A vista of downtown Portsmouth and its historic Ceres Street and Bow Street waterfronts. The dark and ominous sky made for a moody scene – but didn’t keep a few rays of sunlight from reaching through.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it another thousand times. The curve of the buildings along Bow Street is a beautiful thing, demonstrating the curve in the Piscataqua River as seen from land. As captured in this image, Market Street and Bow Street are busy places, usually the most fun places to be during warmer weather – evidenced by the steady flow of pedestrians. I loved the lighting and the summery mood in this image, and enjoyed seeing peoples’ reaction to the cars as they navigate the streets. Portsmouth is great for people watching all times of year, but especially when the people start coming out of the woodwork in the spring months.
The Portsmouth waterfront along Bow Street is a unique little spot in this world. In the summertime, it is a lively and bustling place filled with restaurant patrons and good food & beverage, usually with a gorgeous waterfront sunset and a front row seat to industrial river traffic.
As seen from Maine, the waterfront is a more peaceful and distant place. This was taken following an intense thunderstorm in the late afternoon, with towering clouds hovering over the city. The Martingale Wharf can be seen mid-construction with its iron framing in plain site, after the original building was demolished.
Bow Street is most frequently shown from the view at the top of the hill – where you can see the historic buildings that follow the curve of the Piscataqua River frontage. On a morning walk, I decided to capture what I thought was also a beautiful moment in time. It just so happens, that this view probably also hasn’t changed too dramatically in my lifetime – and maybe in decades. Downtown Portsmouth is an awesome place.
Bow Street is one of my favorite streets in all of Portsmouth, for many reasons. One of the reasons is the beautiful curve that the street takes from the Memorial Bridge towards Market Street, highlighting the curve of the waterfront and the decks that adorn the opposite side of the buildings seen in this panoramic photo.
Another glimpse of what Portsmouth’s waterfront looked like with the original Memorial Bridge. In just about eight more months, a replacement bridge will be standing in its place – reconnecting the communities of Kittery and Portsmouth. The iconic Moran Towing tugboats sit at rest in the foreground.
Reviewing the archives is always fun – this shot from a few years back features the Bow Street waterfront at night under a dramatic cloudy sky.