Earlier this month I posted about a visit to Cape Ann, northeast of Boston.  The post was mostly about the village of Rockport on the coast and its harbor (see the Rockport post).  Well, there’s much more to see and photograph on the Cape, itself, and I offer some examples.

The coast line continues rocky, punctuated by the occasional safe harbor for recreational craft as well as a few commercial fishing boats.  This harbor is called Lanes Cove, and it opens into Ipswich Bay.  Note the granite blocks which form the breakwaters.

Image 01


Beaches are rare and seem to be more of a crushed granite (as seen above) than the quartz (silicon dioxide) of our South Jersey shoreline.  The image below is typical of the Cape Ann shoreline.

 Wavelets coming ashore.

———————–Wavelets coming ashore.


But between the rocks here and there are old friends…the Beach Rose or Nantucket Rose or, properly, Rosa Rugosa,  The white variety is not often seen and it was lovely.

Image 11


Besides having a rocky shoreline Cape Ann is boats…boats…boats.  Here’s a pair of Gloucester dories that caught my camera’s eye.

Image 03


A pleasant drive westward took me to the village of Essex located on the Essex River which runs northeasterly into Essex Bay and thence to Ipswich Bay on the coast.   Essex also makes its living from the sea including boat rides through the marshes of the river.  At Essex there’s a fine Shipbuilding Museum where volunteers rebuild old commercial wooden fishing hulls.  Adjacent is Burnham’s boat building shed, operated by Harold Burnham, the 28th of that family in the craft which has delivered over 4000 vessels since the 1819 founding.

Image 04


Here’s a typical scene along the river, a marine railway with an occupant and a couple of squatters.

Image 05


On the east side of Gloucester Harbor there is a small, narrow peninsula called Rocky Neck.  Over the years it has become an artists’ colony and an enjoyable place to visit.  Here’s a whimsical window on one of the gallery buildings along Smith Cove which is inside the peninsula.  It’s a creation painted on a piece of plywood screwed on to the siding.  Notice even the reflections in the bottom panes.  The window box is a second piece of painted plywood.

Image 07


Here we have an “open-air” gallery on the water’s edge.  Maybe “plein air” paintings are best shown in open air.

This reminded me that a few years ago I proclaimed myself a plein air photographer.  It hasn’t affected my estate.

Image 06


Smith Cove is also the home of one of the boats from the National Geographic series, Wicked Tuna.  The series chronicles the adventures of seven boats which seek the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna in North Atlantic Waters.  Here’s one of them, Hard Merchandise, berthed next to a wall of tail fins from her catches.  In her 2014 season she brought in some 3000 pounds of tuna worth about $62,000.  That’s a lot of sushi.

Image 08


This schooner also made me think of James Sessions’ watercolors of Gloucester Harbor.  (see my earlier post on Rockport Harbor.)

Image 09


Finally, I could not leave without capturing an image of Gloucester’s iconic 1925 memorial to the thousands of fisherman who have lost their lives over the centuries.

I was tempted to skip it because of how often it’s been published but I couldn’t pass it up with the clouds above it.

Image 10



I am pleased to report that my galleries on, experienced their six hundred thousandth (600,000) page view sometime in mid-August.  I opened these galleries in 2005 and they have proven to be a great display for my work, enabling me to post far more images that I could ever have done on this blog.  There’s almost no commentary other than some image titles, however, so my blog continues a role of enabling me to tell about some of my images and the related experiences.  There are 359 galleries of which 193 are public;  the rest are private family or institutional galleries.  The public galleries contain over 2100 images.  I’m grateful for all of the views that they have enjoyed.




  1. Bonnie Says:

    A wonderful tour for those of us who have never been there. I love the whimsical window!

  2. Ken Curtis Says:

    Cape Ann is a great place for photos. You captured some interesting scenes and objects that I missed. Did you photograph the lighthouses? The Annisquam, twin lights and Eastern Point lighthouses are all photo worthy.

  3. eajackson Says:

    A wonderful collection. Love the contrast of the colored sea kayaks with the fishing boats. The dories image creates such a peaceful feel. Thank you for sharing

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      Thanks, Buck. The many-colored kayaks would make a landfill look good. The dories are one of my four favorite images for the week. I recently processed them through Topaz using a Georgia O’Keefe filter and I love it.

  4. Skip Vandegrift Says:

    Enjoyable, as always. Skip

  5. Nancy Denmark Says:

    Great picture. Have never been there but would love to go, it is so beautiful.

  6. Rich Lewis Says:

    Thanks, again, for a charming glimpse of the great New England coastline. It is a lovely thing. Having kayaked in Maine and Canada you remind me of the somewhat tenuous relationship between kayaks and fishing boats, especially the lobster boats. When we stay out of each other’s way, it’s a great relationship, but when you are between a lobsterman and his trap, well that is another thing entirely.

    Congratulations on 600,000 views. The world loves you Ralph!

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      Thanks, Rich. I dunno about the world’s love; maybe their browsers are just stuck. I seriously don’t know where they come from. Over the ten year period that’s some 500 a month. A lot of those…maybe half… are from the institutional clients. The rest? Bless ’em.

  7. larryalyons Says:

    Ralph, Thank you for another enjoyable and terrific series. I think you should consider leading a field trip for the SJCC to New England. My gosh, 600,000 reviews… I am in awe…

  8. Joe perno Says:

    Great Images Ralph. I love this Stuff. Really like the one with the two fishing skulls and the Schooner with the Reflection. Bravo Sir !

  9. fiebs Says:

    My favorites are the dories and the memorial with clouds. And that window–so pretty. Always fun traveling vicariously through you, Ralph. Looking forward to your next trip!

  10. denisebushphoto Says:

    Thanks for the visit to the now very distant shore! It looks like you had a wonderful trip. The photo of the two Gloucester dories is my favorite. The painted window caught my eye too… what a great idea!

    • Ralph Berglund Says:

      Thanks for visiting and commenting, De. Yes, the dories were the artsiest image from this part of the trip. I’ve also run them through Topaz’s Impression with a Georgie O’Keefe filter and I love the print on canvas.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.