October 20, 2009

Boating Season winding down and Swallows on the River

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What a great boating season! Sad that it's coming to an end this month, but we sure squeezed out as much as we could.

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Dirk Samuelson fishing near the Old Saybrook bridge

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Sunset is when the swallows start swooping, but it gets pretty chilly when the sun goes down.

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George is bundled up!

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Mom and Dad look pretty comfortable; Mom brought a thermos of Bull Shots: vodka and beef bullion- Yummy!

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First they start swooping...

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Then they gather in a huge cloud and fly around together until they funnel into the phragmites. I tried to get a video of it; see below.

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George and Abby fishing together.

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Swallows 2009

Here is a video of the swallow activity on the river earlier this month. Check out the Swallow Post from last year for more info and photos.

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October 18, 2008

Cruise through Selden's with Mom and Dad

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A beautiful and warm fall day in Selden's Creek.

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Perfect for a boat cruise.

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Last Sparrow Sighting of the Season

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September 24, 2008

another swallow video

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September 23, 2008


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The Swallows on the CT River

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It's sunset!

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Which means the swallows are beginning their nightly September ritual on the CT River. Thousands of swallows gather above Goose Island, just south of Essex on the other side of the river. They fly together around and around, diving and funneling together. Then, when the sun has set, they all suddenly begin to cascade down into the cattails for the night, until there isn't a single one left in the air.

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We're going to get a front row seat.

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Here they are! This is such an amazing thing to witness. It is undescribable, and the photos won't do it justice. Here are some videos, which show it a little better, but you really must see it in person.

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Mom and George

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Dad, with swallows in the sky behind

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George got pooped on!

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The Riverquest, $40 per person for the swallows tour. Ha!

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September 12, 2008

Floating in Whalebone Creek

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September 06, 2008

More boating...

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Heather and Jim Stone on the Lieutenant River

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Going Fast!

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We're having the MOST FUN!

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Dinner stop at Selden's Island

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Mmmm... Burgers!

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Better than a restaurant!

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I wish summer would last a little longer.

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September 02, 2008

Evening Boat Cruise behind Nott's Island, Essex



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July 01, 2008

Boat Ride

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Matt took us out on his boat this weekend. What fun!

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These ospreys are used to the traffic in and out of the marina.

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The Sun Heath

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George, Self Portrait

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Sunken Dock and Shed in Hamburg Cove

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September 30, 2006

Selden's Creek 9.30.06

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August 26, 2006

Whalebone Creek Crew

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Where did George and Abby go?

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The Spot


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George and Abby

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Chester Ferry

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Becky Thatcher

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I'd like to take this opportunity to inform you of George's recent career change. He has left landscaping to pursue his dream of modeling, which from the look of his first shoot he'll surely be successful.

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Shleby and Patrick have decided to follow in his footsteps.

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Which of course led to a mud ball fight.

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July 16, 2006

George and Heath out on the river

Nice Zodiac!

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Woohoo! George bought the boat!


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Ct. River Museum

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Essex Cemetery


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Cruise on the River

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Good times!

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