The Peirce Island Boat Ramp is always a favorite – although most of the time it is from the viewpoint below. Heading in one day from a walk after getting a light coat of fresh snow, I decided to head to the ramp to see if the South End was looking good…and of course it was, but nothing extraordinary so I planned to pack it in. Well, as has happened before, I decided to take a quick turn, to see what the scene looked like behind me and decided to snap the other end of the boat ramp.
Another one of my favorite storefronts in Portsmouth – the wooden door of The Dolphin Striker nestled into the brick walkway beneath the deep red facade of the building at the corner of Market Street and Bow Street. This shot was taken in the midst of the blizzard that struck in mid January, bringing the most fresh snow that the area had seen since the beginning of 2011.
Today’s image is a guest post from the streets of New York City. This was shot on the fringe of Bryant Park…we were in town to check out Rockefeller Center and I was pleasantly surprised when we got out to the streetscape from the subway, and The Chrysler Building was there to greet us. I love the movement of the cab and the stoic presence of one of the most iconic skyscrapers in the US.
Two of my favorite places in Portsmouth: 1) the public docks at Prescott Park and 2) the Memorial Bridge. The calmness of the water this morning was just awesome, and the reflection of the bridge on the river underneath the puffy cloud covered sky was enough for me to try and capture the scene. It’s great to have an inspiring start to the day…I should get myself out of bed more often…harder though with the intense cold that’s found its way to NH lately.
Above the I-95 roadway on the Piscataqua River Bridge, the intense morning light illuminates the moisture being fired into the air by the gypsum plant on the river. The silhouetted bridge is a fun change of pace for me, with some interesting clouds and some cool colors. Another vantage point of a familiar landmark for anyone who has traveled up I-95 to Maine or Portsmouth, and for anyone who has enjoyed a view upriver from The Decks in Portsmouth.
A simple shot of a perfectly New England scene – Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse at dusk. The day’s last night is just kissing the window of the lighthouse as it watches over Portsmouth Harbor. Kittery can be seen in the distance with some of the late afternoon’s rich sunlight hitting the homes on the shore. Another shot from the inspiring Great Island Common in New Castle.
It looked like a very cold day to be out on the water of the Piscataqua River. It was frigid enough on the shore where this shot was taken…on the deck of The River House. The Moran Towing tugs brave the winter storm while The Old Ferry Landing deck is perched precariously over the river. The Middle Bridge and the Piscataqua River Bridge can be seen in the distance.
Sticking with trying new things….here are a couple ocean shots snapped in warmer days earlier this year during the summer. Two interesting shots taken minutes apart…tracking the evolution of a wave. The top shot was a fast shutter speed…while the image below was a long exposure where you can see the water retreating back into the ocean while another wave rolls towards the shoreline.
There’s a new tenant moving in next door to the salt piles on Market Street. Traditional Woodworks, Inc. Design Studio has made some nice improvements to the exterior of the building and looks to add a new dynamic to this end of the Market Street entrance as you head into town. The snowy and very cold looking scene doesn’t do much for it, but I look forward to seeing some new commerce happening in this neck of the woods.
If you’ve been a regular visitor, you know that it’s rare that I feature people or animals….this particular afternoon at the beach, I couldn’t help but admire the simple beauty of the happy dog running in the sand in the ridiculously nice afternoon light. The reflections of the water and the snow on the rooftops add a context to an otherwise typical beach scene…and something I never make the time to appreciate. Sometimes it’s nice to make exceptions! (Be sure to check this one out in large format by clicking the image…you can see just how crisp that doggie is against the water and the blue sky/water)