Covered Bridge

The Hemlock Bridge is a covered bridge in a rural part of Fryeburg, Maine. This past weekend I visited this iconic structure and learned about it from a local farmer. Built in 1857, it carries Hemlock Bridge Road over the Old Course Saco River, near the western shore of Kezar Lake.

Hemlock Bridge

The Hemlock Bridge is a covered bridge in a rural part of Fryeburg, Maine. Built in 1857, it carries Hemlock Bridge Road over the Old Course Saco River, near the western shore of Kezar Lake in eastern Fryeburg.

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Photo Contest | Essex National Heritage Area

Photo Contest 2015 Photo Contest – Capture the Spirit of Essex County, Massachusetts

All photographers are welcome to submit images to the 2015 Essex Heritage Photo Contest that capture the unique character of the Essex National Heritage Area (Essex County) or speak to Essex Heritage’s role in preserving the historic, cultural, and natural places of Essex County. Photographs must be taken within the Essex National Heritage Area (Essex County) and represent one of the three Contest categories listed below. Please read the complete Rules & Requirements and send in an Entry Form for your chance to win! All entries must be postmarked by Monday, December 1, 2015.

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Humpback vs. Boston Whaler

Today, Molly and I celebrated her 14th birthday, a few days ahead of time, with a whale watch out of Gloucester, MA. We booked passage for the 5 hour journey on the Miss Cape Ann, operated by Captain Bill & Sons. We met about 10 Humpbacks, one shark, and numerous sea birds on the 60 mile round-trip excursion to the fertile Stellwagon Bank Marine Sanctuary. The on-board naturalist from The Blue Ocean Society knew each and every one of the whales by name, identified by the patterns on their flukes.

Too close for comfort! Humpback whale sends a greeting to a 15 footer.

Too close for comfort! Humpback whale sends a greeting to a 15 footer.

Whales swam blithely under our large boat, and a whale mother and child exhibited their nursing skills without a care in the world

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May Wildflowers

Found in Breakheart Reservation, Wakefield, MA today.

Wood Anemone

Wood Anemone, Anemone quinquefolia a member of the buttercup family. Found in Breakheart Reservation, Wakefield, MA in early May.

Wild Oats

Uvularia sessilifolia, wild oats in Breakheart Reservation, Wakefied, MA, on an early May afternoon.

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Gloucester Harbor 2

In preparation for an upcoming photo Meetup I spent the afternoon at my favorite spot in Essex County: Gloucester, Massachusetts where 300 years of fishing tradition continue, amid economic hardship, tough fishing restrictions, and offshore competition.

The reflections and colors of the harbor have held my attention for 30 years. Today, I was lucky to visit The State Pier when the trawlers Endeavour and Challenger were unloading their catch of herring. The result of several days fishing in the Hudson Gorge, the herring were being loaded on two flatbed tractor-trailers for a trip to Deer Isle, Maine for distribution as lobster bait.

Reflections in Gloucester harbor
New Propeller on a wooden boat at Gloucester Marine Railways shipyard.
Old Pier Reflections
Reflections
Blue Reflections
The new pier in Gloucester
Dories built and rowed in Gloucester
Lobster boats
This old lobster boat may need a lot of help.
Unloading Herring
The Dragger Endeavour
Sunset on the Annisquam from The Cut Bridge.

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