Boat Ramp | Prescott Park

I’ve posted many shots from time spent in Prescott Park…and here’s another to add to the series. Across the Piscataqua River you can see the orange glow of sunset against the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

This was one of my earlier shots taken not long after getting my new camera back in March.  Despite the cold weather, I spent hours roaming town and experimenting.  I was quite pleased with how this one turned out…even though I didn’t quite know what I was doing just yet.

The Dolphin Striker

The Dolphin Striker is one of the true institutions among Portsmouth restaurants and bars.  This shot captures the walkway as it was a couple weeks back, before the City began its Ceres Street improvement project.  The bricks have since been removed and large pieces of granite have been installed between the walkway and Bow Street.  From the looks of the progress, it’s going to be a much different feel to this corner (and hopefully safer too).  Check back for updates.

The Memorial Bridge Is Closed….

For those who haven’t heard (or those who haven’t driven to the end of the bridge and seen the blockade) – the Memorial Bridge is Closed.  It is deteriorating to the point where it can not currently support automobiles…at this point it’s only open to pedestrians and cyclists at least for 4-6 weeks (through the end of November).  A pretty surreal thing to see this normally busy bridge completely desolate other than other folks who are walking the deck for the first time.  Quite (eerily) peaceful and beautiful to go for a stroll and look back on the skyline.

Click on each image for a new format, with a true large format image on a black background. enjoy.

The Wentworth By The Sea | New Castle, NH

The Wentworth By The Sea is one of the seacoast’s true historic gems.  Originally opened for business in 1874, this grand hotel still stands perched atop the oceanside overlooking Portsmouth Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean.  The hotel nearly saw the end of its life in the 1980s and 1990s before a local group undertook a Herculean effort to save and restore the property.  The massive structure, originally designed and constructed to model the elegant ocean liners of its day, remains striking (at least to me) and as a tribute to the history of the region.

Local Seacoast historian J. Dennis Robinson recently wrote a book on the property’s history, which can be purchased locally in downtown Portsmouth at River Run Bookstore or online at Amazon.  Read more about the hotel at historichotels.org.

The Wentworth By The Sea | New Castle, NH

The Wentworth By The Sea is one of the seacoast’s true historic gems.  Originally opened for business in 1874, this grand hotel still stands perched atop the oceanside overlooking Portsmouth Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean.  The hotel nearly saw the end of its life in the 1980s and 1990s before a local group undertook a Herculean effort to save and restore the property.  The massive structure, originally designed and constructed to model the elegant ocean liners of its day, remains striking (at least to me) and as a tribute to the history of the region.

Local Seacoast historian J. Dennis Robinson recently wrote a book on the property’s history, which can be purchased locally in downtown Portsmouth at River Run Bookstore or online at Amazon.  Read more about the hotel at historichotels.org.

Saturday Night in Market Square

Out shooting on Saturday night amidst a busy Market Square, the majority of my shots had some interesting headlights traveling through the exposure.  Happy with my shots and ready to head home and out of the cool weather, I was approached by a young couple who was curious if I was with the Portsmouth Herald or if I had happened to capture them dancing over near the newly installed scarecrows (guys – this post is for you, check out the video below).  I let them know I wasn’t from the paper but that there was a chance we had some evidence that they were in Market Square.

NHFF :: New Hampshire Film Festival

Portsmouth is the home of the 2009 New Hampshire Film Festival (additional details here:  www.nhfilmfestival.com), which takes place October 15th-18th.

The annual festival is a great addition to the cultural offerings in the city – I’m hoping to make it to a few of my first films this year.  Visit their website for more information on the films that were selected to be featured in this year’s festival along with schedules.  Films are going to be screened at various venues throughout the city, with The Music Hall serving as the focal point of the weekend.

Check out one of the marketing posters for the event hanging in the city (near Gilley’s on Fleet Street), next to a very Don Draper ad for office space at the International Office Suites in a nod to Mad Men (probably the only show I won’t miss).

An Atlantic Heights Sunrise

With the leaves doing their usual fall thing, the rising sun peeks through the tree along Kearsarge Way.  Also hiding behind the tree is I-95 and the Piscataqua River Bridge…and this shot was taken from my stairwell in my quaint Atlantic Heights World War I home.  The sun is coming up pretty late these days, so I actually catch the rising sun and get to see some beautiful colors.