Sunday, December 20, 2009

Snow arrives in Friendship

It was a monumental storm in D.C., in Philadelphia (23.5 inches - a 150 year high), and eastern Long Island. But just a 2" dusting here in Mid-Coast Maine where everyone from away thinks vast amounts fall.

Click on thumbnail to enlarge photo. - gwc

Friday, December 18, 2009

Two days later

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It takes more than one cold day to freeze a river 3 feet deep

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Freezing morning in December - Back River, Friendship, Maine

The Back River is an arm of the Meduncook River which separates Cushing and Friendship. This shot was taken near high tide on Wednesday, December 16. Though snow had fallen, and there had been some cold days, there had been a thaw after the first cold snap, The ground was still wet and workable. Wednesday was a freezing day. Thursday it headed down to 5 F and the ground froze.
Shots of the Back River (the one above) were taken from our land. (Mostly through the living window.) Those from a height are mainly from east Salt Pond Road, Cushing. The slideshow is chronological from December 13 (when I got here) until December 31, god willing.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Fedoras, Bowlers, & Caps

As you know I am rarely seen on the street without a hat. I wear caps at home. I just don't like that I am so bald. I like being the odd man fashion wise - wearing fedoras often. And I do think that men look good wearing hats. Look at these baseball fans in 1910 watching a baseball game from a roof across the street from Shibe Park (Connie Mack stadium), home of the Philadelphia Athletics (later of K.C. and Oakland).
Click image to enlarge

Monday, December 14, 2009

Maple Juice Cove - 3:30 PM Low Tide

Winter shrimp -Port Clyde Fresh Catch

The winter shrimp run has begun. It's dragger caught now. Later we'll get trap shrimp. $1.50/lb on the roadside. Still bountiful sea.

What matters to you about the seafood you eat?

  • That it’s wild-caught in an environmentally sustainable way?
  • That it’s of exceptional quality and handled with great care?
  • That you can trace the short, speedy path it follows from the moment it’s harvested until it reaches your plate?
  • That you’re helping sustain one of the last traditional fishing villages in Maine?

If your answer is “yes”, then Port Clyde Fresh Catch™ lobster, shrimp, fish, and crab are for you.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Hunters of Greenland

The Times has posted a spectacular slideshow by Ragnar Axelsson of hunters in the east of Greenland who spend up to two months on the ice. It looks like Ansel Adams' Yosemite carved in ice. A wonderful place to visit if it weren't so...cold.
Well maybe in the summer for the salmon run....if it weren't for the...mosquitoes.
One of my heroes - Rockwell Kent - was shipwrecked there and stayed, painting what Axelsson has photographed. His stay was warmed by... Salamina.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Provincetown Sleigh Ride

Nantucket Sleigh Ride is what they called being hauled around the ocean in a skiff with a harpoon in a whale - in the days of Ahab.

Dave Lamoureux paddles his 12 foot kayak off Race Point, Provincetown, Mass and gets the same thrill when he - occasionally - hooks a blue fin tuna - and 3 times now - lands one. The pictures are above and the story HERE
Images: Captain Andrew Poce via Dave Lamoureux, and the New York Times

Unnamed Tall Ship

From Bowsprite

Friday, November 27, 2009

Changing New York 1932-1935: Photographs by Berenice Abbott

The great photographs taken by Berenice Abbott for the Federal Arts Project 1932-1935, are available online thanks to the New York Public Library. Below are some thumbnails. Click on Changing New York 1932-1935 to view the images.
They are: St. Bartholemew's Church and Waldorf Tower, Starrett Lehigh Bldg - West Street, tug, Lackawanna RR- Freight Station-North River, Pier 11, Penn Station, rail freight cars - East River piers, Central Jersey RR rail-ferry station - North River, East River Skyport, Manhattan Bridge

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Good design: Portsmouth Lobster boats

Lobster boats, Portsmouth - 2009. Thanks to Tugster

Obama Type Cast

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Transat Jacques Favre: Rescue at Sea

There is little more dramatic and rare than a rescue at sea. Sebastien Josse, the great French solo sailor, and his crew in the short-handed Transat Jacques Vabre (a peculiarly French obsession) had that rare and wonderful (looking back) experience. The Portuguese Air Force video is below. The Team BT Imoca 60 has been found and is now under tow.

The race began November 8. It is a long way to go for a cup of coffee: from LeHavre, France to Port Limon, Costa Rica. There are four classes. Today is day 9 and the fleet is west of the Canaries.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Groupama: hull damage forces abandonment of Jules Verne Trophy try

Jules Verne Trophy attempt abandoned.
After five days at sea, averaging 25 knots, with a 345 mile lead over the current Jules Verne record holder - Bruno Peyron's Orange 2 - Franck Cammas and his nine crew aboard the giant trimaran Groupama 3 have abandoned their quest to claim the Jules Verne Trophy after sustaining damage. The boat is now headed to Cape Town for repairs. They crew hopes to restart from France in January.

The trophy was offered to the first yacht to sail around the world in less than 80 days. Phileas Fogg went around the globe in 79 days 6 hours 15 minutes and 56 seconds. The current holder is Orange II skippered by Bruno Peyron in 50 days 16 hours 20 minutes and 4 seconds.

The race rules are wonderfully simple:



  • Propulsion of the boat must solely be by natural forces of the wind and of the crew.
  • The Jules Verne trophy is open to any type of boat with no restrictions.
  • Crew size is not restricted.
  • The circumnavigation must be completed non-stop and with no physical outside assistance.
  • Challengers must respect safety rules.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Keeping it simple: Subway signs

Personally I don't like Helvetica, or Courier (which the New Jersey Rules of Court demand). And I do hate the 8 point internet protocol helvetica default. Don't like Verdana (like this), either. I like Times New Roman, Georgia, and other justified types. But, though purists may lament the MTA's occasional errors, you have to admit that those plain Helvetica fonts work well for subway signage.
Images: New York Times

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The A Train: Bound for Sea!

Ocean Dumping or Artificial Reef Building? That is the

Some like the Basel Action Network say it is junk science that sends junk subway cars to the ocean bottom.

Others, like the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and Ocean City, Maryland bought the line and the old cars, and, well, dumping them at sea.

Personally I would pile them higher and deeper.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Harriman Legacy to Palisades Parks - 100th Anniversary

100 years ago the Harriman family gave $1 million and 10,000 acres of land to the State of New York, forming the backbone of Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks - part of the Palisades Interstate Park.

The state had planned to build a prison on terraced land along the river at Bear Mountain. Historic Forts Clinton and Montgomery, as well as the scenic lands surrounding Bear Mountain itself, became a real possibility. Orange County residents Edward Henry Harriman and his wife Mary Averell Harriman ardently resisted this plan. Edward died unexpectedly at 61 and the gift was presented by his 18 year old son, the future Governor W. Averill Harriman. For more on the history, importance, sights, and facilities of the great parks, go the the Palisades Parks Conservancy.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Dutch depart

Just one of Tugster's beautiful shots of the Flinterborg bound for sea with its cargo of traditional Dutch vessels. (click to enlarge thumbnail)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Steel arches: Harlem River Autumn Afternoon

The Harlem River was the Harlem Creek until the ship canal cut through the monolith at Baker's Field, making a deep water channel to the Spuyten Duyvil Creek and the North (Hudson) River. The marshes of upper Manhattan and Marble Hill are gone. What remains is a nautical industrial corridor which exposes the infrastructure of the City.

The river was in fine form today, as seen aboard the Alice, in search of blues and stripers at Hell Gate where the Sound River meets the Harlem Creek.

For the complete slide show click HERE. (click on thumbnails to enlarge)