Inside the tower!


A New England Life said...

That is very interesting Jay. What an opportunity for you!

The fort, TPI, and the breakwater view is a really interesting and beautiful view. Was it scary going up the stairs? I'm not one for heights so I doubt I could have done it.

Jay Albert said...

The stairs turned into ladders. Some looked at least as old as the building! And one set had aluminum ladders tied to them! During my younger days I was a roofer and installed antennas atop fishing vessel masts so the height doesn't bother me. It's the rickety ladders & stairs I worry about.

The CT Traveler said...

I love your pictures. especially the ones you can see the ocean in. The whole town and the harbor with those ships is so pretty.
The CT Traveler

Jay Albert said...

Thanks "CT"!
We agree!

Frank said...


Tea by the Sea said...

Thank you for the bird's eye view. Sitting 500 miles away - you helped make me feel closer to the place I called home for so long.

Anonymous said...

Awesome Jay!

Kathleen Valentine said...

Hey! I can see my house!!!

Excellent, Jay. Really excellent.

Jay Albert said...

Thanks all, Living here all my life I finally got to go up there. A couple of cuts from splinters but it was well worth it!
Hey Kathleen....Is that you in the window?

Steve B said...

I see our house too! An a lot of places that I've shot the tower from. What a fun post.

Anonymous said...

what a great view it would be a nice spot for some privately own condo's

Jay Albert said...

Great views yes...condo's no!

A New England Life said...

I think someone is trying to rile you up Jay. lol!

Anita Coullard Dziedzic said...

I always wondered what the clock looked like. Were you up there when the clock chimed?

Jay Albert said...

No....That would have given me a headache!

"Glosta Logic"

It's not "soda" and not "pop" or even "soda pop" it's "tonic"!
It's a "rotary" not a "roundabout"!
"Going up the line" is a term used when leaving the island!
A "jigga"is a homemade powerless go-cart!
It's not "Break Time or Coffee Break" it's "Mug-up"!
It's not a "water fountain" it's a "Bubbla"!

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