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. 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!

Jay Albert

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sun, Wind, Fog and Lightning!

I gathered a few images of different weather conditions here in Gloucester.


Stormy Good Harbor Beach!

Windy day at the beach!

"SS Melon III"

Bass Rocks

Gull chicks!

Gull in flight.

Storm approaches.

Lightning strike over the harbor!

Fog bank approaches the Paint Factory in this HDR image.

"Bantry Bay"

"Unicorn"

"Allison Carol" sets lobster pots.

Birdseye parking lot.

Looking up at the 104' Ferris Wheel.

"Little Sandra"

A dory and "Razzo".

"Miss Sandy"....I'm standing on the dock during high tide!

Ocean Crest/Neptune Harvest

"Cat Eyes" caught the dock as the tide came in!

Fishermen's Memorial

City Hall silhouette!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Pavilion Beach Through the Years!

Much debate goes on about the future of the old Birdseye plant. Once the birthplace of frozen foods the property has sat vacant for a number of years. Zoned as Marine/Industrial the owners of Cruiseport Gloucester wish to turn this eyesore into a year round hotel/conference center. But to do that a zoning "overlay" to allow hotel use must be granted by the city. Opponents point out changing the zoning for this parcel the waterfront looses a Marine/Industrial component. They have referenced The New Maritime Port Economy Summit report in their battle. But this property is without any deep water dockage as I pointed out in an earlier post, and no viable Marine/Industrial venture has taken residence in all this time. Yet the report clearly notes a good reason for this hotel to go forward:
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"The city’s intrinsic charm, the many beaches, coves, and parks on the Atlantic, and a
mature and lively artistic and cultural heritage support a healthy tourism industry. The
authentic and palpable connection to 400 years of history is a valuable asset to a location
within the United States, itself a federation for only 236 years. Tourism is understood well
in Gloucester; there is a strong community value that development must be managed to
sustain the sense of place – the authenticity of the City. There is acknowledgement that the
fishing industry is an essential component of what defines Gloucester. The amenities and
community services that can be developed to support travel and tourism also offer support
to emerging industry sectors. If hotels can support both business travelers and tourists, the
entire community benefits from high quality retail areas with restaurants, shops, and
amenities that might not exist without dollars brought in by tourists and business traveler"
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"Designed to protect and preserve marine industrial land, the regulations fail to recognize
that many marine industrial uses cannot be accommodated in an urban waterfront like
Gloucester’s, as they require larger areas of land and do not necessarily need the
continuous water access of a harbor front property. Fish processing in Gloucester has
demonstrated this fact as these facilities have moved inland."
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And if history is any indication of what this beach can support, looking back at The Tavern which is right next door can be a look into the future!


1907

1927

1930

1938

1949

1950

1958

2010

Schooner passes by

Kayak & schooner.

Birdseye

"Harvey Gamage" off Pavilion Beach.

Greasy Pole walkers.

Crowds build on the beach.

Sunday Greasy Pole champ makes it to the beach!

Flood Tide 1/12/12.

Pavilion Beach as the sun sets last week.

The Tavern last week.

Skipping stones!

Splash at sunset!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Is In The Air!

A warm spell has hit the coast, though this winter has been mild compared to years past, it's always welcome to get out and enjoy the weather. I threw together a few random shots of the past, then finished with Sunday's sunset.

Watching the kids!

Swan family.

Did he just say "Aflac"?

Can't resist Goldfish!

Schooner "Virginia" emerges behind the spay of "Gateway Endeavor".

"Adventure"

Thacher Island

Big breaker!

Eastern Point Light

Fog bank approaches.

Lobster boat heads out.

"Midnight Sun"

Rusted vents on the Birdseye plant.

Fitz Henry Lane house in the mirror.

Fitz looks out.

Fitz....being Fitz!

Crying gull!

Sun sets behind "UU Church".

Waning light.

Sun sets behind the Fishermen's Memorial.

"Glosta Logic"

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

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Unloading Haddock !

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25th Annual Gloucester Schooner Festival Slideshow !

SailGloucester 2009 Slideshow !

"A Gloucester Christmas ! "

Allie Hates Soccer!