Monthly Archives: December 2009

White Sand Beaches

Good morning everyone. I was coming up the drive way the other day when I saw this pattern in the snow. I instantly thought of white sand beaches and ripples sculpted by the waves. Have you ever seen this? It is incredible that nature can create such beauty, asymmetrical though it may be. Each ripple influences the shape on the next down stream ripple by changing the way the water (or wind in this case) moves across the surface, The fact that I am thinking about sandy beaches might make you think I have a one track mind. Maybe I do. But I am reminded of a few island picnic spots we visit that do have beautiful sand beaches and how nice it is to be with everyone on a hot summer day enjoying good food and swimming.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

How did he do that? (by Jim)

Many of you have by now seen my lobster bake photo in the Mary Day 2010 calendar. Pretty wild, huh?

And I’ve gotten a couple of “HOW did you do that?” questions. So I might as well answer all at once.

I wish I could tell you it’s my idea, completely original, etc. Not so much. I found this technique on the internet. Here’s a good roundup of how it’s done:

Fairly simple:

1. Make a panoramic series.
In this case, I stood on a rock with a good 360-degree view, with the schooner, the lobster bake and the beginning of sunset. I then took about a dozen pictures, turning a few degrees each time and making sure I overlapped enough. (I hesitate to publicly name a private island but I’ll tell you it’s near Bucks Harbor. If you know the area, you can likely figure it out.)

2. Turn the series into a panorama
I use Photoshop’s “autostitch” function to automatically (if slowly) create the panorama. All I have to do afterwards is a bit of cropping and cleanup.

3. Turn image 180 degrees
This ensures that the ground will be at the center and the sky will be at the edges. You can do it the opposite by not turning the image before doing the next step.

4. Apply the Filter
In Photoshop: Filter: Distort: Polar Coordinates.

And Bob’s your uncle.

Obviously, this requires a little planning and it won’t work for every picture. But it’s a nice tool to have ready for when it fits.

Jim Dugan

Winter Has Arrived

Good morning everyone. It is a whopping 10 degrees out this morning here at the global headquarters for Schooner Mary Day. I recently talked with a young lady from Austin, TX and she told me they have had snow and cooler temps there as well. I for one am glad to see the snow arrive although it settled upon the earth that had nary a few inches of frost in the dirt. The plow on my truck pushes more than just snow even with my best attempts to keep it a few inches off the ground.
This photo by Meg Maiden shows the scene here last Wednesday. It was just wild with storm warnings in the Bay. The No’easter blew with a will and what that wind didn’t get the No’wester behind it did. Katie and I were aboard on Tuesday making sure all was right. Even though we were safe on shore with heavy mooring lines holding the schooner secure we still braced ourselves for electric lines to be knocked out, oil lamps filled and drawn buckets of water. All passed without incident and we are back to normal operational status. You can see in this photo by the mast head tell tales that the wind is north east and the point of land that extends down Sea St. blocks the worst of the buffeting gusts. The vessels still heel just from the windage on the mast heads. Low tide is at 1300 today so I will get a chance to look things over. We get aboard by simply walking down the beach and stepping onto the remaining floats at the end of the dock system that can be seen in lower part of the picture.

We sent out our annual calendars this week so if you did not get one and would like one just drop us an email and we can send one right out. Jim Dugan’s photo is quite amazing.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

Getting in the Tree

Good morning everyone. Four inches of snow on Saturday ushered in the holiday season Currier and Ives fashion. We spent the day scrambling to get everything covered or off the ground before the snowfall. Lately we’ve taken several trees down around the yard trying to get some more sunshine to the house so we have been chipping branches and stacking wood like crazy. I have also generated a number of logs for the sawmill in the process.
But this being a day of “rest” we decided to take a walk in the woods and get our Christmas tree and enjoy a big family dinner. The late day sun cast golden light on the treetops and the winds which had blown so hard at the height of the storm eased to just a whisper. Woodpeckers were calling deep in the woods. The kids dragged the tree most of the way to the house. Dad did jump in on the last uphill. After pruning and adding a few branches to what was the top of a thirty foot fir the tree now stands trimmed and lit filling the house with the scent of balsam. Ours is not a fancy tree by any stretch but that is just fine with this family. Already it has given us a day together, the greatest gift of the season.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

In Full Production

Good morning everyone. Well here is just a sampling of the girls one day efforts and a follow up to yesterday’s blog. The big one is from Acadia, the white Peking. The greenish shells come from Hershey and Chicago. All the others come from the chickens. Katie and I are building them a new coop today. Yesterday we had 19 eggs… one per bird. As Ed’s comment pointed out yesterday Jen feeds these birds like no others. A daily diet of layer pellets, watermelon, spinach, cracked corn, cucumber, and strawberries confirms our family motto: Quisquam dignitas effectus est dignitas effectus ut redundo! And you thought those high school latin classes would never come in handy. Not sure how that will influence the cholesterol level but visitors have commented on healthy out birds look.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.

Pickin’ Up Chicks

Good morning everyone. Well it has been warmer than usual this last month. Finally the cold weather is beginning to set in. The docks were taken out down at the harbor yesterday. Winter is not far off. Katie and I are working here at the house these days. And we have some new employees that have finally begun producing some noticeable results. We can’t keep up with them actually. Meet the girls…
The chickens (all 16 of them) really don’t mind being picked up. The ducks on the other hand get a little bit antsy.The chicken on the left is a barred rock. The chicken in the middle is a buff orpington. The black chicken is an astralop. At this point all of them are in full production and we get at least a dozen eggs a day, usually more. The idea is that this summer we should be able to supplement the 22 dozen schooner eggs we use each week with our farm fresh eggs. If you have never tasted a duck egg they taste just like chicken… eggs that is. The duck egg white is more viscous and they are great for eating and even better for baking. The chicken eggs have yolks that are a deep golden yellow, not pale like grocery store eggs. The chickens also have a habit of laying eggs outside of the coop so we have the proverbial Easter egg hunt everyday. As if we didn’t have enough to do already. Well we do love watching the “chicken channel” (all chickens all the time and way better than anything else on TV). I am wondering where we are going to put all those chickens and ducks aboard the schooner. They are wondering where I will be sleeping since they plan to be living in the fo’c’s’l. Won’t they be surprised when they see the little harnesses they will use for towing the schooner.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.The big white one is a peking we named Acadia (that is our insurance company, sorry Aflac). The other two ducks, Chicago in the back ground and Hershey rubbing beaks with Acadia, are runner ducks. Acadia’s eggs are three time the size of a normal chicken egg!