One of the many projects that the City has taken on since the start of the Spring was the replacement of the sidewalks on Market Street with new brick sidewalks. I think that some of the older sidewalks were brick anyway, but thankfully this month marked the completion of the project in this section of town – with fancy new brick sidewalks for all to enjoy, and more importantly, a smooth road surface (with new yellow lines to keep everyone on their side). Things are looking good on this section of Market and the sidewalks are currently being replaced and widened next to the salt piles and the Sheraton. I can’t wait for everything to be complete and for all the orange cones to be retired for the season.
Time has been of the essence recently, and I haven’t been able to stray off my usual path too much. Thankfully, we’ve had some very interesting weather to spice up some familiar scenes. Tonight, on my way home, the sky was pretty overcast and though I wanted to snap off a few shots – I didn’t find too much that was really getting me in the zone. I have a few ideas that I’ll come back to in the next week or so, but I thought it would be a loss for the evening and I’d go to some older material…
Well – on my way back to the car, mother nature must have felt generous because the sun started to peek through a crack in the clouds, making the Bow Street rowhouses glow along with the tugboats on the waterfront. This was taken from the Portsmouth Harbor Cruises dock next to The Oar House….one of my favorite places to shoot. I love all of the variety that summer evenings have to offer, with the extra daylight and the intense clouds/storms that come with the change in New England weather.
Today I wanted to feature a few of my favorite bridges on this planet we share. Above, is one of my shots of the Brooklyn Bridge from a recent trip into the city. I wanted to get a somewhat fresh take on the bridge that thousands of people have photographed thousands of times..it’s definitely one of those shots on every photographer’s bucket list. I plan to get back and shoot more, but this was another one I’m happy with in the meantime…and I thought I’d give a bit of an antique treatment to honor the age and timelessness of the structure.
Below you can enjoy one of my simple shots of a beautiful late evening over the Piscataqua River. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the view…I enjoyed the deep blues in the evening sky with the faint hint of orange from the setting sun. The freighter and the lights on the bridges and the reflections add a peacefulness to the shot that keeps me coming back.
As promised, today features two closer views of the Portsmouth waterfront under the beautiful and immense cloud formations from Thursday night’s storms. The blue of the evening sky highlights the North Church steeple while the sunlight grazes one of the layers of clouds in the image below. This was truly one of those rare afternoons where the natural beauty of sunset matched the allure of the waterfront. Some of my favorite captures to date.
As a follow up to yesterday’s close up of the Memorial Bridge abutments, here’s another shot from the gorgeous evening. This time you can see the Portsmouth skyline off in the distance along with the Memorial Bridge and the North Church, while some plant growth in Kittery, ME can be seen at the bottom of the frame.
On Sunday check back in for two more images featuring the beloved skyline up close with the Moran Towing tugs and the North Church…under the setting of the gorgeous evening sky. Thanks for visiting – hope you have a great weekend! Get out and enjoy the weather 🙂
Many people have been wondering what Portsmouth’s waterfront might look like without the Memorial Bridge. I’m one of those people too, …while I’m sure that day will come, I’ll be sure to take as many photos of the historic structure as I can in the meantime.
Tonight’s sunset was simply beautiful, with the gift of tall storm clouds from earlier in the evening together with vibrant sun rays…add in a decrepit bridge, and you’ve got a pastel beauty. There will be plenty more shots over the next week featuring some intense cloud formations (and maybe even a brief video).
Today features two of the most recognizable skylines in the United States. Above you can see the Prudential Building and the Hancock Tower with the Charles River in the foreground.
Below, you can see a beautiful sunset on the facades of the Upper East Side overlooking Central Park in Manhattan. Two beautiful cities with incredibly rich history, both overlooking beautiful natural settings. Happy Summer to everyone!